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Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge

Unknown location, but a pretty big bridge. Any guesses where this is/was? From my negatives collection. View full size.

Much like the Forth Bridge in Edinburgh

When I first saw the picture I thought it was the Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, although the structural members looked a bit different. The main upright members of the Forth Bridge are tubes, rather than square or rectangular.

It turns out that the similarity isn't coincidental - one of the engineers appointed to do the 1916 re-design after the original design failed in 1907 was Maurice FitzMaurice from Britain, who had worked on the Forth Bridge.

Pont de Quebec

Correct ID, rnold. And taken from the same angle as the shot below. Re mhallack's "pretty big bridge": it is the longest cantilever bridge span in the world. It actually failed twice during construction: the first time in 1907 (75 workers killed), then again in 1916 (13 killed).

The Quebec RR bridge

I believe that is the Quebec RR bridge, completed in 1919 after the first attempt/design failed and collapsed into the river.

 
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