Why bother with yet another steel girder bridge? First of all, it shows that the DuPage River gets pretty big after the West and East Forks merge.
Secondly, when I first looked at the satellite image, I was surprised that the pier stuck out in the downstream direction. Ice breaking protrusions should be on the upstream side. Then I realized that the EJ&E might have had two tracks. This was confirmed by looking at the abutments of this bridge and of the bridge across Division Street. But looking at the satellite photo, the embankment supports just one track. So evidently the piers and abutments were built to make it easy to add a second track to the line.
|Thomas Fabianski posted|
Over the DuPage.
LHF BLE 902 makes an unusual pose as it crosses the DuPage river in Plainfield. The Swelled River from the recent rains has pushed alot of tree branches along the bridge embankment, making the waters look pretty rough under there, but otherwise the river was relitavely calm, and a few fish swam by as the train passed.
Another one off the bucket list: taken 5-14-19
|Nick Hart posted|
Approaching the River Sub in Plainfield, the Joliet-East Morris L509 crosses the Duper (better known as the DuPage River) with a pair of Illinois Central deathstars.
[CN engines that still have the IC "Death Start" livery are a favorite with railfans. And this is a reminder that CN bought both IC and EJ&E because these engines are on EJ&E tracks.]
Nick's caption will help me remember where the River Sub joins the mainline (Leithton Sub, I believe).