HistoricBridges.org Menu: HistoricBridges.org Menu:


We Recommend These Resources:
Bach Steel - Experts at historic truss bridge restoration.

HistoricBridges.org: Bridge Browser

International Railway Bridge

International Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 20, 2012

View Photos
and Videos
View Maps
and Links

Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railway (Canadian National) Over Niagara River
Location
Buffalo and Fort Erie: Erie County, New York and Niagara Region, Ontario: Canada and United States
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1901 By Builder/Contractor: Detroit Bridge and Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Joseph Hobson

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2000
Main Span Length
358 Feet (109 Meters)
Structure Length
1,968 Feet (600 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 7 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View A Historical Article About This Bridge's Construction

View A Historical Report About The Previous 1873 Bridge At This Location

Many sources report that this bridge was built in 1873, however to say this is extremely misleading. A through truss with Phoenix columns was built here in 1873. In 1901, a completely new superstructure replaced the 1873 bridge. The original 1873 piers were reused to support this new bridge, and these piers are the only thing that survives from the 1873 bridge. As such, this should be considered a 1901 bridge that reused portions of a former bridge.

This bridge is a very long surviving example of a pin-connected truss bridge. It features 7 fixed spans and a swing span, which has not operated for boats for many decades. The bridge remains open to trains. The bridge was rehabilitated ca. 2000. During this rehabilitation a number of alterations took place. Much of the flooring system was replaced, and portions of the diagonal members, in particular the turnbuckles, were replaced.

Despite alteration, this bridge remains a significant example of its type, noteworthy for its length and use of pinned connections. The bridge also has an attractive portal bracing with decorative knee bracing and a portal cresting with the name International Bridge on it.

Divider

Photo Galleries and Videos: International Railway Bridge

 
View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
Original / Full Size Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
Mobile Optimized Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer

Divider

Maps and Links: International Railway Bridge

Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
42.929030,-78.910400

View Bridge Location In:

Google Maps

Google Streetview (If Available)

Bing Maps

OpenStreetMap

Apple Maps (Via DuckDuckGo Search)

Apple Maps (Apple devices only)

MapQuest

HERE We Go Maps

ACME Mapper

Waze Map

Android: Open Location In Your Map or GPS App

Flickr Gallery (Find Nearby Photos)

Wikimedia Commons (Find Nearby Photos)

Directions Via Sygic For Android

Directions Via Sygic For iOS and Android Dolphin Browser


Divider
 
Home Top

Divider

About - Contact

© Copyright 2003-2020, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.

Divider