This route was the Vandalia Railroad before Pennsy bought it.
This bridge is one of two concrete arch bridges over the Little Wabash River in Effingham County. The other is a 1902 CN/IC open-spandrel arch bridge.
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A postcard of the Little Wabash near Route 40. Date unknown.
I took closeups of the three arches from west to east (below).
Note the debris hanging from the end of some of the tree limbs. And the erosion of the pier below the rounded pier cap. During floods, the water level must get so high that the water flows across the field north of US-40 and goes under the "dry" bridge I showed earlier. In other words, all of the kids in the postcard would be in deep, and probably fast flowing, water. That is probably why they have posted "stay out." There is a dam a little upstream, but it does not look like it could do a significant controlled release. So I think the only danger for flooding here is heavy rains.