Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Canadian Pacific Bridge in Parry Sound, ON

(Historic Bridges; Satellite)

This is one of the longest trestle bridges east of the rocky mountains. The rail is about 125' above the river and the concrete piers are 90' high. [CanadianTeacher, p85]

David Brook posted
Parry Sound; home of the arguably most famous bridge in Ontario.
Amy Brook Why is it famous?
David Brook Tom Thompson painted it in 1914, as it was being built, but with views available from the adjacent fire tower (still open to the public), it's kind of an icon to anyone in Ontario (and further) who likes trains. It's easy to see, but trains kind of leap out of the woods and just hang there. And when you imagine in winter in the days of steam....it's a special place.

Bill Neill shared
From what I can tell, Tom Thompson did a painting of a mill that included part of the bridge rather than a painting of the bridge.


I noticed that the other railroad going through this town looped upstream so that they could use a shorter and lower bridge to cross the river. That bridge was a former CP and CN bridge that was abandoned in 1984. It has been converted to a trail.

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So why did the above freight train cross the bridge so much faster than the passenger train in the video below? Does the passenger train make a station stop in Parry Sound? Yep, we see it stop at the end of the video at a Via station. It probably enters the bridge slowly to minimize the forces on the bridge that would be generated by slowing down a fast moving train for the station stop. This train is incredibly long by Amtrak standards. The California Zephyr I rode on during the Thanksgiving holiday had just nine cars: crew car, 3 sleepers, dining car, lounge car, and 3 coaches.

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A view of the upstream side of the trestle that includes the smaller bridge in the foreground.
(new window)  It's interesting that CP mixes manifest freight with intermodal traffic.


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