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calendar   Wednesday - January 16, 2013

One For Rich

because he asked for it, indirectly.



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The bridge at Riegelsville PA crosses the Delaware River and connects to the roads to Bloomsbury and Milford on the NJ side. This very rural ex-suburban corner of the state is chock full of lovely old iron bridges. The Riegelsville bridge was built by the sons of John Roebling, who was the guy who built the Brooklyn Bridge. After his death, his sons went on to build the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but they made this one here in my corner of NJ first.

See the comments in the Mr. Big Wheel post for a More Info link.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/16/2013 at 11:16 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 08, 2013

A big bad combination

Ships and bridges ... two things that just don’t go together



Oil Tanker Fender Bender With Suspension Bridge

Phew, tanker was empty



Coast Guard investigators on Tuesday plan to interview the pilot of an empty tanker that struck a tower in the middle of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while navigating beneath the hulking span.

The 752-foot Overseas Reymar rammed the tower on Monday afternoon as it headed out to sea, according to the Coast Guard and state transportation officials.

The unidentified pilot will also report to the state Board of Pilot Commissioners, which will conduct its own investigation of the accident. That board regulates bar pilots.

The pilot has been a San Francisco bar pilot since 2005, said Charlie Goodyear, a spokesman for the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association. The association did not release his name.

Lansing said the ship’s double hull wasn’t breached, and state officials said the bridge sustained minor damage but remained opened immediately after the accident. The crash damaged 30 to 40 feet of “fender” material that will need to be replaced.

same story at other places -
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=8945133
http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/01/07/live-video-tanker-strikes-bay-bridge-tower/

Now there are calls demanding that even piloted ships not sail around San Fran Bay when visibility is less than half a mile. And that bay is pretty much the fog capital of the west coast. Golly, think of the economic impact such a move would entail. But it’s for your own good!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/08/2013 at 12:13 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - November 11, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DREW

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Now ain’t she pretty?  Is that eye candy er what?  And how many friends you got give you a bridge for your birthday? I ask you.
If you ever visit this place and go there, just tell em that I gave it to you when they question the toll you might set up. LOL!

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THE IRON BRIDGE AT TELFORD
was built by Abraham Darby over the river Severn. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron, a material which was previously far too expensive to use for large structures. However, a new blast furnace nearby lowered the cost and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve a long-standing problem of a crossing over the river.
In the early eighteenth century, the only way to cross the Severn Gorge was by ferry. However, the industries that were growing in the area of Coalbrookdale and Broseley needed a more reliable crossing.
In 1773, Thomas Farnolls Pritchard wrote to a local ironmaster, John Wilkinson of Broseley, to suggest building a bridge out of cast iron. By 1775, Pritchard had finalised the plans, but he died in December 1777, only a month after work had begun.
Abraham Darby III, who was the grandson of the first foundry owner and an ironmaster working at Coalbrookdale in the gorge, was commissioned to cast and build the bridge. The iron for the new bridge was cast at his foundry.
Shares were issued to raise the £3,200 required, and Darby agreed to fund any excess. Although it had been predicted that 300 tons of iron would be needed (costing £7 a ton), in the end 379 tons were used, costing Darby and his company nearly £3,000. There would be many other costs to bear (masonry abutments, assembly, etc.), so that the project was far more expensive than first envisaged. Darby bore most of the cost overrun, and was in debt for the rest of his life.
Being the first of its sort, the construction had no precedent; the method chosen to create the structure was therefore based on carpentry. Each member of the frame was cast separately, and fastenings followed those used in woodworking, such as the mortise and tenon and blind dovetail joints, adapted as necessary to the different properties of cast iron. Bolts were used to fasten the half-ribs together at the crown of the arch. Very large parts were needed to create a structure to span 100 feet rising to 60 feet above the river. The largest parts were the half-ribs, each about 70 ft long and weighing 5.25 tons. The bridge comprises more than 800 castings of 12 basic types.
The bridge was raised in the summer of 1779, and it was opened on New Year’s Day 1781.

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Erm .... Drew.  I am having second thoughts about something.  You may NOT want to tell anyone that I actually gave you this bridge should you ever make it over here. You know, it might cause some bad feelings what with another foreigner buying or receiving another bit of their history. We’ll just keep it between us. Okay?  Be our secret, you’ll know it’s yours, but nobody else will.  Be safer that way.  (coughs)

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 11/11/2012 at 01:39 AM   
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calendar   Friday - September 28, 2012

The Berk Still Works

Weekend Wallpaper



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These pictures are pretty much brand new, both taken in August.

Visit RailPictures.net for thousands more.

The “Berk” in this case is the Nickel Plate Road engine 765, a 2-8-4 Berkshire locomotive. Built in 1944, this anthracite eating 400 ton chugger is again making steam and delighting rail fans around the northern mid-west.

Read a bit more about her here. And here as well. And there are loads of pics and videos as close as your nearest search engine.

For more about the Nickel Plate Road, aka the NKP, which is the TLA that the NPR actually goes by, because “New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad Company” takes too long to say, venture over here.

Bridges? Nah, I’m not saying anything about those two, although the stone one is quite famous. And the other one is wrought iron.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/28/2012 at 11:50 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Buttzville

Your bridge is 110 years old.

Built in 1902. And she never looked better.

Well done.


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The bridge on Mill Street in Buttzville in Warren County NJ is the kind of somewhat rare truss called a Double Intersection Warren through truss, because it’s a triangular Warren truss with another triangular Warren truss superimposed on top of it, offset half a length, and it’s the kind of bridge that goes up high and is connected over your head, so it’s a through type, not a pony type. A Double (intersection) Warren is very easy to confuse with a Howe truss, which were common at the time, although Howes always have all the verticals. The bridge in the picture only has hip verticals under the end end posts. Unfortunately, none of the variations of the Warren truss have any special names, so this one isn’t a Parker, or a Camel, or a Petite, or a Baltimore, or any of the nice names that the variations of Pratt truss have (if it were a Pratt it would be a Whipple). Lame, but I don’t set the rules.

This one is almost completely original, save for a few dozen rivets replaced with nuts and bolts over the past 110 years.  The floor of the bridge is 6” timber, and that is brand new. An inch or so of asphalt goes over that as a wearing surface for you to drive on. The floor beams may be original; if not, then at least they are proper I beams and not the wide flange H beams used today.

Barely a block away is where the north-south road to Princeton (Route 31) meets the west-east road to New York City (Route 46). Thousands and thousands of cars and trucks hammering down the highway every single day, just behind the white house in the back of this picture. But one block back, here on Mill Street, time stopped long ago.

In the half hour I took to photograph this bridge, which is only 10 minutes up the road from where I bowl every week, not even one vehicle crossed the bridge. A couple of crows flew by, and I swear the trout in the stream were watching me when my shadow fell on them. But that’s it.  Just like in my county, the modern world exists mostly on the main roads. A block or two back and it’s whatever year you want it to be, except you’ve got HDTV and internet and modern stuff whenever you want.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/25/2012 at 09:10 PM   
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calendar   Friday - September 21, 2012

To me this has meaning

I got a Parker.

And it’s a Camel.

And it’s a Pony.

And mine has skew!

And you don’t have one.

So neener neener!




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The metal across the top of a truss bridge is called the top chord. Most of the time it’s flat, going in a straight line from one side to the other. Sometimes it has a bit of an arch to it, like this one. That’s called a polygonal top chord. When you have a Pratt truss, like this one, in which the inner diagonals all point towards the middle of the bridge, and you have that arched top chord, that kind of bridge is called a Parker. Each chunk of a truss bridge between the vertical beams is called a section. When you have a Parker that has exactly 5 angled bits in it’s top chord, regardless of how many sections down below, that’s called a camelback, or a camel. When you have a bridge that has no overhead works - in other words, it’s just two sides sticking up, with no bars running across above you - that’s called a pony truss.  Skew is when one end is longer than the other, or offset a bit, because bridges rarely cross things at perfect right angles.

So what you’re looking at would have been mighty rare back in the once upon a time era: a skewed camelback pony truss. But in this modern era, where wide flange H beams have long since pushed I beams aside, and instead of rivets and pins we have gusset plate welding, you can do just about anything and it makes a good strong bridge. So making one out of one of the two pinnacle truss designs (ie a camelback truss and a half subdivided Warren truss) is a bit like gilding the lily, but it makes for a mighty strong bridge. You could drive tanks across this one if they’d fit. All of them, sir.

But still ... modern or not ... a Parker Pony. Neener neener! Neener neener!!



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Going full circle: in the foreground is a wooden Kingpost, the most simple and oldest truss design; it’s older than islam. Put weight in the middle and it stretches the vertical iron rods downwards, which in turn pull on the wooden “A frame” boards, squeezing them together and downwards, and that downwards is applied at the ends of the bridge. So when you think it would bend down in the middle from your weight, it’s actually trying to bend down at the ends, and thus stays flat and can carry more than twice what a plain flat bridge of it’s size and materials can. This truss gets used everywhere, including in the roof of your house. And if you notice, there’s an upside down kingpost in the middle of the Camelback in the background. Because nothing is every really new all by itself.

My MIL had to be taken to the hospital at 10pm tonight ... this is not a positive sign. Won’t be much sleep for me tonight.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/21/2012 at 09:56 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 31, 2012

In Which Drew Learns What Bridge Horns Are For

I’d seen these the other week and had no idea what they were for


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I thought maybe they were for hanging Christmas lights from, or for stringing barbed wire to in high crime areas.  I was sort of half right. They are for stringing wires to.


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So when I saw them again today I stopped and asked somebody. They’re temporary offset arms for holding cable that a great big tarp will be hung from, so that when the bridge painters go to work chipping all the paint off it doesn’t fall into the river. And the tarp also lets them work when it rains. And when they’re all done, the horns come off.

But I laugh at my fertile imagination, naming them “ears” or “horns” to myself. Bridge horns. Beep beep.

PS - yes, these two bridges are almost identical. Same age (1890), same size, same plan, different builders. Both started life as one lane bridges over mill streams along dirt roads, both are now two lane bridges down Main Street in their towns.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/31/2012 at 05:00 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 30, 2012

Holiday Requiem In August

It’s Not Just Me



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county residents love their bridge, especially at Christmas



Next To Last Christmas for White Bridge Road Bridge.

See? Other folks understand the allure of having a 120 year old chunk of iron in your neighborhood. It’s got looks. It’s got charm. It’s got those! I love those on a woman bridge! Plus it keeps the speeds down, and it keeps giant trucks from using your street as a short cut or a bypass route.

But as much as they love their old white bridge - and they love it enough that the last time the county painted it, painted it county green when it’s the only bridge on WHITE BRIDGE ROAD (duh), the locals came out at night and painted it white again - it’s literally on it’s last leg. And that leg is rusting. The thing is falling down, victim of too many beatings, too much rust, and just not being built strong enough to begin with.

Read all about it, and look at some sad pictures, here.  But see happy holiday pictures here!!

No official time has been set for the bridges demolition as far as I know; discussions are still under way more than 3 years later, federal funds have been spent, state funds have been gathered, and a tentative date of June 2013 has been floated. We’ll see.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/30/2012 at 03:38 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 23, 2012

Old Local Good News

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I for one am glad of it. We’ve got radon here, one of the highest concentrations in the entire world. So it’s no surprise to me that there’s something else radioactive underground. I’m just glad there wasn’t enough of it to make a going mine, or else we’d have pale green slag heaps everywhere, and the steady tick-ticking of Geiger counters.

I walked to Pennsylvania and back 3 times today yet only strolled for a bit over a mile. I never took the same way more than once. And there is a river between here and there, a significant one.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2012 at 09:17 PM   
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Villagers With Torches?

I knew we had a covered bridge in my county, but I didn’t know the story behind it. Oh, those radical Red State clingers! Yes, in New Jersey. Conservatives in touch with tradition and history.


An Aroused Group Of Citizens



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This is the last public covered bridge in New Jersey. It was erected in 1872 on abutments dating back to colonial times. Damaged in 1960, the superstructure of this bridge was completely dismantled and removed to make way for a conventional span. However, in 1961, as a result of the efforts of AN AROUSED GROUP OF CITIZENS, the state of New Jersey, using the materials of the original covered bridge, fully restored this link with the past.

Well done. But to be fair, what they got back from the government may not have been exactly what they expected. Or perhaps even wanted. But it was what they needed though.

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The wooden truss inside the bridge is massive. The baulks are 15” across. The truss has iron rods for verticals. While wooden bridge truss designs are often called King Post, Queen Post, Long, or Howe, because of this one’s “double V” design it could just as easily be considered to be a double Warren with alternate verticals. Which would make it rather cutting edge, for 1872. But while the great wooden truss remains, and the thick wooden deck with rough planks bolted on gives passing vehicles that bump-a-dump-bump “crossing an old time bridge” sensation, the truss isn’t really doing anything more than holding the roof up. All the weight is born by the completely modern underpinnings, starting with the 24” tall I beam stringers crossing the creek and the slightly smaller floor beams and diagonals supporting the 4x12 wooden floor joists. This one only looks old and delicate on top. Underneath it’s a modern mini-monster.

This is the way that old bridges survive in the modern world. When the new bridge was put in back in 1961, just inches away from where this covered bridge now stands, it was built with even mightier beams which let it handle any kind of traffic load AND a set of picturesque stone side walls a foot and a half thick.

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Those beams underneath have to be three feet tall if they’re an inch. So traffic goes north on the open stone walled bridge, and south on the wooden covered bridge, and does it without weight limits or without even slowing down. Because 99% of all the drivers behind the wheel are just too damn busy getting on with their own lives, getting to where they have to be as fast as they can, to even notice where they are. There’s an observation about life in there somewhere ... if you’re willing to take the time to slow down and think about it.

However, since the covered bridge is only 84 feet long it is pretty comical to see front end of a full size tractor trailer come blasting out the south end of the bridge while the back end is still going in. Kind of like in those cartoons where the dachshund dog sticks out of both ends of the doghouse at the same time. And if you follow this link and look at the last picture added in the comments section, you’ll see that the entire wooden superstructure - the truss, the roof, and the walls - is supported by “puny” little 4” I beam stubs welded on to the main beams almost as an afterthought. That’s how strong modern steel is, that’s how weak even massive hardwood wooden trusses are, and it’s an indication of just how strong this “new” bridge really is: you could drive tanks across it if they’d fit inside.




I know. I know. Another boring ass bridge post by Drew, from his going crazy period. But I liked the “aroused citizens” part ... and I won’t bore you with the 2 turn of the century pony trusses I found up the road, nor with YET ANOTHER 1870s Phoenix column through truss 3 miles down the road from this one. Hunterdon County is an easy place to be a bridge spotter. You can get your fix every 100 yards or so, with fancy ones and historical ones hidden in the weeds every couple of miles.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2012 at 10:29 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 17, 2012

A roll full of miracles

Duct tape - it fixes everything!
It even works for bridge repairs!



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wooden joists sistered in around the steel ones, held in place with duct tape

on the TISCO half-subdivided 5 section polygonal top chord Warren pony truss

Union Forge Park, High Bridge, New Jersey




Ok, I’m being a tiny bit silly, but the duct tape is there, and it was used to hold the boards in place when the new decking was laid down. And the thing that is annoying about Warren truss bridges is that none of the variations ever got specific names; had this been a polygonal top chord Pratt truss it would have been called a Parker, and since this one has a 5 section top chord that Parker would be called a Camelback. And on a Parker, the half-subdivided aspect would probably make this one a “K Camelback”, since you get a “K” when you subdivide the top part of the diagonal on a Parker. Or any Pratt actually.

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But on the whole, who cares? It’s an odd little bridge in the middle of a steel factory that existed since colonial times. And that factory is both a public park and an active business.  The bridge crosses the South Branch of the Raritan River of course, as do all my bridges so far; it’s about 3 miles downstream from the one I posted the other day. But this bridge doesn’t quite fit in with all the rest, since it’s only a single span pony. And it’s the wrong color. And all that barbed wire makes it quite unfriendly. And it was never made to carry more than foot traffic, or perhaps a single horse and carriage. It’s undated, and in C- condition, and obviously somebody got at it with a welding torch and access to the county’s spare bridge parts bin and tacked on that 1900’s yellow railing that was probably snagged from some other local bridge. I’d guess this bridge was made in the 1920s, but that could be anywhere from 1915-1945. The abutments of a far older span are just 75 yards downstream, and a much newer girder bridge is just 25 yards upstream, somewhat visible in the left picture above.


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Some people get their exercise by going for a walk. Me too, plus I immerse myself in history at the same time. It’s worth a 10 minute drive.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2012 at 06:30 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 14, 2012

local fame


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You see these things everywhere out on the roads. Any place there is road work. Any place the road crews are widening a lane, repaving a bit of highway, whatever. I gather that these portable concrete short protective walls are called Jersey Barriers everywhere on the planet ... except in New Jersey. We just call them “those concrete things in the road”. Which is funny, because they’re from here actually. My own very local part of from here, actually.

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Small claim to fame, I know. But like the great Jersey Divide, those little blue road signs always give you a bit of local history.

And if there ever was an area where crash-proof lane dividers really needed inventing, this is it.

I was coming down Iron Bridge Road this afternoon ... there is no iron bridge there any longer; that old bit of 1850s iron was long ago replaced and these days there is a galvanized steel girder bridge with wood planking there instead, turned 45 degrees to the road and with a blind drop off ...


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It takes a real leap of faith to come down hill and drive across this bridge any faster than a crawl.



... and I’m riding the brakes hard the whole length of the road. Trust me, I’m not a ninny behind the wheel, or afraid to go fast or to corner hard. But the roads out here seem vertical. I’ve gone on milder ski slopes that were marked with black diamonds. Plus the lanes are very narrow, and dark under the trees, and they quickly turn to the left and right. Blindly turn I should say. You know it starts being a challenging drive when the signs say “blind corners next 4 miles”, but it really gets the driving challenge on when the signs say “extremely steep road ahead drive at your own risk” ... and that’s where Jersey Barriers were born. In the steepest and blindest roads in the state. Right here in Hunterdon County, not 5 miles from where we live. In the mountains, almost. Well, almost in what passes for mountains in New Jersey. There are two of them I think, in the whole state. And they aren’t really all that tall. Just vertical on the sides. grin


Personally, I prefer the taller “Ontario barriers”, “F barriers” or whatever they’re called. They do stop bigger trucks better, but I like them best because they block the headlights from even the tallest pickups and SUVs coming the other way and I don’t get blinded in my low to the ground little skateboard Saturn.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2012 at 01:29 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 10, 2012

still not dead

Still not dead. Not posting much. Online a whole lot less.

Looking for work.

Still not smoking. Not even using an unlit cigar as a chew toy at this point.

Doing a little bit of bridge hunting; very happy to report that All Is Right With That World: A) not only are there Parker truss bridges in Somerset, the next county over; B) I’ve found yet another phoenix column bridge along the South Branch. Ok, this one is actually along the Raritan Water Power Canal, a strange bit of capitalist history in itself, and was put there for scenic effect after being a working bridge in two previous locations. But the Power Canal is only a couple hundred yards in from where the South Branch and the North Branch come together; C) (and the real cause of my happiness) truss bridges are still being built in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. Ok, they aren’t the big massive works of the middle 20th century. And they aren’t the flyweight fairy bridges of the late 19th century. But they have a peculiar modern beauty all their own that I’m learning to love. And they’re all twin span pony trusses, which fit in perfectly with the other bridges in the area.

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The Studdiford Drive “Camel Warren”. A twin span camelback half subdivided Warren pony bridge.  This is about 3 miles up the road from the lenticular bridge I posted on the other day, with 2 other interesting bridges in between them.



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At the eastern end of the Raritan Water Power Canal is this nice old bridge, now restored and open only for foot traffic. The sign calls it a “double intersection Pratt” which is another way of saying it’s a Whipple truss. Pretty darn rare, although once common for railroad bridges. Twin span, but a through truss not a pony. Same kind of bridge as the under bridge in that domestic terrorism post the week before.
This “last” bridge in my two part walkabout is about 4 miles east of the Studdiford Drive bridge, with “only” the phoenix column between them. Another 2 miles to the east are a few Parker railroad bridges and a possibly interesting foot bridge to nowhere. But hey; D) Parkers!!!! Woo hoo!!! It was Parkers that got me started on this whole summer of bridge learning.

And yeah, there’s a double Warren a few miles to the north of me in Belvedere. Same kind as the bridge down south in Washington’s Crossing. And if I visited that one, I’d have to stop at the other phoenix column bridge down in Stockton. Hoo boy, imagine that, 4 separate phoenix column bridges in a 20 mile radius from where I live. Plus cast iron Pratts, all sorts of old pinned trusses, riveted trusses, a modern camelback, a lenticular, a Fink in a warehouse somewhere, and some genuine Parkers. As a bridge spotter, I am spoiled for riches without ever using more than a gallon or two of gas. Sweet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/10/2012 at 10:08 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 08, 2012

Teaser

Another bridge post. All pictures linked to much bigger versions.

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One of the more rare early truss bridges is the one called the lenticular truss. It looks like a lens, a discus, or a UFO. It is very strong design, combining the strengths of both the arch and the suspension bridge in one. It also has a tendency to bounce like the set of carriage springs it resembles, so the popularity of this kind of truss waned pretty quickly when it turned out that the rapidly moving public wanted bridges that did more than merely not collapse; they wanted them to SIT STILL while they were being crossed. Sorry Charlie.

Only about 40 of these bridges remain in the USA. Only about half of those are still in use for vehicular traffic. And most of the ones still in use turn out to have been made by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of New Berlin Connecticut. How about that? Pretty darned good work record, considering most of these old girls are nearly 120 years old now. You can find them from New England down to Texas, with a good number across upstate New York and another bunch scattered across Pennsylvania. New Jersey has two, so OF COURSE one of those is near where I live, and in pretty darned amazing great shape, open to regular vehicular traffic, albeit rather weight limited traffic. And where else would it be, but on the South Branch, our local little river that seems to have more antique truss bridges across it per mile in it’s 10 mile length than any other river in the country.



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I have a ton more pictures naturally. This is the Elm Street Bridge in Neshanic Station NJ, just over the county line into Somerset County, and is about 2 miles downstream on the South Branch of the Raritan River from the Higgensville Rd bridges in Three Bridges NJ, which are in turn about 1 mile downstream from the Rockafellows Mills bridge I last posted about.

Those nuts on those nice new shiny stainless steel pins - the Elm Street bridge is well taken care of, and is yet another example of the “rare” pin connected truss (rare everywhere but Hunterdon and Somerset Counties NJ) - are about the size of the palm of your hand. This bridge is two spans across, each span is about 140 feet.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/08/2012 at 05:09 PM   
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