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Searchmont Railway Bridge

Searchmont Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 13, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National, Algoma Central) Over Goulais River
London: Algoma District, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
180 Feet (54.86 Meters)
Structure Length
230 Feet (70.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Sault Ste. Marie may be a decent sized town, but it does not take a very long drive to get into the middle of nowhere and feel like you are way up in the northern country! This bridge is in the town of Searchmont, which except for a ski resort is otherwise an eerie ghost town. This railroad bridge, an Algoma Central (today a Canadian National line) bridge still stands proud though. An absolutely stunning Parker truss surrounded by beautiful mountainous terrain, the bridge features pinned connections. It features a lattice portal bracing. Lattice is also present under the top chord. V-lacing is present on the verticals, as well as on an end-post brace, and also on the sway bracing. The bridge is a seven panel structure. There is a deck plate girder approach at the northern end. Piers and abutments are made of concrete, suggesting the bridge may be an 1900-1910s bridge. Pre-1900s bridges usually had stone abutments. There was an abandoned train station in this area that reportedly dated to 1902. Perhaps the bridge was also built around this time?


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Coordinates: 46.775510,-84.050820

Latitude: 46.775510 Longitude: -84.050820

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