Canadian Train Bridges and Trestles

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The CPR's Bonnybrook Bridge collapse, southeast of downtown Calgary Alberta.
There are some extremely detailed Close up of the damage.
This pictures were provided by Massey F. Jones

I decided to write this page on railway bridges after a visitor Arthur Grieve, Winnipeg, Manitoba offered to give me a number of railway bridge pictures that he had collected.
I again hope that my visitors will be sending me their pictures to be
included on this page. 




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CP Railway Bridge at Nipawin SK

CPR rail bridge spanning the Saskatchewan near 
Nipawin SK. This bridge is on an abandoned CPR 
branch line which ran to Prince Albert. The bridge
here is a dual deck bridge. 
The rail line is no longer used but the car part is
still in use. It is a single lane bridge with stop light at
either end.

I just got an update on this bridge from Marvin Torwalt.
"The bridge has been used for several years now by
a privately owned shortline, Torch River Rail. 
They producer cars from Choiceland, and points in 
between, to Nipawin on a pretty regular basis.
If you Google something like  you will see some grain
cars derailed at the approach to the bridge although the 
bridge doesn't show in the photos.
This happened last winter, January, I believe."

This link will show you what Marvin was referring to.

This picture was taken and submitted by Arthur Grieve, Winnipeg, Manitoba
CP Railway Bridge at Nipawin SK showing the approaches to 
the road bridge
This picture was submitter by Marvin Torwalt
CNR Train Bridge at Kamsack SK

CNR bridge spanning the Assiniboine River just west of
Kamsack SK. At this location it is a very small river 

This picture was taken and submitted by Arthur Grieve, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ron submitted this picture in hopes that someone could 
identify it. It was a postcard that was postcard but it was
represented as being in Winnipeg

Clark Gray, North Vancouver idenifird the bridge as the 
CNR bridge over the Saskatchewan River at The Pas,
Manitoba constructed between 1910-13. The centre span 
swung open enabling riverboats to navigate the river
back in the early days.

This picture was submitted by Rob McInnes 
Abandoned CNR wooden trestle at
Laing Farm Gallivan Sk Can Jul 16 2005
This picture was submitted by Gord MacKinnon, Saskatchewan Canada
Abandoned CNR trestle at Meskanaw Sk Oct 1st 2007
This picture was submitted by Gord MacKinnon, Saskatchewan Canada
 CNR Meskanaw Trestle
This picture was taken and submitted by Dale Redekopp, St. Albert, AB
CNR Meskanaw Trestle
 It was built by the CNR in 1929 and is the longest
trestle bridge in Sask.  It is on private property, the 
tracks have been removed, and it went out of service
in 1979
This picture was taken and submitted by Dale Redekopp, St. Albert, AB
CNR Meskanaw Trestle
This picture was taken and submitted by Dale Redekopp, St. Albert, AB
The bridge is or was located at the West side of 
Moose Jaw Sask. It spans the main CP line. 
All I know is that the approaches to the bridge were
removed prior to 1976. 
The date of construction is unknown
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
16th Avenue Bridge in Moose Jaw SK being dismantled.
There has been some discussion as to when this took place.
Stuart Anderson just advised me that this bridge was torn down in 1990
This picture was taken and submitted by Stuart Anderson
16th Avenue Bridge in Moose Jaw SK being dismantled.
This picture was taken and submitted by Stuart Anderson
The former CN trestle at Mile 87.1 Avonlea Sub; just 
south of Moose Jaw SK.

After the line was abandoned by CN, the trackage was purchased by farmers, which then formed the Southern
Rails Cooperative Ltd. (SRC) and it served grain 
elevators from Avonlea to Parry as almost the  first
railway shortline in Canada. in time, the SRC  now 
expanded along the Avonlea Subdivision into Moose Jaw
and connects with the CN, serving stations at Truax, Avonlea, Briarcrest and Tilney along the way (view the timetable).

In former days, the line was mainly traveled by light 
diesel locomotives, such as the GMD-1 and the GP-9. 
To run along the rails today, the SRC uses a Brandt 
Road Rail Vehicle that was built on a Kenworth 
highway tractor chassis and can operate on both
road and rail.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Avonlea Subdivision, as listed in the CN
Saskatchewan Division Employees' Operating 
Timetable 31, taking effect Sunday, April 24th, 1977

A 1986 edition, the Subdivision sees the Avonlea
Sub terminating at Parry. Some channels and other 
details in columns make it best publishing this 
one instead

Submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Southern Rails Cooperative runs between
Parry and Moose Jaw. This is an enlarged detail
of  a map from
Submitted by Massey F. Jones
A view of the trestle from Google Earth, along the Saskatchewan Highway #2 northbound lane into 
Moose Jaw

The coordinates are at the bottom right of the picture. Roughly 50º20'31"N and  105º31'47"W.

Submitted by Massey F. Jones

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