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Grand Trunk Railway: 1900

Grand Trunk Railway: 1900

Circa 1900. "Niagara Falls, New York. Whirlpool Rapids (Grand Trunk Railway) Bridge with Michigan Central Cantilever Bridge in background." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Another railroad below it

What is the railroad at river level? and what it the infrastructure above and next to it?

A Century-Plus Later

This is a view from the Canadian side from October 2011. The bridge behind the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge is now the Michigan Central Railway Bridge which replaced the Michigan Central Cantilever Bridge in 1925 (and has itself fallen into disuse.)

Still in use

The bridge continues to carry both trains and on the lower deck, auto traffic; but no longer pedestrians.
It's been designated a special NEXUS pass bridge here in Niagara Falls. Shame because walking across the bridge as a boy and teenager, it was thrilling to see the Niagara River Rapids swirling below through the spaces of the wooden planks on the pedestrian walkway.

Bridges & Trains

Looking southwards/upstream, with the USA on the left and Canada on the right. The falls are about 3 kilometres upstream from here.

The tracks on the left at the riverside are part of the Niagara Gorge Railroad, an electric line that ran from 1895 to 1935.

The bridge may be owned by the Grand Trunk, but that's not a Grand Trunk train. The lead locomotive is a camelback, and the GTR didn't have any. This may be a Lehigh Valley locomotive, as there was transfer traffic between the LV and the GTR over the bridge


Awesome photo of awesome features. Wow!

Conductor to apprehensive passenger:

"If we derail, don't worry about drowning; the fall will kill you."

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