Dubuque Rail Bridge

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Dubuque Rail Bridge
Dubuque Iowa Rail Bridge.jpg
The Dubuque Railroad Bridge.
Carries Single rail track
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale Dubuque, Iowa and East Dubuque, Illinois
Maintained by Canadian National Railway
Design Truss Bridge with Swing-span
Opened December 1868
Coordinates 42°29′55″N 90°39′01″W / 42.49861°N 90.65028°W / 42.49861; -90.65028Coordinates: 42°29′55″N 90°39′01″W / 42.49861°N 90.65028°W / 42.49861; -90.65028

The Dubuque Rail Bridge carries a single rail line across the Mississippi River between Dubuque, Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois, near river mile 580. The original swing bridge was constructed by Andrew Carnegie and operated by the Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company opening in December 1868,[1] primarily used by the Illinois Central Railroad. The bridge was rebuilt in the 1890s and has 5 spans and a swing-span. It is currently operated by Canadian National Railway as a result of their purchase of Illinois Central in 1999.

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  1. ^ Ringwalt, J.L. (1888). "Development of Early Transportation Systems in the United States". Retrieved 2008-08-08. 

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