Cary Rail Bridge

Warren Deck Truss over Fox River
Fox River Grove, McHenry County, Illinois

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Name Cary Rail Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Currently Primary Operator Metra
Length 250 Feet Total, 125 Foot Spans
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 25 Feet (Estimated)
Type Warren Deck Truss
Date Built 1927
Traffic Count 70 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 37.50
In 1854, the Illinois & Wisconsin Railroad opened a line between Chicago & Cary. The line opened up many possibilities for future expansion.

The next expansion came the following year, when the Chicago St. Paul & Fond Du Lac Railroad opened the line up to Janesville.

This is where the line ended, and it was not extended for years. The line had become part of the Chicago & Northwestern in 1855.

A chunk of the line between Chicago and Des Plaines was double tracked in 1882.

In 1886, a connector line was built between Evansville and Janesville, which created a possible opening to Madison.

The line on its southern end, between Harvard and Chicago was heavily used, while its northern end was not quite as heavily used.

The Chicago & Northwestern was purchased by Union Pacific in 1995, who has let the line north of Janesville fall into disrepair, and rarely accesses Evansville.

Today, the line is used by the METRA from Harvard to Chicago, and north of Janesville is not used as much. The whole line is known as the Harvard Subdivision.

This bridge is one of the more commonly known bridges in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

The bridge is located between the villages of Cary and Fox River Grove, crossing the Fox River. The Fox River is a major recreational waterway at this point.

The bridge has a fairly simple design. A pair of riveted, 8 Panel Warren Deck Trusses, with alternating verticals rest on a concrete pier, and stone abutments.
The bridge appears to be well maintained. The structural steel shows little sign of deterioration, and the substructures appear to be in good condition.
The bridge is visible from the Northwest Highway (US-14), and is best accessed from Lions Park in Fox River Grove.

The picture above is an overview from the park.

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