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Don River Canadian National Railway Bridge

Don River Canadian National Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 20, 2013

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Don River
Location
Toronto: Toronto City, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is not a highly significant bridge, but as a riveted through girder, is a representative example of what was long ago a popular type of railway bridge. Through girder bridges are still built on rail lines today, but they do not use rivets and have a much more plain and simple appearance. HistoricBridges.org photographed this bridge, visible from a non-motorized trail, on the way to photograph an extremely rare and highly significant riveted double-intersection Warren pony truss that was supposed to be on the trail. The trail and bridge were formerly part of Beechwood Drive. However, it was found that the rare truss bridge had demolished and replaced with an ugly MOB (Mail Order Bridge). It is unfathomable why a bridge that had high heritage significance and could likely have been easily rehabilitated to carry the light weight of pedestrian traffic was demolished and replaced. To do so was a huge waste of money and heritage. The bridge seen today is a typical MOB, ugly, and like every other one you have ever seen. Unremarkable in every way. A historical photo of this rare truss bridge is shown to the right.

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