Railroad Bridges

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Rick A

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Some articles and pictures of railroad bridges.

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[Catalogue] : the Berlin Iron Bridge Company, office and works, East Berlin, Connecticut, U.S.A. : iron railroad bridges, iron roofs ... etc. 1890
by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.

Types and details of bridge construction 1904
by Skinner, Frank W. (Frank Woodward), 1858-1932

Iron and timber railway superstructures and general works; giving dimensions and quantities for the standard 4 ft. 8 1/2 in gauge, and the metre 3 ft. 3 3/8 in gauge ... with some earthwork tables, and outline of a specification and requirements 1874
by Grover, J. W. (John William), 1836-1892

Here's one close to home. The Cape Cod Canal bridge and some info about it.

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And here in Maine where I live, the old Back Cove railroad swing bridge is about to be torn down. Too bad as my understanding is there aren't a lot of this type of bridge left standing.

Yeah, you read it right. That's the B&M baked bean factory in the background.

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And Boston has it's own swing bridge at the Fort Point channel. For 10 years I crossed this bridge on my way to work. It was funny as a pedestrian that on the rare occasion when the workers who manned the bridge went on strike they would leave it in the open position so no cars could cross, leading to a real mess in an already congested area.

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Movables bridges by Hovey, Otis Ellis, 1864-1941
Publication date 1926

The designing of draw-spans 1898
by Wright, Charles Herbert, 1857- [from old catalog]

An elementary and practical treatise on bridge building 1873
by Whipple, S

There, now I'm heading out to my back yard to start building!
A 1906 article on cantilever bridges from Railway and locomotive engineering.

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