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Location DB > United States > Illinois > East St. Louis > B&O Complex
B&O Complex
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created by oh-ten on 11/20/2008 4:52 AM
last modified by S&J Explore on 9/1/2018 7:06 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

East St. Louis, Illinois
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • flooding
  • live rail lines
  •  Interesting Features
    A former switching and sorting yard for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad this complex assembled trains bound for the west via the MacArthur, McKinley and Eads Bridges. Buildings include a workshop, a large roundhouse, a steam plant and other outbuildings
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • a rope if you choose to climb a tree onto the embankment instead of going the easy way
  •  Recommended Equipment

    The first railroad crossing at St. Louis was the Eads Bridge in 1876. Prior to that all rail traffic was carried across on barges necessitating a jungle of switching yards on the east riverfront. The area of East St. Louis was still marked by an incredible density of rail infrastructure into the mid-20th century. This early 20th century complex is typical of its type with steam engine maintenance facilities and operations buildings showing a variety of construction from heavy timber to steel.
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     Future Plans
    This site will probably be cleared during the re-routing of interstate 55 caused by the proposed interstate 70 bridge to the north.

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    Unofficial East St. Louis asbestos hop and turkey hunt 2008
    Thu, Nov 20th, 2008
    posted by oh-ten
    25 pictures
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    ohten visit summer 2009
    Thu, Oct 8th, 2009
    posted by oh-ten
    10 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 9/2/2018 2:23 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Sep 2 18 at 2:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 1 18 at 19:06, S&J Explore changed the following: Status, Future Plans
  • on Oct 8 09 at 4:45, Steed validated this location
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:50, oh-ten updated gallery ohten visit summer 2009
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:50, oh-ten updated gallery picture Louver slats?
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:50, oh-ten updated gallery picture Storage building
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:50, oh-ten updated gallery picture Texture
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:49, oh-ten updated gallery picture Debris
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:49, oh-ten updated gallery picture Collapse II
  • on Oct 8 09 at 1:49, oh-ten updated gallery picture Collapse
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