Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TLE&W/NKP/Cloverleaf Bridge over Maumee River in Grand Rapids, OH

Rebecca Bender shared Life On A Rail's post
The comment:
December 6, 2015 - While at home in Ohio I took a detour to Grand Rapids to photograph the bridge that crosses the Maumee River. The Grand Rapids railroad bridge is a 901 foot, six-span through truss bridge that is the longest railroad bridge operated by a tourist railroad east of the Mississippi River. The bridge is operated by the Toledo, Lake Erie and Western Railway which owns the Bluebird Passenger Train. The Bluebird is currently undergoing repairs and renovations. The bridge goes past the old Isaac Ludwig Mill located near Lock No. 44 on the Miami and Erie Canal. Lock 44 is the only original functioning lock in the state of Ohio. No photos were physically taken on the bridge.
Satellite
Cloverleaf was the nick name for the Toledo, St. Louis & Western, which was bought by the Nickel Plate, which was the nickname for New York, Chicago and St. Louis. (I think that is the first double-which sentence of my life.)

I made a copy of Bing's satellite image because the long shadow "documents" the truss structure. Lock #44 is just east of the bridge. Zooming out, you can see the rapids and why there is a mill and lock in this town. I again use a Bing image below because the river was running higher and you can see the water turbulence in the rapids.

Satellite
Update:
Mitch Mitchell posted
Grand Rapids a little different view with more canal boats and with the Clover Leaf RR Bridge in the background 1890
Jim Etchie posted a "barrel shot."

Norfolk & Western abandoned NKP's Cloverleaf route west of Waterville, but the tourist railroad and museum Toledo, Lake Erie & Western has the track between Grand Rapids and Waterville, including the bridge.
Maumee River Bridge-  Built in 1916, we are currently asking for funds to operate passenger over our 901ft long bridge over the scenic Maumee River. The bridge’s structure and support was inspected and found to be in great condition, but new wooden cross ties are needed to return the bridge back into active service. [TLEW]
There would be a lot of canal boats on the Maumee River because of the Wabash & Erie Canal.

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