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Canmore Engine Bridge

Canmore Engine Bridge

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

Bridge Documented: May 19, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Spur Line Rail-Trail) Over Bow River
Location
Canmore: Bighorn District, Alberta: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Pin-Connected Whipple Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1880 By Builder/Contractor: T. B. Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1891
Main Span Length
205 Feet (62 Meters)
Structure Length
320 Feet (98 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1891 on a railroad spur line to serve a coal mine. The old rail spur is now the Bow River Loop Trail. The main span of this bridge actually dates to 1880. It appears to have been salvaged from another bridge, a two span Whipple truss that had its truss lines doubled up to create a single, stronger span. This accounts for the unusual double trusses seen on this span. The bridge is noted for its rare vertical endposts. At the top of the end posts, plaques reading T. B. Co. 1880 are visible. It is not known what the full name of this bridge company was.

 

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