Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pere Marquette's Bridge in Grand Haven, MI

Pete Walsh posted
When asked if it is still being used, Pete answered:
Yes, since the old PRR/GT line closed it is the only way to get to Muskegon.
The CSX/C&O/PM branch must not be used too often because it is normally open.

Pete Walsh comment on above posting.
Bird's Eye View
But it is used some because Pete's photo and Bing's aerial view caught it closed.

I assume the PRR/GT line Pete refers to was the branch of the Grand Rapids and Indiana
Update: Below are three of the four photos posted by Joe OBrien. His comments:
A little different view of the swing bridge (still operational) over the Grand River in Ferrysburg-Grand Haven. Built by the McClintic & Marshall Construction Co. in about 1908 for Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railway. Later became part of GTW.
Was originally a GTW bridge, but GTW abandoned the Grand Haven line. PM had rights over it. Then line was used by PM-C&O-CSX. Now used by Michigan Shore Railroad, part of Genesee & Wyoming.


(new window)  (source)  The narrator of this drone video explains that Grand Trunk built the bridge. C&O bought it, CSX owns it, and Lake Shore leases it.

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