Wednesday, December 6, 2017

(UP+Amrak)/SP Benicia-Martinez 1930 Bridge over Carquinez Strait (Suisun Bay)

(Bridge Hunter, Historic BridgesSatellite)

California Highways and Public Works Magazine, page 15
[The 1962 (rehabilitated 1991) road bridge itself is notable because it is a long continuous truss bridge.]

While trying to get a Street View, I learned the old road bridge carries just south bound traffic and the new one carries northbound traffic for I-680
Street View

Marty Bermard posted
SP 3768 leading six more geeps and SP SW1500 2626 on the Suisun Bay bridge from the Benicia side in May 25, 1987. A Roger Puta photo.
Wesley Fox: A little short on power in Oakland?
Brian Jennison: Frequently they were short of six-axle power in Roseville, so geeps handled the Roseville to Oakland trains during those periods.
[Brian also explained that the SW1500 was going to Roseville for maintenance.]

The caption cost me some time because this bridge is not In San Rafael, CA! It is between its namesake towns in a different county.
"Originally built for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1929-1930, this is the last simple truss railroad bridge built in the United States at a new location (i.e. where none had existed before)."
Posted October 23, 2013, by jayhawk
Maybe the writer meant pin connected - 1930 would be getting a bit late for a pin connected bridge.
[Bridge Hunter]
Some big boats must use this straight to have a lift span with an elevation of 82 feet. I could not find the elevation for the old road bridge and I count not find a web page fore the new road bridge.

Marty Bernard posted
SP 8545 the Suisun Bay Bridge, between Martinez and Benicia in February 1985. A Roger Puta photograph.
Kenny Stone: Wow! How’d you get that shot?! A really long lens?
Parker Pringle: Marty Bernard posted about Roger Puta's technique a while back. I think he had a really long lens and would also have a body which a much wider one. Would grab a shot when the train was far away and then a couple as it passed. Marty Bernard was it a 600mm that he had?
Marty Bernard: He had a 500mm and for a while a 1000.
Tim Shanahan shared
Foamer Funnies posted
I know this isn't a meme, but it still is pretty cool. Pre, early, and modern Amtrak on the same bridge.~DDA40X
Paul Jevert shared
Martinez Bridge

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