Thursday, October 27, 2016

CN/WC+DSS&A Bridges over St. Mary's River between Sault Ste. Maries

(Bridge Hunter, Satellite)

Street View
(Update: A video of the Roger Blough passing the West Pier under this bridge. I'm learning it is an older boat because it has the bridge and crew quarters on the bow instead of the stern and because it does not have a self-unloader. There is also quite a bit of ice in the canal.)

From Michigan to Ontario, the International Bridge consists of a lift bridge for Locks 1 and 2, a dual-leaf Strauss Bascule for Locks 3 and 4, and a swing bridge over the Canadian lock. The four locks are known collectively as the Soo Locks.

Joe Granger posted 23 pictures of the Canadian side with the comment:
A few more high quality photos of some of the spans at the International Bridge between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The swing span and trusses are from 1888, built jointly by the Soo Line, DSS&A and Canadian Pacific. The Bascule Bridge, the largest ever built, is from 1919, and the lift bridge was built in 1954 to replace another swing span. The red swing bridge is the last surviving emergency swing dam and still is swung twice a year. The bridge is now owned by CN. The bascule span is not opened anymore as the 3 and 4th lock are currently closed until a new lock is built.....whenever congress approves the funding. The project was approved decades ago, but they haven't released the funding. 
Twice a day the bridges are closed for a train
 
It appears the emergency swing dam swings a plate out over the canal and then the plate is turned from a horizontal to a vertical position to plug the canal.

More postings by Joe: an Oopsie Doodles with the lift span, after an accident with the bascule bridge, one leaf of the bascule being raised., all three movable spans, a video of the lift closing for a train then going back up for a boat, includes some detailed shots of the swing bridges gearing and lock pin, and a set that includes some downstream views of the dam,

Update:

Brian Wellwood posted 13 photos of boats using the American locks. I include the two that show the bridges in the open position.

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Bill Suggitt posted six photos, some of which have the bridges in the background, with the comment: "Manitowoc's working the Soo Locks, Sault Ste Marie, Mi."

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Billy Hanners commented on Bill's posting
View from Tower of History.
Joe Granger posted
Sault Ste Marie Michigan. Taken today during the bridge walk. Worlds largest draw bridge. Former Soo Line now CN

Joe Granger posted 6 closeups of the two US RR bridges with the comment: "Some photos of the 1945 Art Deco-ish machinery house and the worlds largest draw bridge (1913) at Sault Ste. Marie"

Joe Granger posted a video of the bridges (and dams) from the perspective of a bus ride after a tour was over.

A 2x video of a laker going upbound under the bridge (source).



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