|Bob Freitag shared|
BNSF lift bridge, Prescott, WI from BNSF Historical Society Facebook Page.
I call this the "Mickey Mouse" bridge because the tower sheaves look like Mickey Mouse's ears.
|Ted Gregory updated|
Ted GregoryTed and 1 other manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Fascinating Railroad Structures. The BNSF (CB&Q) drawbridge across the St Croix is actually on the MN/WI state line. In this view, I am standing on the Prescott, WI side. This bridge can be a serious bottleneck as its double track on both ends. This is BNSF's Twin Cities to Galesburg, IL mainline. At Galesburg, IL, BNSF comes in from 6 different directions in to a massive hump yard (most traffic continues to Chicago).
Marty Bernard The BNSF does have a line from Savanna to Galesburg. Don;t know what shape it is in.
Ted GregoryTed and 1 other manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Fascinating Railroad Structures. Jeff Marty I believe traffic splits near Savannah at Plum River. Priority traffic heads east to Rochelle and Aurora. Freights drop south thru Denrock, Barstow, Colona, Orion, Rio, Galesburg. South from Plum River is also old Q.
I havent beeb south of Savannah to Galesburg yet. Track looks really good on Google maps. I saw an auto rack train at Gburg, a rail train near Rio, on Google satellite. All I could tell you is the amount of traffic that runs through Rochelle on BNSF is nowhere near what runs out of the Twin Cities.
|Zach Stagman posted|
Prescott WI lift bridge
Marty caught the predecessor bridge.
|Marty Bernard posted|
This CB&Q Switch Tenders Shack is in Burns, MN at the bridge over the St. Croix River. At the other end of the bridge you can see a little of the town of Prescott, WI. To the right a few hundred feet is where the St. Croix River joins the Mississippi.