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Whitecourt Railway Bridge

Whitecourt Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): C. Hanchey, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/

Bridge Documented: May 21, 2015

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over McLeod River
Location
Whitecourt: Woodlands County, Alberta: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
173.0 Feet (52.7 Meters)
Structure Length
640.0 Feet (195.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This extremely unusual railroad bridge contains two spans that are the salvaged arms of a former swing bridge. It is not known if these spans were always in this location and there used to be a swing bridge here, or if a swing bridge from some other location was replaced and the arms were moved here. Originally the two pin-connected truss spans seen here would have been connected by a swing tower in the center. Today, the tower is gone and instead of a tower resting on a circular pier, the former swing arms sit on a normal fixed pier. Because all of the parts of the bridge that would have allowed it to be movable, HistoricBridges.org did not list the main span type as a swing span. The spans are nevertheless notable in the province as rare examples of pin-connected trusses of any kind. Lengths given are estimates.

 

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