Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Night Train

Rail Bridge, Geneva, IL, originally uploaded by William 74.

This rail bridge spans the Fox River in Geneva, and was built in the early 1900's for the Chicago & North Western Railroad. Primarily constructed of iron and steel, the bridge has had a few upgrades down through the years, but still retains most of it's original details. The concrete abutments still show wood grain patterns from the forms used during their initial pouring. The original builder's plate is still intact, as is a small CNW sign situated dead in the center of the span. Braces for telegraph wires still stick out from the sides of the bridge, and an old elevator is permanently mounted near the top.

Originally part of the North Western's main line west, this line serves the same purpose for the Union Pacific, shuttling both freight and passengers in and out of Chicago. This is a Metra commuter train, heading east towards the city.


  1. I clicked on this photo first (well, second technically, starting with your post for today); because i figured i might see an artistically rendered bottle of the cheapest, most hangover-guarantee-able liquor that money (i.e. coins in your couch) can buy! nevertheless, this shot is awesome. i didn't even recognize that it was the bridge i have seen in "real life" so many times!

  2. See, I figured that I'd get extra hits from Google if I named it after something well known. I'm unsure if this plan worked!