Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Michigan Central's Niagara Falls Bridges

(3D Satellite) I think the bridge in the background is the arch bridge that replaced the suspension bridge.

Ross Gray -> Canada Southern Railway ( CASO / CSR )
William C Sweet commented:
Can't say for sure but that train on the bridge is probably New York Centrals train NY-4. It carried livestock and produce from the West coast forwarded to Chicago. NYC picked it up from there and carried it to New York via Chicago, Detroit, Southern Ontario, Niagara Falls, and Rochester where it rejoined the NYC 4 track mainline to New York City. A very hot train and it lasted into the Penn Central era. Dispatchers were told (off the record of course) to never put any other trains in front of it including passenger trains.
Ross Gray -> Canada Southern Railway ( CASO / CSR )
Peter Dudley commented:
This aerial view shows the recently-completed Michigan Central Railroad Steel Arch bridge in 1925, as the 42-year-old, functionally-obsolete cantilever bridge it replaced was being dismantled.
Grand Trunk Railway's 1897 Whirlpool Rapids Bridge stood further downstream from both bridges. The GT (later Canadian National Railway) bridge replaced the original, 1850s-vintage Suspension Bridge, on the same site. After the new arch bridge was completed underneath the old suspension span, the suspension cables were cut, and the remains of the previous bridge were removed.
Ross Gray -> Canada Southern Railway ( CASO / CSR )

Andy Baugnet posted seven photos with the comment:
Whirlpool Rapids Railroad Bridge:
Built 1883 as Michigan Central Railway Cantilever Bridge over Niagara Falls. This 906’ long bridge has twin tracks and was built by Central Bridge Works of Buffalo, NY for Cornelius Vanderbilt who didn’t want to pay the high rent of the bridge to the south called the Lower Arch Bridge (and apparently had so many trains running that he wanted to have two pass each other on the bridge if needed). Towers are 132’ high and each cantilever is 325’ long and 25’ high. An impressive and dignified bridge to be sure. If you try and trespass, you'll be greeted by a 40' wall in the center that is solid plate steel from end to end. These are just a few of the 34 images from the project.
Tim Shanahan shared.
[I believe this is the arch bridge that replaced the cantilever bridge.]
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