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St. Jacobs Railway Viaduct

St. Jacobs Railway Bridge

St. Jacobs Railway Viaduct

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 4, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Conestogo River
Location
Woolwich Township (St. Jacobs): Waterloo Region, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: Dominion Bridge Company of Montréal, Québec

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
158 Feet (48 Meters)
Structure Length
466 Feet (142 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is an impressive railway deck truss bridge that includes a series of "tower and girder" style approach spans at each end. At the south end, the bridge passes over a mill race.

A trail runs along the mill race right next to the river, however (at least when leaves are on the bushes) the bridge (and even the river) is very difficult to see due to heavy overgrowth along the river.

The broken remains of a Dominion Bridge Company plaque are on the truss span. The bridge was reportedly built ca. 1890.

The bridge remains in active use by trains. The stone substructure has been supplemented by additional steel beams. The truss was repaired at some point as well, and portions of the temporary shoring used to facilitate these repairs remain in the water underneath the bridge.

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