Saturday, July 31, 2021

1913,1951 CWRO/River Terminal Scherzer Bridge over Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges3D Satellite)

CWRO = Cleveland Works Railway

Built in 1913 and rebuilt in 1951 to make it stronger.

Jann Mayer in Sep 2019 via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

ClevelandMemory via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

One of six photos shared by Tom Habak of the LTV Steel Plant

Cleveland State University Library Photograph Collection via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

C Hanchey via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

Ron Stafford posted
River Terminal (now the Cleveland Works Railway) drawbridge - June 4, 1995 by Steven Bakos

Douglas Butler in Nov 2017 via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

Jonathan Konopka posted
Looking at the River Terminal railroad's bascule bridge across the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Photo was taken in 1970 from the Clark Avenue Bridge - photo taken by Lamont Downs.
Douglas Butler posted
Photo taken by Douglas Butler Independence Road near ISG Steel Mill with a raised Cleveland Works former River Terminal Railroad Scherzer Type Bascule Bridge located in Cleveland, OH the bridge is only raised for ship traffic.

Street View, Oct 2022

Douglas Butler posted
From Art Institute of Chicago CW Railroad Scherzer Bridge in Cleveland,OH.
[The Aban/N&W/W&LE Bridge is in the background.]

Friday, July 30, 2021

1929 NS/NYC/LS&MS Sundusky Bay Bridge near Sundusky, OH

(Bridge Hunter; Historic BridgesSatellite)

There are three other fixed spans in this causeway.

It looks really close to the water. I found a clearance figure of 9'. And then I found this clarification: "The water has been high so not sure if that 9 ft. is accurate. It is a simple matter to call and have them raise the bridge. Normally, not much wait time. I just went through last weekend." [walleye]
Photo by Chicago Line Railfan via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Lawrence G Sobczak Flickr

Photo and article by Dan Cupper via (source)
"A 3-hour-plus drawbridge failure on Sunday afternoon (July 25) halted movements on Norfolk Southern’s busy Chicago Line and stranded marine traffic on Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay. The bridge, a 1929 double-track rolling Scherzer-type drawbridge at MP 248 between Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio, was initially stuck in an up position, observers reported. But when the remote bridge operator was finally able to lower it, the span wouldn’t lock into place, the operator told boaters who called the NS marine contact line." It was back in service after three hours.
[This article said that jet skis could fit under, but speedboats had to wait.]

The only view I've seen of the side with the control house.
MP Rail Photography posted
11N crosses the Bay Bridge in Bayview, Ohio with two NS GEs for power.
May 27, 2022
Bay View, Ohio
NS 9678 - C44-9W
NS 3663 - ET44AC
Roger Riblett shared

Thursday, July 29, 2021

1860+1953+1991 General Dean Suspension Bridge over Kaskaskia River in Carlyle, IL

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; HAERSatellite)

"As of 1976, this was the only suspension bridge in Illinois." [Plaque via Bridge Hunter]

The original suspension bridge was opened for use in 1860. A US highway bridge was built in 1925. That helped save this bridge because it became a pedestrian bridge. Illinois state provided money in 1951 for a restoration that was completed in 1953. Illinois again provided money in 1989 for "major renovation and rehabilitation work" that was completed in 1991. [Photo 6 below]

Street View

Street View

Michele Duncan posted seven photos with the comment: "Carlyle Illinois suspension bridge."







HAER has three photos. I didn't include the LoC captions because a Bridge Hunter comment indicates they are wrong. These are the photos 8-10 referenced in this comment by Bill Little:'
Great historic photos of the General Dean Bridge, nos. 8,9,10. Just a couple quick corrections to the captions, however. Photo #8 is described as "View From North-East"; actually it appears to have been taken from the south, looking north-northeast (the old river channel is seen curving eastward to the north of the bridge). #9 is described as a "View From South-West"; actually it's looking southwest from a vantage point to the northeast (old power plant on west river bank south of the bridge is easily seen). #10 is described as being of the "East End"; actually it's the west end looking northeast. I resided a number of years in Carlyle and lived 2 1/2 blocks west of the bridge on Fairfax Ave.




Wednesday, July 28, 2021

CSX/CSLR(NYC) Marcy Trestle over Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, OH

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges; FlickrSatellite, I also noticed the CanalWay Center near the Ohio & Erie Canal)

CSLR = Cleveland Short Line Railroad, NYC subsidiary

This trestle is another reminder that, unlike Illinois and Indiana, Ohio has some serious hills near the Great Lakes. (Ballville Dam was another.)

Wheeling West End photo via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Tim Evanson 2017 Flickr photo via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)
CSX bridge - CanalWay Center
Mtnclimberjoe Rail Photography posted
A pair of matching GP40-2's lead CSX local L316 as it soars over the Cuyahoga River Valley on the Marcy Trestle in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. This local job is on the eastbound leg of its journey as it transfers cars between the CSX yards in Parma and Collinwood.
CSX Cleveland Short Line Sub
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
CSX L316-08 (Local; Parma, OH to Collinwood, OH)
CSX 6947 GP40-2 Ex. CSX 6495, CO 4387 Blt.1980
CSX 6466 GP40-2 Ex. CSX 6370, SBD 6604, LN 6604 Blt. 1980
J.B. Rail Photog shared

Mtnclimberjoe Rail Photography posted
A pair of matching GP40-2's lead CSX local L316 as it soars over the Cuyahoga River Valley on the Marcy Trestle in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. This local job is on the westbound return leg of its journey bringing cars from Collinwood Yard to Parma Yard.
CSX Cleveland Short Line Subdivision
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
CSX L316-08 (Local; Parma, OH to Collinwood Yard - Cleveland, OH Turn)
CSX 6466 GP40-2 Ex. CSX 6370, SBD 6604, LN 6604 Blt. 1980
CSX 6947 GP40-2 Ex. CSX 6495, CO 4387 Blt.1980
Tim Shanahan shared

Worldwide Railfan Productions posted
CSX Q017 with "Big Brother" watching me from above. The Marcy Trestle is located on the Shortline Sub through the City of Cleveland. ~Drawbar

While looking at the satellite image, I noticed that there are pipeline bridges on either side of this trestle. The straight "brown line" was the Ohio & Erie Canal. Thus the trail name of "Towpath Trail."

The pipelines are a reminder that Rockefeller started Standard Oil in Cleveland. Tim caught the pipelines in this photo.
Tim Evanson 2017 Flickr photo via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

1963 I-65 John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge over Ohio River at Louisville, KY

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; B&TSatellite)

(Update: RoadTraffic-Technology article)

C Hanchey Flickr, License: Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) 

I-65 cantilever through truss bridge over the Ohio River between Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana.


The bridge was renamed the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge in 1963. It was built by the Allied Structural Steel Company and received an Award of Merit for Long Span Bridges from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Bridge.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge is in the background

Street View from Kentucky side

Street View from Indiana side

Street View

David Gulden posted
Yesterday i posted the SALLY POLK with coal barges n bowboat this is how im use to seeing her.
Roger Green: S/B at Louisville, KY. Old Port of Louisville in background. I would say this photo is from the Clark Bridge.
[This post was the motivation of these notes because this bridge is in the background. The Big Four Bridge is beyond this one.]

20150509 1103
Taken from the ramp that goes up to the Big Four Bridge

Kentucky has had trouble painting its Ohio bridges. In this case it took from 1999 to 2008 and cost $60m because bridge inspectors solicitated bribes and paint contractors kept failing. [BridgesTunnels]

Monday, July 26, 2021

1979 CFNR/NWP Brazos Bridge over Napa River near Napa, CA

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; 3D Satellite)

CFNR = California Northern Railroad
NWP = Northwestern Pacific Railroad

"Built 1979; Rendered inoperable by copper thieves 2007; Reopened for traffic 2009." [BridgeHunter]

Street View

Douglas Butler posted
Unknown source: CN Brazo's Railroad Lift Bridge crossing the Napa River located in Napa, CA.

Why some notes about yet another lift bridge? Because I came across a rather interesting view of this bridge.
Lale Masalar posted
Timothy Boles: This is the Brazos bridge near Napa California on the NWP. This is the 2nd incident on that bridge. This was 2 GP9s that the engineer ran the red and went for a swim. This engineer became known as "the Commodore" this was in the early 80's if I remember correctly.
The first incident was in the 50s and someone took 3 brand new Baldwin AS616s and ran the red signal went swimming, with a 100 car train behind them. That engineer became known as "The Admiral".
BTW all the locomotives from both incidents returned to service I think

Gordon Asmundson commented on Bridge Hunter with four photos and the text: "1983 the Schellville turn goes for a swim." (Gordon also provided a URL, but it no longer works.)




Sunday, July 25, 2021

1935 Mississippi Lock and Dam #5 at Whitman, MN

Constructed and placed in operation May 1935. Site underwent major rehabilitation from 1987 through 1998. Dam consists of concrete structure 1,619 feet long with six roller gates and 28 tainter gates. Earth embankment 18,000 feet long.
A lift of 9'

The red line highlights the earthen embankment. The yellow line shows where there is a culvert under the embankment to keep the wetlands wet.
Satellite plus Paint

Building dams in a swamp is challenging. Now that I've studied a few more dams in the upper-Upper Mississippi, I've noticed that the river channel is typically not as well defined as it is in the lower-Upper Mississippi. As shown by the red line above the dam is over three miles long because of the earth embankment. Furthermore, there is another dam, #5A, just a few miles downstream from this one with another long embankment. And it has a lift of only 5.5'.
At the time of construction of Lock and Dam Number 5T the river was about 2 to 2-1/2 miles wide, with the main channel at the foot of the bluff. The river normally maintained a width of 800 feet, widening to 2 miles in flood stages. Prior to construction, the river bottom rose gently from the river to the Wisconsin bluffs and was overgrown with brush and timber. [HAER-data]



Matthew Cooper posted four photos with the comment: "Lock & Dam 5."
I think the American Duchess is upbound and the photos are in reverse order. That is why I reversed them when I copied them. In the last photo, look at all of the speedboats that are coming into the lock to go downbound.




HAER-grid, Part 1

HAER-grid, Part 2