Winfield Rail Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge over W. Branch DuPage River
Winfield, DuPage County, Illinois

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Name Winfield Rail Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 32 Feet Total, 16 Foot Spans
Width 3 Tracks
Height Above Ground 15 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1863, Widened 1895 and 1905
Traffic Count 100 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 27.70
C&NW Bridge Number 50
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date July 2015
A brief history of the Union Pacific Geneva Subdivision:


Located in the town of Winfield, this large stone arch bridge crosses the W. Branch of the DuPage River.
The first segment of the bridge was built in 1863 to replace an older trestle, and featured a pair of spans. An addition was made in 1895 for a second track, and again in 1905 for a third track.
In 2019, the bridge remains virtually unchanged since the 1905 construction. The northern face is the 1905 face, and it is believed that the southern face is the 1863 face.
The only alteration to the bridge was the encasement of the lower walls. Other than that, the bridge still serves three tracks.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition.

The author has ranked the bridge as being moderately significant, due to the older age.
The photo above is an overview.

W. Branch DuPage River Railroad Bridges
Upstream W. Branch DuPage River Trail Bridge
Downstream Burlington Park Rail Bridge


Source Type


Build Date Chicago & North Western Historical Society Archives
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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