Crescent Rail Bridge

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Crescent Rail Bridge
Crescent Rail Bridge.jpg
Carries 1 Rail line
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois
Design Swing bridge
Opened 1899
Coordinates 41°30′42″N 90°35′41″W / 41.51167°N 90.59472°W / 41.51167; -90.59472

The Crescent Rail Bridge carries a rail line across the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. It was formerly owned by the Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway, a joint subsidiary of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, which was split in 1995 between then-joint owners Burlington Northern Railroad and Soo Line Railroad, with BN getting the bridge and the Illinois-side line, and Soo Line getting the Iowa-side line. Since then, after spinning off its lines in the area to I&M Rail Link, later Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad (a subsidiary of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad), the lines were repurchased by the Canadian Pacific Railway, parent of the Soo Line. Meanwhile, BN has merged into the BNSF Railway, the current owner of the bridge.

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