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Montrose Swing Bridge

Welland River Railway Bridge

Montrose Swing Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 20, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian Pacific) Over Welland River
Location
Niagara Falls: Niagara Region, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
216 Feet (66 Meters)
Structure Length
400 Feet (122 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This swing bridge no longer opens for boats and apparently has not since perhaps the late 1930s. The bridge dates to ca. 1910. The machinery building, located overhead at the center of the bridge has been removed long ago along with all it contained. Despite this removal, and apparently the first section of  drive shaft that would have connected the motor to the rest of the bridge, the remaining gears and drive shafts that operated this bridge appear to remain intact and largely unaltered. Due to this, the bridge can still be considered an outstanding example of a swing bridge. The aforementioned gears and drive system is quite extensive, with gears hidden all over the bridge in large quantities in what likely seems a meaningless random fashion to the average observer. The truss superstructure itself retains excellent historic integrity. Although surface rust is present, the bridge appears structurally sound as well.

Above: View from drone. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski.

Above: View from drone. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski.

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