Post by suspensionstayed on Nov 12, 2011 6:46:53 GMT -8
I see halfway down page two of this thread several years ago some photos of mine were posted of the Hagwilget Suspension Bridge. Now having been to over 1,000 suspension bridges I must say one of my favorites that comes to mind is the Deer Isle Bridge in Maine. There is something about the rise (camber) in the deck that I find interesting. It is rather extreme among all those I've visited. Traversing the bridge with its narrow travelway and limited visability is quite the experience.
Post by suspensionstayed on Nov 12, 2011 7:19:33 GMT -8
While I understand this is a West Coast Ferries site catering to those primarily in WA & BC. My BC travels that include bridges visited are from a single 2003 drive to Alaska from Pennsylvania here and then back through BC to WA before heading back east. I didn't get to bridges in the Vancouver vicinity that trip. I have been to Vancouver previously in 1996, but have since lost all the photos of that trip. I did get to the Capilano and Lynn Canyon Suspension Footbridges. I also visited the Lion's Gate Bridge well before the major deck overhaul. The bridges I was most impressed with were the Alex Frazer and the SkyTrain cable-stayed bridges. These were the first major cable stayed bridges I've visited. I had a very nice early evening, mid-September walk across the Alex Frazer during my visit and even got to ride the SkyTrain across its bridge. The slenderness of the SkyTrain bridge is what I recall being its most striking feature. I must get back that way soon to revisit them all and to add them to the 1,053 suspension / cable-stayed bridges I've visited since keeping track starting in 2002. Then there is the new Golden Ears Bridge as well as a dozen or so other footbridges I can visit within a few hour's drive.
Post by suspensionstayed on Nov 13, 2011 7:05:14 GMT -8
Hello Flugel Horn, thanks for the warm welcome. I'm happy to see the first two bridges on your list in your original post are suspension bridges. Historic ones at that! There once was a suspension bridge at the Sheep Creek Bridge location. One of its foundations / pier base can still be viewed, although deteriorating rapidly. It is visible on the right edge of this image, just below the half way point.
Post by suspensionstayed on Nov 13, 2011 7:31:56 GMT -8
In between the Sheep Creek Bridge (~50km to its south) and Lillooet Bridge (~95km to its north) is the Gang Ranch Suspension Bridge over the Frazer that still handles motor vehicle traffic! It appears to be a modernized version of the original Sheep Creek and Lillooet Bridges. It is also the only crossing of the Frazer in that ~150km stretch.
This map has the three bridges marked with the Gang Ranch Suspension Bridge obviuosly in the middle of them. mapper.acme.com/?ll=51.52583,-122.28333&z=8&t=M&marker0=51.98385%2C-122.27551%2Cunnamed&marker1=51.52752%2C-122.28491%2Cunnamed&marker2=50.71152%2C-121.91141%2Cunnamed
Post by suspensionstayed on Nov 13, 2011 8:44:56 GMT -8
Flugel Horn, Did you know there are two other suspension bridges over the Frazer between the Old Alexandria Bridge and the Lillooet Bridge. I'm sure you may have heard of the Hells Gate Suspension Bridge. Its located at the tourist attraction with the tram that descends into the Hells Gate Canyon from the Trans Can Highway.
Post by suspensionstayed on Nov 13, 2011 9:13:57 GMT -8
The second bridge is a very little known suspension bridge that I found to be one of those hidden gems. It is ~6km NNW of Lytton. It is one of those narrow, "droopy" footbridges along the lines of Capilano / Lynn Canyon, except it also carries a water supply pipeline on its underside. I guess technically rather it's more like a water supply pipeline with a walkway attached to its topside. It's length of 656 feet, - er 200 meters makes it longer than the Capilano and Lynn Canyon Bridges combined, or ~50% longer than the Capilano alone. It's nowhere near as high as them, but its remoteness and little traffic far makes up for it. It ranks well up there in my most unique suspension bridge visits of all time.
What made this visit truly unique it that my research of this bridge lead me to believe that I would not have the chance to walk across it due to it being a narrow pipeline crossing. I parked just off Route 12 approximately 4km north of its junction with the Trans Can at Lytton, then walked just under 2km into the bridge via a very obvious pathway that had benches every now and then. About 100 meters of trail left prior to my arrival at the bridge I had already noticed the high barbed wire fencing that would prohibit setting foot on this one. Ah! once at the bridge I was greeted by this odd break in the fencing enclosure around the bridge's anchorage / abutment. There was another bench inside this enclosure and the whole enclosure on the far side was nearly identical. Actually you can take the ferry crossing the Frazer at Lytton and drive north 6km to within about a few hundred meters of the west end of the bridge.
A reaction ferry connects the east and west side communities. A walk-in bridge becomes the only means of transportation between the east and west side communities during winter ferry shutdown periods."
I'm loving all these CN photos! I became a Canadian National railfan after driving through the Fraser and Thompson River Valleys for my first time back in 1996. I'm from Pennsylvania. Awesome how the CN & CP hang on to each side of the valley, then switch sides at Siska. Since I like to photograph suspension bridges, while I was in the area in 2003 I took these photos of the swinging suspension footbridge that allows CN employees access to their tunnels just north of Goldpan Provincial Park northest of Lytton.
While in the Nisga'a 1st-Nation, we visited Canyon City (now known as "Gitwinksihlkw"), which is on the opposite bank of the Nass River from the Highway, and previously the only access for the village was by a foot-traffic suspension bridge.
And the view of the old bridge is barely visible, downstream from the new.
The Via train seen above the tunnel entrance is train #1, the west bound Canadian. Once upon a time it ran over the Canadian Pacific route through Rogers Pass & Banff, not on the CN line as happens in the present. The train you see will soon arrive at the upper tunnel portal (out of this photo several hundred metres to the left) and will then circle around inside the mountain. In about one minute the locomotive's headlight will be seen in the tunnel at the lower portal.
The 'Loops' on CPR's western approach to Rogers Pass consisted of two bridges over Loop Brook, two more over the Illecillewaet River, and several snow sheds. This was necessary to allow a reasonable ~2% upgrade from the Illecillewaet valley to Rogers Pass. The bridges originally were of the timber frame trestle type. These were replaced c1905 with steel plate girders resting on stone pillars built by Italian stone masons brought to Canada by the CPR. These pillars were 'in service' for little more than 10 years, as by December of 1916 the nearby Connaught Tunnel was completed and all of this was made redundant, and abandoned a short time later. archives.whyte.org/dbtw-wpd/images/wmcr-harmonb-v263-na-1636.jpg
This bridge replaced the original timber structure of 1885. It was abandoned in December 1916 when the Connaught Tunnel was opened. The current track leading to the Connaught Tunnel is just out of sight at the bottom of this photo.
You can see this bridge form a view point on the Trans Canada Highway a few km east of Rogers Pass. As of 2011 this bridge is still there more than 100 years after it was built, a testament to the quality of its construction.
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Post by SS San Mateo on Dec 12, 2011 9:20:40 GMT -8
A few months ago the Ruston Tunnel closed after nearly 100 years of service. It was narrow and has a low overhead clearance (resulting in trucks getting stuck on occasion). Here's a video I took of it in early 2010:
A photologue of the Alexandria Suspension Bridge and the new, but still fifty years old, Alexandra Bridge, near Spuzzum:
Warning: sorta kinda a little bit slightly photo heavy!
We'll start with a photo of both bridges, taken from the CP mainline on the West side of the Fraser Canyon:
Now some of the new Alexandra Bridge, built in 1962 to replace the aging and narrow Alexandria Suspension Bridge:
Detail of a bust of a salmon. There are four of these, one at each corner of the bridge:
The bridge's builders plaque:
A lumber truck drives across:
Taken from above the Alexandria Suspension bridge, on the CP Mainline. You can barely see the old bridge camouflaging from sight near the bottom of the picture:
Taken from the deck of the Alexandria Bridge:
...and here's where we get photo-heavy... The original Alexandria Suspension Bridge, built in 1926-ish:
Taken from the new Alexandria Bridge:
I'm actually a little bit concerned about this bridge's future. There are large gaps such as this one at both end of the bridge deck, and large cracks you could stick your pinky finger into on the bridge towers. I'm surprised it hasn't been shut down due to safety issues. If any kind of earthquake occurs, the bridge will disintegrate.
Detail of the deck surface:
Detail of the bridge rails:
Looking West onto the bridge: those barriers ensured that vehicles driving onto the bridge realized that the road narrowed and didn't crash into the cables holding the bridge in place:
80+ years worth of graffiti leaves it's mark... the 1962 bridge is in the background:
Two shots showing the deck. It's a long, scary drop if you were to fall:
You can see the river below through the holes in the deck at the bottom of the picture:
A quick note for CV. The bridges you were looking at today at Alexandra in the Fraser Canyon are actually bridges 2 & 3. Bridge #1, the original, lasted from the 1860's to the mid 1890's, was part of the original Cariboo wagon road, and was also a suspension type. More info on it can be found on the Wiki links below.
A quick note for CV. The bridges you were looking at today at Alexandra in the Fraser Canyon are actually bridges 2 & 3. Bridge #1, the original, lasted from the 1860's to the early 1900's, was part of the original Cariboo wagon road, and was also a suspension type. I am sure more info on it can be found on Wiki.
A nice photo essay, BTW. JST
Yea, the original bridge was finally taken apart in 1912 after sitting damaged for a few years. A replacement wasn't built for years after, and is the old one you see today. Apparently the foundations of the original bridge are still visible, but after two visits in the past year, I've yet to find them.