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Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by MasonJar, Jun 2, 2003.
This bridge is just down the road from the Smiths Falls Railway Museum
Approach to the bridge. The pictures are taken from an island that is in the middle of the Rideau Canal. It is an interesting juxtaposition of two major forms of transportation, both of which are now past...
Looking across the approach. Track and guard rails now gone.
Looking towards the bridge.
Closer. The massive counterweight means that is requires very little power to lift the bridge.
Look up, look way up...
One last look...
Great shots Andrew, wish I could have visited the Museum, last year on our way to Ottawa Railfair.
Thanks Chris... I will post some pictures of the museum tomorrow -- I took 75 shots on the weekend, and it is too much work to post them all at once.
Railfair seems early this year (18-19 October), so the museum may still be open on weekends.
Check out the 3 guard rails across the bridge.
And those sloppy rail joiners on the bottom end!
Now, watch out how you talk to those rails! Those rails are very sacred. Some of them are off the old Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste Marie Railway (it never made it to the Soo). The guard rails that were removed from the other bridge were also BW&SSM Camell Sheffield Steel 1886. Where did they disappear to?
If you want to know more about the B&W, visit my website.
Thanks for these interesting photos Andrew. Must try to visit the museum one of these days
Hi Railwaybob, I just had a look through your web site,, very well done.
The Loco that was built at the " Manchester works", I use to drive the bus past the workshops, and many a time we were held up while Pickford movers moved a huge steam engine out .
That was 1965, OOOOO Dear where is me walking stick.
They closed the shop soon after.
If you'd like to see what the activity was like a few miles further down the line during the summer of 1912, click on this link.
Hello Andrew , I'm new to the scene here and in looking for ideas on my bascule bridge which I need for the effect although the bridge will be unpowered , I came across your photos . Just what I need to plan the scene . Thanks . COBRA
Glad you liked the photos, and welcome to The Gauge!
As I understand it, it took very little power to raise or lower this bridge, as it is very well balanced. I don't know if a person could move it, but it did not take much. Of course, it is braced and probably welded in the open position now, but it would have been something to see...
It is interesting that the picture shows two major modes of transportation in one place. This is because the bridge is crossing the Rideau Canal. Canals were supposed to be the answer to transport, but the canal never really saw all that much traffic in the end. The railways came along shortly after the canal was completed, and no one ever proposed another canal to Ottawa
Thanks for the additional info , Andrew , ever little bit helps when trying to recreate this thing for my '50's era CPR layout . I'm looking in particular at the decking and how everything else weathered .....cement and iron. The one shot almost looks like H.O. railjoiners ! Wonder if they are soldered in ?? . I won't be motorizing my bridge as it sit at one end of the layout near a painted on the backdrop inlet . The supposed inlet is for my Edmund Fitzgerald to access the ore dock . My only concern is that the bridge is single track and the mainline is double so there will be some traffic control necessary . Thanks again ...COBRA
Welcome to the Gauge cobra
Sounds like an interesting project you are working on.
You mention that the bridge only has one line while the main track is double. I situation exists like that here in Georgetown where the double track CN line passes through. When it gets to the Credit River the bridge built in the 1850's only has a single track and at times is quite a bottleneck. I guess the bridge as it stands, can't have another track added and it is probably far too costly to replace the bridge
Robin: I think the whole CN Toronto bypass line qualifies as "single track with passing sidings". Whereever CN had to build a bridge, i.e. over a river, it was single track. Where someone else paid for the bridge, i.e. highway grade separation, it was double track. The one over Queen Street in Brampton is double width but being between 2 river bridges, only one track was laid.
When they built the new track on the bypass over the Humber, they used gantlet track -- 4 rails but not much wider than single track.
Cobra: I have a few photos of CPR in eastern Ontario in the late '50s if you're interested. Some of them have already been posted here.
So far the Canadian area of the Forum looks quite active , and I certainly appreciate the details that Andrew , Robin and David have been sending along . I'm in the Essex area and , sad to say , have not done any railfanning in your area although you aren't far .
My H.O. layout , under construction , is a ficticious scenario with CPR in a heavy industrial setting , namely steel ,and I have taken a few liberties .For instance I like Shay's , I mean really LIKE Shays so have inserted one in my setting even though I can't trace a Shay to a Canadian steel setting . There was one in Seattle at Hofius Steel ....close enough for me . My ore is supplied by the ' Fitz ' and a lime kiln and coal mine supply the other basic ingredients . I have obtained most of what I need but now the real work begins . Digitrax will power the layout ( decoders are installed but track is not finished ) . I'll keep an eye on this Forum for other ideas . Thank you all , gentlemen . NEIL