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Old Apr 10, 2010, 9:48 PM   #1
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Default Bridge to nowhere.....

....from nowhere.



An old rail line lines up with it.



And here's the mechanism that rotated into position.





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Old Apr 10, 2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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That's pretty cool...the first one could be a bridge boat...LOL.

What is the history behind this? I suspect it was an abandoned railway, but why did they decided to leave the bridge? My guess is that it was left as a heritage site, in the last few years. Normally, that steel is worth a few bucks as salvage.

I really like pics like these...
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 10:49 PM   #3
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Cool shots! I'd be interested to know a bit about it also - when was it abandoned? It looks quite sturdy, even now with no maintenance for many years, I suspect.
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Interesting. I'd be curious to hear the history also. Nice shots.

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Old Apr 11, 2010, 10:15 AM   #5
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That old bridge is near the entrance to the Erie canal where it enters the Niagara River through the Tonawandas. If any of you remember the photos I have posted of my river walks, that park is just a short walk to the south of that bridge and the canal. The sad thing is that a lot of these bridges are falling into a sad state of decay with no hope of restoration. Nice series Jim, good to see I'm not the only one documenting the sights around here.

As a matter of fact, I was just browsing through my photos, and if you look on the left of this picture you can see that bridge:


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Jim - Fascinating photos - great color and especially fine detail in the last one.

Mike - thanks for adding some of the history!
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Thanks all for looking. Western New York has a wealth of industrial and infrastructure decay presenting interesting photo ops. In addition to calling this area the snow belt we are also known as a rust belt.

I was going to ask Mike to jump in on the history question, but he beat me to it, thanks Mike. There are two or three of these bridges in this vicinity, at least one is a lift bridge. The one I photographed is actually around the bend to the right in Mike's photo, the one to the left is similar. The rail line connected North Tonawanda to Tonawanda bridging the canal. The rail line has been removed on the Tonawanda side where modern patio style homes have been built along the canal and Niagara River, but it wasn't a main line. Looking at maps of the area, I believe this was a spur serving businesses along the canal and river. The main line is still in tact a little further in land.

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Here is the lift bridge that Jim is talking about, I took this last summer while riding the canal/river on my wife's uncle's boat. My apologies on the size of the image, this was just a quick and dirty upload so I could show everyone the bridge.

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Yes, Mike, that's the one!
And what a masterpiece of architectural design it is! It makes you not want to pass under it (for fear that big chunk of concrete will fall off). Thanks for posting.

If you would like an arial view of this bridge you can google map to this address:
202 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda, NY
Switch to satallite view and zoom in.

This rail line meanders south and runs adjacent to where I have worked for the past 37 years, known then as Anaconda American Brass.


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