Post by Flugel Horn on Jul 24, 2012 19:23:50 GMT -8
Glacier National Park (Canada) has a campground named "Loop Brook Campground". It's named for the brook, which was named for the figure-8 loops of the 1885 rail line that was on the west side of Rogers Pass.
The bridges over the brook (3 crossings) were originally timber bridges, but were replaced with fine stone-mason bridge pillars in 1906. - Approximately 10 years after that, the bridges and line were abandoned by the CPR, when they opened the Connaught Tunnel.
The stonework bridge pillars are still visible, with 2 sets in the Loop Brook campground, and are connected with a short trail that follows the 1885 rail grade. ---------------------------
Here is how we saw it, on July 10, 2012:
When you first see the pillars in the woods at the campground, you're struck by their silent size, standing like sentinels of the past. Really, they are quite amazing to behold.
With me beside one, for scale.
The row effect is quite interesting
The trail is obviously the old grade.
...and you can see the old ties making a ribbing effect on the trail.
And the remains of a crushed snowshed, from that early era.
I'm somewhat surprised about the fence. It looks to be in better condition than the Alexandria Suspension Bridge, yet the latter is still open to public. I wonder how many years those bridges have left in them, considering the obvious lack of maintenance to both by the governments responsible?
View from the Ashnola side. - on the road, someone had written, in chalk, the phrase "The lunatic is on the grass". I guess that the words help to keep the loonies on the path (to the bridge). And later I took photos of the dark side of the bridge.
On the bridge deck.
Do you remember the old green "Point of Interest" signs at various BC highway viewpoints? Well, here is the new metal sign style. Not the same beautiful style as before (side note: I have a small book on the various old BC Highway viewpoint signs).
Post by Flugel Horn on Sept 3, 2012 7:46:30 GMT -8
When I drove through Princeton, BC near the end of a July holiday roadtrip, I thought to myself, "CPR's KVR railway went through here, so there probably are the remains of a bridge over the Tulameen River to be seen." So we drove to the Tulameen Highway bridge and found the rail bridge right beside it. - July 19, 2012.
The 2 bridges. The CPR KVR rail bridge is now a bridge for the TransCanada Trail.
Some history on the highway bridge, on the road from Princeton to Aspen Grove/Merritt.
The lovely old-rail / new-trail bridge.
Some information on the rail-to-trail bridge: - in 1915, the people constructing the CPR KVR rail bridge nicknamed it the "Bridge of Dreams". It was the last big piece in the KVR's construction.
I've also got the book about the Stops of Interest. Some of those signs have even been quoted in Bill Coo's "Scenic Rail Guide to Western Canada". These include "The Overlanders of 1862" (with a colour photo), and "The Last Spike" (Craigellachie), where the message on the sign is quoted. MW
The Stop of Interest signs were originally a project in the early 1960s to encourage tourism to tie into the 1966/1967 years of celebrations. Most were completed by 1967. Some have a year on them 19 (dogwood) 66 for example.
Many thanks for sharing that history, Paul. Much appreciated.
Port Mann Bridge by Mr. Awesome photos, on Flickr ;DAll taken from a car which I'm not driving. By the way the New Port Mann Bridge with 10 lanes is widest bridge in the world. SkyBridge and Pattullo Bridge