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Castlegar Robson Railway Bridge

   


Castlegar Robson Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 20, 2014
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Columbia and Western Railway) Over Columbia River
Location
Castlegar: Central Kootenay District, British Columbia
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Swing (Rim Bearing Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
135 Feet (41.1 Meters)
Structure Length
704 Feet (214.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 5 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an interesting bridge with its variety of spans including a rare plate girder swing span. The swing span which no longer opens for boats would have been hand-turned. For a swing bridge, this bridge sits a fair distance above the water level. It is a reminder that tall steam boats used to use this river. Interestingly, the through truss approach spans for this bridge are much longer than the main span length, the main span being the swing span. The bridge also has some smaller fixed deck plate girder approach spans. The bridge rests on stone piers. The bridge appears to retain excellent historic integrity.

The lengths given for this bridge are rough estimates.

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