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Pine River CN Railroad Bridge

Pine River CN Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 14, 2004

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Pine River
Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a deck plate girder, and has two spans. It remains on an active railroad line. This bridge appears to have underwent several modifications over the years. The bridge's bearings appear to have been replaced. A couple areas show where rivets were replaced with bolts. The abutments were designed to hold a second superstructure for expansion to a double-track line, something that never happened. The Belle River Railroad Bridge (on this same railroad line) also shows evidence of that. The abutments have been patched two times with concrete, but the original cut stone abutments still shine through as well. This railroad, a Grand Trunk Railroad line, is very old, and is the one that Thomas Edison rode on as a boy. This bridge, with a missing plaque that left behind a scar the shape of an American Bridge Company plaque, would have to date to after 1900, long after Thomas Edison's service on the train. However, the stone portions of the abutments could be from the previous bridge, perhaps the one that Edison would have crossed.


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