I found these pictures on the Picturing the Past website:
Allan Graham’s book includes a reference to this bridge and it describes a wooden truss bridge. The one pictured above is clearly iron and quite sharp looking. If I recall Allan’s book also includes a photo of the wood bridge.
What I found so interesting about this photograph is the pier used to support the pivot point for the bridge. The photo itself is a great one with lots of detailed images. What intrigued me so much was seeing what is a wood structure yet the same pier that I photographed last Sunday is stone:
I assume that the older shots that I opened this post with are from the very earliest part of the twentieth century and were taken around the time when CN was assuming control of the line. Maybe they are older and are dated from Swinyard’s report on the railway? Any ideas? In this direction I assume that CN later rebuilt the bridge and replaced the wood piling/pier with a stone one. Not that I need anything else to distract myself with, and I really don’t(!), but I am really thinking about how great a model of this bridge would be if built as a module to set into a club layout. Either in standard gauge to use with our local UMG club layout or in something like On30 (yup, can’t shake that temptation either) for use in something like the modules the guys in Nova Scotia are working on.
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