I was off the beaten path to get pictures of the Thompson Mill 1868 Covered Wood Bridge. I was so far off the beaten path I let my GPS figure out how to get to my next intended stop, Kinmundy, IL. (It still has a wood railroad water tank.) I learned that the county roads in Shelby County are not only narrow, the good pavement is one lane down the middle. Fortunately, we never met a car until we got to Altamont, IL. So when I saw this bridge, I simply stopped to take the picture. (My wife watched for other cars.)
As the size of tractors, combines, planters, etc. continue to grow, the narrowness of country bridges becomes an issue. I wonder how tight a fit a dual-tire articulated 4WD tractor is on this bridge. I don't take full-frontal pictures of tractors. But I think this 3/4 view will give you an idea of how big modern tractors have become. And some tractors are now triple-wheeled. Note that one of the side rails on the bridge has been bent.
|These must have been trade-ins because they were on a CaseIH lot|
|The tracks for Quadtracs can now be up to 30 or 36 inches wide. These look like just a couple of feet.|
|Even fixed frame tractors can get rather wide.|
Even the sprayers are getting wide.