|HL Mencken posted|
Off the GN and onto the NP over John M. Budd's bridge, Spokane, Washington, May 18, 1979.
[Those steel girders are about the same height as the locomotives. That might be the thickest steel girders I have seen so far.]
Built 1972 during line relocations due to the Burlington Northern merger in 1970. Built to tie 3 rail lines together: The Great Northern line to Seattle, the Northern Pacific line to Sandpoint, and the SP&S line to Pasco. [Bridge Hunter]Note that there is a wye on the west end of this bridge. The northern leg was the Great Northern and the southern leg was the Spokane, Portland & Seattle. The east end of this bridge was the Northern Pacific.