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    Miles City ND 2.jpgIt was 1983 on a cross country railfanning trip when I woke up freezing in my sleeping bag at 6:00am to see this. I had pulled into town at midnight with no idea where I was in relation to the tracks. The Northern Pacific mainline is on the high trestle and the Soo line was right in front of me. Miles City North Dakota. These were not on the disk John.

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    I have started working on the website. For time being, it will be hosted by webstarts. main web adress will be:

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    Here are a few shots of the lift bridge over the TN river about 500 yards downstream from the Chickamauga Dam. The bridge is still in use as you can see from the NS Intermodal crossing it but the lift has not been operated in many years. I hope you can use them. Sorry about all the cranes in the foreground, they are building new locks at the dam.

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    If you're still looking, I got another bridge for you at lunch today.


    This is the Norfolk Southern mainline (double track) crossing over Manchester Street in downtown Lexington, KY. If I'd been a few minutes earlier I could have caught a train going over it.

    There are several more detail shots in my Flickr Railfan set, toward the end of the set (look after the big red RJ Corman boxcar). You're welcome to them, with attribution. I'll be posting some of them over in the Random Photos thread.
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    Hey, John!

    I've been meaning to photograph this bridge. It's a bit unusual, at least from my limited experience. It has the look of a "temporary" bridge that never got replaced. Or, it reminds me of something from the "L" in Chicago. This is on the spur line in Lexington I've been studying. Specifically, this is where the line crosses Broadway.

    The lighting was bad (sun in my face), but I couldn't miss the train. So I had to adjust the color on a few of them.

    Note especially the corrugated steel shield hanging from the bridge deck to protect pedestrians on the sidewalk below.



















    There are a few more (and the full size versions) on my Flickr page. You're welcome to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Hey, John!

    I've been meaning to photograph this bridge. It's a bit unusual, at least from my limited experience. It has the look of a "temporary" bridge that never got replaced. Or, it reminds me of something from the "L" in Chicago. This is on the spur line in Lexington I've been studying. Specifically, this is where the line crosses Broadway.

    The lighting was bad (sun in my face), but I couldn't miss the train. So I had to adjust the color on a few of them.

    Note especially the corrugated steel shield hanging from the bridge deck to protect pedestrians on the sidewalk below.



















    There are a few more (and the full size versions) on my Flickr page. You're welcome to use them.
    What most likley happened is they were going to finish this bridge, but never had the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16marvigj View Post
    What most likley happened is they were going to finish this bridge, but never had the money.
    Could be. Or maybe there was some tussle with the city. The road this bridge crosses is a major entrance route to the city. I'm actually surprised we didn't spend some TARP money to make it look nicer for the World Equestrian Games we hosted last month. We certainly spent plenty of it everywhere else.
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    Yeah, I just figured that because we have I 394 in minneapolis, and when they were redoing it, It looked exactly the same when they were redoing that bridge. They filled in the metal piers/abundments with cement and painted it green
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16marvigj View Post
    Yeah, I just figured that because we have I 394 in minneapolis, and when they were redoing it, It looked exactly the same when they were redoing that bridge. They filled in the metal piers/abundments with cement and painted it green
    The bridge has been there a long time... it could be that when originally built it was meant to get the cement treatment, but for lack of money or whatever, they didn't do it. Time passes, and eventually the "It ain't broke..." rule kicks in, and here we are.

    I'm just a little bit surprised given the city's recent (over the last 10 years or so) focus on making things look pretty that they haven't asked the RR to do something about it. There's about... (counts fingers) 4 decent sized industries (including the JIF plant) driving a daily turn of 10 cars give or take, so it's not like they're going to abandon the line anytime soon.
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    with out knowing the weres and whys.....i would guess that at some point the original cement or stone abutments were removed and the "temp" steel work put up...then (again a guess) the original RR went out of buisness and after going thru however many hands until its now a Corman line we get the "if it aint broke dont worry about it because theres no money for it"....the give away about the steel work is its not riveted its welded....compared to the plate girders themselves...
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    Quote Originally Posted by j edgar View Post
    with out knowing the weres and whys.....i would guess that at some point the original cement or stone abutments were removed and the "temp" steel work put up...then (again a guess) the original RR went out of buisness and after going thru however many hands until its now a Corman line we get the "if it aint broke dont worry about it because theres no money for it"....the give away about the steel work is its not riveted its welded....compared to the plate girders themselves...
    Good eye, j edgar. I may have to check with the local historical society and see if I can learn anything. It's certainly an interesting (to me) anomaly. All the other bridges in town are the standard deck girder fare, mostly ballasted deck, all with the usual abutments and so on.
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    These three bridges are located next to one another on the BNSF mainline through Colton running North and South. They are located about 1/2 mile south of the UP diamond and the bigger double track bridge crosses the Santa Anna Riverbed that is mostly a storm channel now. It has three large girder spans that are open deck and four smaller deck spans that are ballasted.
    The small bridge with the yellow worn sign is three tracks wide while the wooden one carries two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Good eye, j edgar. I may have to check with the local historical society and see if I can learn anything.
    Thanks for reminding me! Thats what I need to do this weekend. I got a ton of pictures of the burned down end of the H&D trestle. I found ties with tie plates in the ground in chaska from the old CNW line.
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    John,

    I caught another local bridge fore you. This one is a pretty standard ballasted deck bridge. Branch line crossing New Circle Road in Lexington. I haven't seen a train on this bridge in years, but sometimes I hear horns from the area late at night, so I might just not be there at the right time. One of these days when I have a lunch time off, I might "stalk" the daily turn and see if they come out this far.

    View along the top of the bridge at track level. You can see the nice thing about ballasted deck bridges. No change in the track support as it crosses the bridge.


    Low angle view of the deck structure...


    Long view of the bridge


    Unfortunately, it wasn't safe for me to go under the bridge and get a shot of the underside. Perhaps at a lighter traffic occasion.
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    well, here's what I can tell you just by looking at it. First, there are shoulders on the road you know!

    The abundments and pier are probly from the early 1900's. the main bridge was probely replaced in the late 1990's to the early 2000's. That is rather common across the country. The BNSF bridge over minnehaha creek was replaced and looks simlar to this one.


    Yes, this is a bridge I already have photos of. It was taken on my last bike trip to minneapolis on the local LRT trails from chaska

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    Here is the first webpage built. took me 2 hours and lots of typing. I do have the home page and the contact page done too.

    C:\Documents and Settings\bridge sit...er bridge.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16marvigj View Post
    Here is the first webpage built. took me 2 hours and lots of typing. I do have the home page and the contact page done too.

    C:\Documents and Settings\bridge sit...er bridge.html
    John, a link to your hard drive will never work! Try uploading it to your server and publishing it as a web site!

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    where is a good server to upload it to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16marvigj View Post
    where is a good server to upload it to?
    Pick any one you want! There are thousands of them. I use JustHost.com and am very happy with them. It will cost you a little bit though. You may find some free ones but you will end up with ads all over your pages!

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    is there one where I can just put the raw codes and text in?
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