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.
Fox River Railroad Bridges
|Upstream||Fox Lake Rail Bridge (N)|
|Upstream||Fox Lake Rail Bridge (S)|
|Downstream||Algonquin Trail Bridge|