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I'm interested in the history of the bridge and what railroads use it? I've seen pictures of BNSF but do other's use it? Also, what are the name of the routes?
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PS: Did at one time a line connect between the North and South legs?
BNSF owns the tracks over the bridge. The north leg of the wye on the west end of the bridge is the Columbia River Subdivision to Wenatchee. The south leg of the wye on the west end is the Spokane Subdivision to Marshall and Pasco. This is specifically called the "High Side" between Spokane and Marshall. Just east of the bridge the line that takes off going south is also the Spokane Subdivision and called the "Low Side". It meets up with the "High Side" just past Marshall. Typically BNSF routes westbounds over the "High Side" and eastbounds over the "Low Side". The route to the east is also part of the Spokane Subdivision. Union Pacific has trackage rights over BNSF from Spokane to UP Jct (just past Marshall). So you can catch a few UP trains a day. Here is a thread I had last summer about the bridge. http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40576
@ bcp - Thanks for the History Picture, love learning about how construction for bridges where done.
@ westbnsf - Thank you for your info on what goes where and what trains people can see.
FYI, the low side is the Lakeside sub and starts at Sunset Jct and goes all the way the Pasco.
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