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Sylvan Island Railroad Bridge

Historic Whipple Through Truss over Canal
Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois

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Name Sylvan Island Railroad Bridge
Built By Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Contractor Detroit Bridge & Iron Company
Currently Owned By MidAmerican Energy Company
Length 202 Feet
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 12 Feet (Estimated)
Type Whipple Through Truss with Phoenix Columns
Date Built 1867, Relocated Here 1891
Date Removed (From Burlington) 1887
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is abandoned)
Current Status Abandoned
This line was a spur to a steel mill on Sylvan Island. In modern days, Sylvan Island has been cleaned up and nature has reclaimed it.
09/28/13


This bridge is one of the most significant and historic in the area!
Crossing between Moline and Sylvan Island over a small channel, it was relovated here in 1891. It had a 45 foot section taken off, and it was installed to access steel mills on the island.
Today, it is fenced off and people can't get great views of it. Someone should really relocate it!
It contains several Phoenix Columns, a historical engineering achievement. These contain several little rods welded inside of a hollow tube.
Even today, they remain important, giving strength to big bridges and skyscrapers.
The best views are from Sylvan Island, or the pedestrian (Ex Road) Bridge downstream.



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