BNSF Dahinda Road Bridge

Concrete Beam Bridge over Dahinda Road
Dahinda, Knox County, Illinois

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Name BNSF Dahinda Road Bridge
Built By BNSF Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 30 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 13 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Prestressed Concrete Beam
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1910, Rebuilt Ca. 2005
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
BNSF Bridge Number 163.20
Significance No Significance
Documentation Date June 2015
In 1873, the Chicago, Pekin & Southwestern Railroad constructed a line from Streator, Illinois to Ancona, Illinois, a short distance.
The line would be extended to Pequot in 1876. By 1881, the railroad would become part of the Chicago, St. Louis and Western Railroad.
By 1885, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway would purchase the C&StL as part of a project to connect Kansas City to Chicago.
It would be merged into the subsidiary Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway.

The line would be extended to Chicago by 1885, using the B&O Depot.
In 1888, the line would be extended from Ancona to Fort Madison, Iowa. This also included a new crossing of the Mississippi River at Fort Madison; and crossing of the Illinois River at Chillicothe.

In 1900, the subsidiary was fully merged into the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. The ATSF system expanded to the west and southwest United States.
Between 1905 and 1911, the line would be double tracked from Chicago heading westward. The new line was important for freight heading from Iowa and Missouri to Chicago.

While the line provided a solid freight base, ATSF began to struggle. Through the era of mergers, there were a few attempted mergers.
Finally, the line merged with Burlington Northern Railway to form BNSF Railway in 1996. Today, this line is owned by BNSF and known as the Chillicothe Subdivision.

This bridge is a modern replacement of an original concrete beam.
The bridge was built about 2005 to replace the 1910 spans. There is no real historic factor remaining for this structure.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Estimated
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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