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Dubuque Rail Bridge

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Carries  Single rail track
Address  Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Body of water  Mississippi River
Bridge type  Truss bridge
Crosses  Mississippi River
Opened  December 1868
Location  Dubuque
Carry  Single-track railway
Dubuque Rail Bridge
Locale  Dubuque, Iowa and East Dubuque, Illinois
Maintained by  Canadian National Railway
Design  Truss Bridge with Swing-span
Similar  Dubuque–Wisconsin Bridge, Julien Dubuque Bridge, Dubuque Star Brewery, Shot Tower, Lock and Dam No 11

The Dubuque Rail Bridge carries a single rail line across the Mississippi River between Dubuque, Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois, near river mile 580.

It is currently operated by Canadian National Railway. as a result of their 1999 purchase of Illinois Central Railroad.


The original swing bridge was constructed by Andrew Carnegie and operated by the Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company opening in December 1868, primarily used by the Illinois Central Railroad.

The Dubuque Rail Bridge was rebuilt in the 1890s and has 5 spans and a swing-span. Because of a 150-foot bluff very close to the Mississippi riverbank on the Illinois side, the railroad tracks enter a 1/4-mile tunnel that curves 90-degrees to the south to allow trains to proceed along the tracks adjacent to the river south of the bridge.


Dubuque Rail Bridge Wikipedia