Re: CA&E bridge in Wheaton
- I'm sure there must be lots more I too would love to see. We have seen
some good ones from several contributors.
Most of this group has already seen my four page photos essay at:
or for the short version see:
> > Most of this group has already seen my four page photos essay at:Glen:
I just took a look at your photos! They are great! Although, the photos
of lifeless cars in the Wheaton Yard and the cars tipped over and
burned really make me sad!
Although I was born only two years before passenger service ended on the CA&E, the bridge over the C&NW tracks was very much a part of my childhood. Our family moved to Childs Street in 1958. Because Childs Street did not yet go through to the east, we would generally go downtown Wheaton by driving up Woodlawn to Manchester Road, turning left onto Bridge Street over the C&NW tracks and then right on Front Street. We children somehow connected the Bridge Street bridge and the CA&E bridge, calling the first the “Big Daddy Bridge” and the latter the “Big Mommy Bridge.” I remember the scrapping operations and the removal of the north part of the bridge over Front and Wesley, as well as that over West Liberty Drive. Even then as a child I wished I had been able to experience the CA&E in action. I was just born a little too late for that.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of thegreatthirdrail
Sent: November 1, 2007 4:35 PM
Subject: [thegreatthirdrail] Re: CA&E bridge in Wheaton
Thanks for sharing this with people who might not otherwise have had a
chance to see it.
Now here's the question,, which is the more amazing fact, that the
bridge has been up for a century, that the CA&E has been basically gone
for 1/2 a century, or that it's been a quarter century since it was
restored for use on the Prairie Path ?
Time flies when you're having fun I guess....... ......
- Thanks Jim,
I felt that way too. I almost didn't take the photos, and I don't
believe I ever returned to the yard after that day -- it was just too
It was only then that I finally had to concede that it was all over
for the CA&E -- there was no longer any hope for a long discussed revival.
By the way, on Railroadphotoessays.com you may view several other
essays of mine including my ride on the Northshore.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jim K." <kidat50@...> wrote:
> > > Most of this group has already seen my four page photos essay at:
> I just took a look at your photos! They are great! Although, the photos
> of lifeless cars in the Wheaton Yard and the cars tipped over and
> burned really make me sad!
> Jim K.