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Battle River Railway Bridge

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Battle River Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): C. Hanchey, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/

Bridge Documented: May 24, 2015

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned Canadian Pacific) Over Battle River
Battleford: Division 12 (Battleford), Saskatchewan: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: Canadian Bridge Company of Walkerville, Ontario
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
150.0 Feet (45.7 Meters)
Structure Length
770.0 Feet (234.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
2 Main Span(s) and 36 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This railroad through truss bridge has been abandoned and the timber approaches are partially removed. The bridge was originally constructed in 1912 as an all-timber bridge, however the two main Pratt through truss spans (which are the primary surviving parts of the bridge today) were installed in 1924. The timber approaches were rebuilt in 1941. Notes from provincial heritage bridge inventory follow: Spans: 30x13; 2x150; 6x12. south approach rb-1941 and a-1974; north approach pf-rb-1940/41, rb-1953, a-1974; first constructed as a 93-span timber trestle; 2 steel trusses (Canadian Bridge Co., Walkerville, ON) replaced the centre span in 1924; timber approaches rebuilt in 1941. Interesting history: CPR surveyed the line in 1874-76 but by 1882 decided not to extend a line from Biggar to Battleford; CNoR put their line north of Battleford and formed North Battleford in 1905; Battleford selected as capital of NWT and recogized the need for rail access from the south; GTP arrived in 1912; bridge purchased by the Town of Battleford from the CNR in 1996; bridge now being promoted as part of multi-purpose trail connecting Govt House, Col. Otter Park, Telegraph Flat, and Fort Battleford National Historic Site.



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