Mar 31, 2021
...and if it does-drop your fish and run faster!!
How about if I offer the fish to the bear? Maybe not. Were you ever too close to one? A bear, not a fish........
Where I grew up, we saw them frequently. My dog didn't like them and chased more than a few up a tree. One was probably 20-30 feet away, and had cubs. That was worrisome.
And now for something completely different. A railroad bridge? Well, sort of..
Sometimes there are disasters. Here are a few.
Bascule Bridge. Article from a 1909 Railway and Locomotive Engineering journal.
Now this is a cool way to experience rail travel
There's one of these in Tillamook, Or. You can ride them almost every weekend!
A 1943 Frisco plate girder in Tulsa.
Bit of rust on that one. Is the line still active?
Some of the fastest trains in the country (that BNSF symbol freight from Atlanta to Long Beach) cross it daily. The bridge is pretty standard, but I love the art deco abutments. And no graffiti!
Here is the BNSF bridge over the Prairie river at Grand Rapids, MN
It's the little things like art deco embellishments I miss on newer construction.
A 1906 article on cantilever bridges from Railway and locomotive engineering.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canti...tilever bridge is a,supported on only one end
1906 article about arched bridges from Railway and locomotive engineering.
Bridge over the Big Fork River, Minnesota.
Built by Big Fork & International Falls RR to Minnesota & International RR to Northern Pacific to Burlington Northern to bike path.
p.s. The Big Fork River drains to the Atlantic Ocean, via: Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, Winnipeg River, Lake Winnipeg, Nelson River & Hudson Bay.
Crossing the Mississippi River at Bemidji, MN (currently the northern most RR bridge on the Mississippi River).
Beautiful Oakways, when they were new!
A 1906 article about BASCULE BRIDGES from Railway locomotive and engineering.
Possibly the most well known opening bridge in my region is this one (BNSF, built by the Great Northern RY) in Seattle (Ballard), Washington;