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Third Welland Canal CN Railway Bridge

Third Welland Canal CN Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Third Welland Canal
Location
Rural: Niagara Region, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
180 Feet (55 Meters)
Structure Length
180 Feet (55 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an impressive swing bridge. It no longer opens for boats since it crosses an abandoned section of the Welland Canal. The bridge tender and machinery building has been removed, as has most of the operating machinery, although some of the gearing remains around the swing pier.

The configuration of this bridge is a camelback warren through truss. V-lacing and lattice are present on many members of the bridge. Swing pier and abutments for the bridge are stone. Connections on the bridge are riveted. The bridge carries two tracks on it, both well used.

Old locks are visible to the south of this bridge.

Thanks to Fred Herriot, who provided the following additional information regarding the bridge:

The bridge itself carries two tracks of the Canadian National Railway and VIA Rail between Saint Catharines [and from beyond to Hamilton and Toronto] and Niagara Falls [and from beyond to Buffalo and New York City]). These tracks were originally part of the Grand Trunk Railway system.

The section of the Welland Canal this bridge crosses is known historically as the "Third Welland Canal," operating from the 1880s to the 1930s. This version of the canal was shut down in 1932 when the "Fourth Canal" went into operation.

The bridge itself was built to take the place of a cut-stone tunnel, the Grand Trunk Railroad Tunnel, which is located about two hundred metres (600 feet) to the south-west of the bridge. The tunnel does leak, but it is still (I believe) passable.

Above: Aerial drone view of bridge. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

Above: Aerial drone view of bridge. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

Above: Aerial drone view of bridge. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

Above: Aerial drone view of bridge. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

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43.137810,-79.176930

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