Saturday, March 31, 2018

CSX+CP+Amtrak/PM 1904 Bridge over St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor, MI

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, satellite below)

I include the Lafarge facility because it captures that some large ships (actually, a cement barge and tugboat in this case) still go upstream of the bridge.
This bridge is evidently normally open because of a lot of recreational boat activity. Not only does the above Google view capture a small boat moving fast, a Bing view also shows a small boat moving upriver. And Tom's photo demonstrates a lot of recreational boat activity. I found several marinas upstream of this bridge and even a housing development where houses evidently have their own private piers.

Tom Carter posted
A Chicago-bound CSX freight crosses the St. Joseph River swing bridge in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in June of 1998. Look at all the boats lined up to the left waiting for the bridge to return to its open position! The bridge was built in 1904 for the Pere Marquette Railroad, and is still operating perfectly after 114 years!
[If that many boats have accumulated already, imagine how many there will be floating around after the train is done crossing the bridge. It is my experience that trains do not go very fast over a movable bridge.]

From Bridge Hunter
Overall view in open position, from the northeast in a boat
Photo taken by Roger Deschner in April 2016
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Friday, March 30, 2018

CB&Q Union Avenue Tower and Car Wash Facility


Marty Bernard posted seven photos with extensive documentation. And he posted a photo looking East out of the tower.

Steven J. Brown posted
Burlington Northern E9m 9904 at Union Avenue Tower in Chicago - March 29, 1988.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

Gary Hosek posted
Westbound passenger train - Halsted Street Station - Chicago - May 1948 - Russell Lee photograph.
Marty Bernard You can see the Union Avenue home signals at the end of the platforms and rectangular Union Avenue Tower just to the right of the signals. The Dan Ryan would be elevated just beyond Union Ave, Tower if it were there. The St. Charles Air Line can be seen taking off across all the tracks from Union Ave. Tower.

Gary Hosek posted
Harold J. Krewer A Phase I E5, possibly even the 9911A. Later units (9912A-B to 9915A-B) had a different style of anticlimber and coupler doors.
Timothy Leppert Near Halsted Street, Union Ave Tower.
Dennis DeBruler It appears the building on the left has been converted to an office building with a story added on top.!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4...
And, as usual, the fire protection water tower has been removed.
Dennis DeBruler The car wash facility is now between the coach yard and Union Station:!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4...

Bob Lalich The branch to the lumber district is seen diverging to the right.

Dennis DeBruler commented on Bob Lalich's comment on Gary's post
So the photographer was facing East. I put a red rectangle around Union Avenue Tower.

John W. Barriger III Flickr
Bob Lalich:  Looks to have been taken from Union Ave Tower.
Marc Mainekoff posted six photos with the comment: (also posted)
Back in the early 90's I got a phone call from a friend that worked for the BN about a business train on the racetrack on it's way into the city. Well after a quick trip down Lakeshore Drive to downtown and over to Union Ave. I got lucky as the train was waiting for a signal. BN 9920 leads the train into Union Station.
[You can see the shadow of the tower in his first three photos.]






Marty Bernard commented on Marc's post
I played with one of your photos, I hope you don't mind. It still could use a little more work.

Dennis DeBruler commented on Marc's post
Union Tower was just West of Union Avenue.

Dennis DeBruler commented on Marc's post
I saved a satellite image because who knows how long the connection to the branch that used to go down next to Sangamon Street will remain.,-87.../data=!3m1!1e3

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ALE SK350 can lift at least 4000 tons, SGC-250 does 5000 tonnes

It can lift 4000t with a winch and 5000t with strand jacks. A comment pointed out that the mobile crane helping to place the counterweights would normally be considered a big crane. Each counterweight is a specially reinforced 40' container that is filled with locally available material such as sand or gravel. A filled container is 100t and 4000t of ballast material is needed. [brochure, p 21] The crane was designed as pieces that will fit in shipping containers. It can be assembled in four weeks using a 400t crawler crane. [brochure, p 17] The counterweight assembly is supported on tracks so that the ring can be replaced with a straight track and the whole crane moved on site in just a few days. [brochure, p 25]
Arthur Overdijk shared
AL.SH[SK] 350 (Collin Jones )
[A test lift]

ALE posted, cropped
ALE has used its innovative heavy duty jib for the first time with the AL.SK350 crane whilst performing the inaugural lift, weighing 1,276t, of an FPSO module integration project in Nigeria
Inaugural Lift
"The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the AL.SK350, has been rigged in its current biggest configuration with a 124m a-frame main boom, 49m ballast radius and the 38m jib for additional outreach, along with a heavy winch system and 4,000t ballast for the project in Lagos."

Inaugural Lift
Another of the six modules they are lifting into place during March and April, 2018.

The ALE SK350 crane was launched in 2013 with a lifting capacity of 5,000t and a load moment of 354,000tm. The AL.SK cranes are also available in AL.SK190 and AL.SK700 configurations, achieving capacities up to 4,300t and 8,000t respectively. Furthermore, the cranes can be equipped with a 3,400t capacity heavy duty jib. The jib is being used on an FPSO module integration project in Nigeria. [ale-heavylift]

More photos and videos of ALE and other big-lift cranes



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Cumberland Narrows Mountain Scene in 1970


There is so much track in bridges in this scene it looks like something a model railroader would build.

Steve Larrick posted
Eckhart Junction in the Cumberland Narrows, 1970. The masonry arch bridge over Wills Creek was built by the Maryland Mining Company in 1860 as part of the Eckhart Branch Railroad. Beyond the masonry bridge is a viaduct for the State Line Branch
Dennis DeBruler I assume this is now the CSX/B&O on the left and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail/Western Maryland on the right. We are facing generally East. The WM truss bridge still exists:
Street View

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Goethals Bridges over Arthur Kill at Staten Island NY, NY

The satellite image still has just the old bridge. So I have captured a "before" image. I'll have to check back in a couple of years to get an "after" image.
We seem to have lost another truss bridge to two cable stay bridges.
1928: (Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, HAER)
2017+2018: (no Bridge Hunter)
3D Satellite
Photo from HAER NY,43-___,2--1 from ny1806
[Note the long approaches to get the needed 140' shipping clearance are significant bridge structures in themselves. Actually, the clearance mid-span is 138.5' minimum @ MHW. [panynj-facts] I assume MHW is Mean High Water.]
I can't believe it, the Port Authority of NY & NJ has restricted access to their rendered image. This is the first time I have seen an organization that is trying to sell a bridge project not allow their renderings of that project to be copied. Fortunately, very few people read these notes. So I doubt if anyone who cares will see this copy. Note that the cables help hold up part of the long approaches that such a high-clearance bridge needs.
Port Authority of NY & NJ from panynj-gallery
Construction began in 2014. A gallery of 18 images of the building of the new bridge.

Aug 2017 Street View

Alexjandro Cruz, Feb 2020

Webcam Mar 13, 2018
Traffic was switched from the old truss to the first cable stay bridge during the weekend of June 10, 2017. The first photo in New Goethals Bridge opens shows the second cable stay bridge is well underway. So they did not have to get rid of the old one to make room for the second cablestay bridge.

As one would expect with a cantilevered truss, the suspended span was lowered to a barge.

Webcam Jan 15, 2018
[You can see the installation of the hydraulic jacks at both ends of the suspended span.]

Webcam  Jan 16, 2018
[The span has been lowered.]

Photos from the perspective of crane workers and/or fans.

Ryan Spirito posted
12000 and mlc300 top view
Rob McGrady I would love to take an aerial shot from the helicopter just to show how many cranes we have in that small area lol
[A comment observed how the shot shows how long the tracks are on the 12000 that is straight down.]

Keith Eller posted three photos.
Tito Arevalo The Goethals Bridge

Ben StalveyGroup Admin MLC 300 in series #?

Ryan Spirito posted
Last two pieces of the gothels bridge of main span mlc 300
Jeff Boyce commented on Ryan's posting
"Because the site is just a few miles from Newark Liberty International Airport, maximum tower height was 272 ft, which drove unusually shallow cable angles. A unique anchor box shaped like a saddle allowed the cables to be stacked more tightly than a traditional anchor box, increasing the stay angles. It also allowed for the anchor boxes to be placed on the outside facing the towers, which allowed Parsons to keep the profiles for the towers slender.
'None of the steel fabricators would even bid on it until we printed a 3-D model,' Seth Condell, design manager for Parsons, told Roads & Bridges."

Screenshot of timelapse @ 1:40
After a four-year construction process, the new Goethals Bridge linking New York and New Jersey is officially open. The new $1.5 billion twin-span cable-stayed bridge replaces the original bridge built in 1928. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and design-build team Kiewit-Weeks-Massman, AJV relied on EarthCam’s panoramic cameras and portable Mobile TrailerCam solution to document the complex process, which can been seen with EarthCam’s new 4K construction time-lapse movie.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lost/PTC(Rock Island)/P&PT 1900 Bridge over Illinois River at Pekin, IL

(Bridge HunterSatellite)

PTC = Peoria Terminal Company was a subsidiary of the Rock Island
P&PT = Peoria & Pekin Terminal, an interurban

For information on the six Illinois River bridges that were and are in the Pekin area, see Lost Bridges over Illinois River in Pekin, IL.

It connected with the Big4/P&E+Santa Fe Yard in Pekin.

It was hit by barges more than once. After an allision by a barge in 1973, it was abandoned and dismantled in 1974 (or 1975 depending on source).
Over the decades, the Terminal Bridge was struck several times by barges. Among the final collisions was one in the early 1970s that left the swingspan drooping sadly into the river. No longer usable or needed, a few years later the bridge finally was spectacularly dynamited and its steel ruins hauled away as preparations began for the construction of the new Pekin bridge. [PekinTimes]
1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP, the north bridge
Photo from FromTheHistoryRoom
You can see the east side of the swing span on the left side of the road bridge opening:
BridgeHunter, Bridge in 1929/30   Photo taken by Art Kistler, IDOT
[The lift bridge was a road bridge. The lift span is up while the swing span is closed because the tug must be helping with the construction of the new lift bridge.]
Bruce Emmons posted the question: "Does any one have a picture of the swing bridge that was in Pekin, Il that crossed the Illinois river?"
Paul Bourjaily commented
This might be what you're looking for....(photographer unknown).
Bruce Emmons posted a request for pictures of this bridge. Several comments on that posting are of interest.
David JordanDavid and 4 others manage the membership and moderators, settings and posts for Peoria Illinois Railroads Trains & Shortlines. Bruce Emmons Probably the Peoria Terminal Company (PTCo) bridge built by interurban Peoria & Pekin Terminal in 1900. It was located north of and alongside the old Pekin Bridge (opened in 1929). In early 1973, floodwaters damaged the bridge and PTCo parent Rock Island decided to seek trackage rights on the Peoria & Pekin Union Railway (Iowa Jct. to Pekin via East Peoria and Wesley Jct.) rather than repair the bridge. This arrangement lasted until the Rock Island was forced to shutdown at the end of March 1980. 

In February 1974, a towboat with six barges hit the bridge's superstructure but the damage wasn't yet a problem for river traffic. That changed when a tow of six grain barges hit the structure in April of that year. The Interstate Commerce Commission approved the bridge's abandonment around June 30 or July 1 and dismantling began July 23. Two spans were removed August 2, 1974 by explosives. Eight piers on the river bed were removed over the next two months. 

I have no photos, but I've seen some in Paul Stringham's Peoria Railway Terrminal article in Spring 2002 issue of THE FLYER. John Stell Do you have any?

John Stell I do not have any photos of the bridge. Max Wade was the bridgetender. To get onto the bridge he walked out on the old Route 9 lift bridge. He climbed over the side onto a wood walkway to walk out to the open railroad bridge. One day the B&B gang lubed the bridge and spilled some grease on walk. That night Max slipped and fell in the river. He came in the depot cold and wet. I called agent and he came down but Max refused to go for treatment. He said it was a good thing he was a frogman in the Navy.

Roger Kujawa posted photos that include the two abutments as the only remaining remnants with the comment:
The Rock Island owned a subsidiary called the Peoria Terminal Company which served numerous industries in the Peoria Pekin, Illinois Area. The PT was originally the Peoria Railway Terminal an interurban line with steam for freight and electric cars for passengers. They had a bridge across the Illinois River in Pekin build in 1900. The 679 foot bridge was hit by tow boats many times until put out of service in 1973. The entire bridge was removed later. The Rock Island's Peoria Terminal used trackage right and the bridge of the Peoria & Pekin Union (another local switching line) to connect Peoria and Pekin. Only the end abutments remain from the bridge. They are just north of the current highway bridge.
John Woodrow posted
on a old postcard that was given to me Pekin bridge the year????
David JordanDavid and 4 others manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Peoria Illinois Railroads Trains & Shortlines. The upper bridge is likely the bridge completed by interurban Peoria & Pekin Terminal in 1900. The lower bridge must be the original road bridge that was replaced in 1929 by a lift bridge (which was grade-separated from the railroad tracks).Paul Brewer I am not sure when the photo was taken, but the date on the letter on the back of this copy of the card appears to be 1907.
Chip Gay The road bridge was a pain in the arse old family friend of my grandma's from Glasford rip she told us being a child In the family buggy and the bridge was too low and would often be flooded.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Harbor Hill or CP Hill Junction: C&NW vs IHB

(Satellite) C&NW called it Harbor Hill whereas  B&OCT called it CP Hill.
NorthAmericanInterlockings: None
Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers (NA)

Sam Carlson posted
By June 2, 1995, when I copped this shot, the B&O had long since been absorbed into CSX. Yet they still referred to this train as "B&O 89" as it tops Harbor Hill, as the C&NW called it, on the IHB (IHB calls it CP Hill) in a southward direction while a C&NW train passes below. B&O 89 ran from C&NW's Proviso Yard to CSX's Barr Yard, both within the Chicago Switching District.
This was the original connection between the C&NW and IHB. Since then two more connections have been added: B3 in 2009 and B2 in 2013. (FMI: CREATE: B2, B3, B4 and B5)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Steele, IL: Trail/MC crosses Metra/Wabash


Bill Molony posted two photos with the comment:

These two photographs - dated 1959 - are of the Wabash depot at Steele, Illinois in New Lenox Township.
Steele was the designation for the location where the Wabash tracks passed under the tracks of the New York Central's Joliet Cutoff. The NYC overpass can be seen to the left in the first photograph.
The name of the agent standing in front of the door is given as Worth B. Mooney.
Richard Fiedler Steele at MP 33.9 was a telegraph station call was “SR”. There was a flourishing interchange business with the MC handing off cuts from Ford bound to Kansas City. According to the 1902 Wabash Structures Book the building was built in 1888 and measured 14’x16’with a 12’ ceiling on a timber foundation. It was shared with the MC at least up to some point with Wabash claiming 1/2 the building. I’m assuming that the structure pictured is a replacement for the one described in the book as it looks narrower and longer more like 12’x30’. At one time there were also tell-tales on both sides of the viaduct, a frame platform, outhouse, a tool House, and a milk platform.
James Holzmeier Great photos! Interesting little building...was it of wood construction or was it poured concrete?
Richard Fiedler Wood. Looks like vertical tongue and groove and it has iron end braces on the corners. It looks like an old wood boxcar that had a gable roof added and the door openings closed off with windows and doors added.
Robert McNeill I agree Richard, not unusual at some "whistle stops"..


Richard Fiedler commented on Bill's posting
[Note that the map has South at the top.]