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Royal Military College Bridge

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Royal Military College Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 20, 2013

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Depression
Kingston: Frontenac County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1945 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
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Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
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1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge was erected here in 2004 at the Royal Military College of Canada as an interpretive exhibit. A tank was placed on top of the bridge, demonstrating the load-bearing capabilities of the bridge. The bridge display is an outstanding place to learn about Bailey bridges due to the interpretive signage at the location, and also the fact that the bridge appears to be a genuine World War II era Bailey bridge. Many Bailey bridges seen today do not date from the World War II period, and lack heritage value. These later examples may lack some of the original details of the Bailey bridges used during wartime. This bridge however appears to be from the wartime era. The United States Army Manual for Bailey Bridges is a good resource for identifying details in Bailey bridges.

 Steel on the bridge shows brands from a number of British steel mills indicating it is a British-manufactured bridge. Some of the steel has 1945 on it, suggesting the bridge was manufactured in 1945. Most of the details expected in a proper wartime Bailey truss are present, including transoms (floor beams) and the transom clamps that look like c-clamps and hold the transoms in place. Other typical Bailey details are in place. The bridge includes rakers that in the case of this double truss single story Bailey bridge run at a diagonal path between the pairs of trusses on each side of the roadway. Bracing frames span between the pairs of truss lines on each side. The sway bracing (rods with turnbuckles) are present as originally designed, appearing as rods running between corners of the transoms. The end posts retain original design, including jacking step and bearings as outlined in the army manual. The top of some of the end posts has "MkII" welded on it. This appears to refer to the model of the Bailey truss, "Mark 2" which appears to also be referred to as "M2" in some sources.


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