Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trail/Conrail/Pennsy/GR&I Blue Bridge over Grand River in Grand Rapids, MI

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges3D Satellite)
Bob Kline posted
Undated, but I'll guess 1950. The bridge belonged to the GR&I, which was taken over by the PRR in 1918. Today the bridge is a footbridge. The 92 miles of track north of Grand Rapids, MI, is now the White Pine Trail. The last passenger train north ran in 1952. The last freight in 1984. Criminal, but at least the ROW survives. IMHO all abandoned tracks should be preserved - they could never be obtained again in most areas.
Update: you can rent the bridge for events. (source) It is also a photo op for wedding parties.

Greg Bunce posted
GR&I Bridge over the Grand River, Grand Rapids May 1986.
The Blue Bridge is easy to spot in the foreground.
Dale Husar posted
Cool shot of the various downtown bridges across the Grand.

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