Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BNSF/GN Bridge over Columbia River near Rock Island, WA

(Bridge Hunter, Historic BridgesSatellite)

Photo taken by Aaron Hockley, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
From Flickr from Bridge Hunter

Harvey Henkelmann posted
BNSF crosses the mighty Columbia River at Rock Island, WA.
Bridge was built in 1892 for the Great Northern Railway, increased traffic and weight of trains necessitated reinforcing the main span with an outside truss in 1925 hence it's unique appearance.
Aaron Hockley photo
A 1925 construction photo showing how temporary trusses were used to anchor the two halves of the main span while each half was being constructed.

Jim Kleeman posted
In the early morning a partially dressed BNSF 4837 strides across the Columbia River at Rock Island, WA. The dispatcher referred to the Seattle - Chicago intermodal as the "Sea Chicken" when it left Wenatchee a few minutes earlier. Someone has a sense of humor early in the morning. 740 AM 9/13/1998
That appears to be a really massive pier in the middle of the river.

Marc Dufour shared a Flickr link. The Center for Railroad Photography has slapped a copyright on John F. Bjorklund's work. Bummer!

Scott Tanner commented on Marc's share
An early view .... (c1905 or so)
The above, cropped
Scott Tanner uploaded a six page Railway Review article about this page. In case the link is not permanent, it is stored as "Railway Review_May 1 1926" in the Files section of the RAILROAD BRIDGES, TRESTLES, TUNNELS AND CUTS group.

Motojw Photography posted
Rock Island Railroad Bridge
The bridge was originally built in 1892 for the Great Northern Railway and was the first bridge to span the Columbia River. The site was chosen at Rock Island, Washington for being the shortest distance between the banks of the Columbia River in Washington State. Description:…/Rock_Island_Railroad_Bridge_(Col…
Maggie Huggins Love this. You have once again captured water moving.

Jason Wiegand shared
Warren Caudle The story of the second bridge wrapping the first is interesting also.

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