East Saint Louis to Waterloo

The Waterloo Railroad

Bridge piers can still be seen in Cahokia where the Waterloo Railroad once crossed over the canal. These are just east of and can be seen from Water Street.

This abandoned railway started out as the East Saint Louis, Columbia and Waterloo Railroad, called the Waterloo Railroad by locals, and was built starting in 1906 as an interurban line that connected its namesake towns. Despite its charter date, service along the line did not begin for another 6 years. Some of the line ran on tracks of the Mississippi and Ohio Railroad, which provided freight service to lineside customers. Freight service was stimulated by the founding of oil along the line in 1920.

As people started looking to cars and buses for their transportation needs, along with the building of state route 3, passenger service along the line discontinued in 1932, replaced with bus service along the same route. However, the M&O continued operating freight service along the line until 1937.

you can see bridge piers in the cahokia canal where this line crossed.

matthew busso
south saint louis county, IL
8/8/2010

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The ESTLCW row somewhat paralleled the river bluffs in Illinois. The ROW came south out of East St. Louis, through present day Sauget and Cahokia. The ROW crossed the old campus of Parks College in Cahokia, then headed southwest toward North Dupo. The route paralleled what is now Water Street in Cahokia. The bridge piers can be seen in the canal from Water Street. The ROW made a sharp right turn east and crossed the Missouri Pacific, TRRA and Illinois Central at the N. Dupo interlocking tower. The line then headed south toward Columbia and Waterloo. The ROW can still be seen in Dupo. It is currently used as N. 5th Street.

The ROW continued south from Dupo in the river bottoms to Columbia. In Columbia, the ROW rose out of the river bottoms and ran down Main Street. There was a bridge built to carry the line over the M&O. The bridge piers can still be seen on the east side of Main Street. The ROW then stayed on top of the bluffs to Waterloo.

Mike Cafferata
Dupo, IL
6/15/2013

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The bridge that crossed the creek at South Dupo by the Dupo Quarterback Club is still there. I also have a shot of a timetable from the "Lemp" era

Brian

Brian Frierdich
Dupo, IL
12/9/2013

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Heck Mike, maybe get together (AFTER All this snow is gone!) There is still a couple of Concrete piers on the south east side of Columbia. Need to get together and do a little searching. I wonder if these may be part of it? Can't think of the name of the road. Old timers disease!

Brian

Brian Frierdich
Dupo, IL
1/10/2014

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There are two concrete abutments east of Columbia on Centerville Road.

Are these from the interurban?

David Weidler
Mascoutah, IL
3/13/2014

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David,

Yes these are the same abutments that Mike and I were discussing. I haven't been on Centreville Rd in Columbia in about 10 years. Now would be a good time to head over there as there aren't any leaves on the trees yet. Just tried doing a google maps search and the view is from the middle of the summer when you can't see anything but leaves.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.439887,-90.18439,3a,75y,156h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sI8cvml4kXTikFzGFqu-TNA!2e0!6m1!1e1

Brian

Brian Frierdich
Dupo, IL
3/13/2014

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Look up the address 826 Centreville Rd in google maps and do street view.

Brian Frierdich

Brian Frierdich
Dupo, IL
3/13/2014

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Looking to the south, there is a shelf that curves to the right. I assume that is the old ROW.

Now, where was Lutz?

David Weidler
Mascoutah, IL
3/13/2014

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Do you happen to know the exact GPS coords of the bridge over the GM&O line?

There's an entry for it on Bridgehunter, and if we can get an exact location marked, that would be rad

Luke
Bridgehunter
6/19/2014

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