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    • April 28, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
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      I was going through my EBT photos for a friend today and ran across this B&W study of the iron /  wood deck Runk Road bridge across Blacklog Aughwick Creek just north of Orbisonia, PA. I though it was pretty cool...

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    • April 28, 2013 11:52 PM EDT

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      Jon,

      Is that an old railroad bridge converted to auto use or is that a purpose built road bridge?

      Either way, great photo.

      Rick

    • April 29, 2013 7:13 AM EDT
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      I think it was built as a road bridge, but don't know for sure. The East Broad Top right-of-way is on the berm in the background.

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    • April 29, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
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      It kooks like the Dingmans bridge by me.  Its a cool looking bridge

       

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      Thanks for the link Geoff. And to correct my original post, the bridge crosses Aughwick Creek, not Blacklog creek. I was looking for the name on Google Maps because I couldn't remember it (Yes Roster, I'm OLD) and the only part labeled was Blacklog.

       

      It looks much better full screen on a 26" monitor. It became my wallpaper Sunday, replacing a winter scene.

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    • April 29, 2013 3:55 PM EDT
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      Jon Radder said:

       It became my wallpaper Sunday, replacing a winter scene.


      What kind of glue did you use????

    • April 29, 2013 8:13 PM EDT

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      Jon,

       

      We Had, until about 1971, an old cast, pin connected steel railroad bridge that was deeded to the county for a highway bridge.  Pretty interesting seeing log trucks crossing it.  I have some pictures around here somewhere if your interested in seeing them.

      Rick

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      Jon Radder said:

       (Yes Roster, I'm OLD)

      What Roster?

    • May 2, 2013 4:11 PM EDT
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      Weight Limit 3 Tons??? Definitely not an old RR bridge. I couldn't even put a load of gravel in my work truck and drive over that thing.

       

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    • May 2, 2013 8:45 PM EDT
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      Here's an old rail bridge converted for vehicles. 

       

       

       

      Located at La Boca, CO.  Part of the abandoned D&RGW narrow gauge line from Durango, CO to Chama, NM. 

       

      Although I did walk over it, I'd never drive over it.  While the sign does say "Bridge Closed", it also says "cross at your own risk".  And surprisingly many vehicles crossed while I was there taking photos of the bridge.

       

      Sure is a pretty setting:

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      Very cool Matt. Thanks!

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    • May 3, 2013 10:26 AM EDT
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      Jon,

       

      I drove across that bridge many years ago and it didn't give me a real comfortable feeling the way the floor seemed to flex and creak as you passed over it. The last time I was there the bridge was closed to traffic. Whether for repairs or because it was deemed unsafe I have no idea.

       

      It was a good location to take photos of the trains.

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      Here is SD, there is a similar bridge. It is a Truss Bridge that was converted from a railroad to a vehicle bridge. However the State went a above the simple planks, as the road is a highway, and built a deck on top and paved the road. Its been there since C&NW abandoned the line in the 60s (i think).

       

      As far as what I can see on the bridges, the steel structure looks pretty solid. I'd have no problem there, but the wood planks might be a worry. Or the concrete/ block abutments.

    • May 5, 2013 11:11 AM EDT
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      Gary Buchanan said:

      Jon,

       

      I drove across that bridge many years ago and it didn't give me a real comfortable feeling the way the floor seemed to flex and creak as you passed over it. The last time I was there the bridge was closed to traffic. Whether for repairs or because it was deemed unsafe I have no idea.

       

      It was a good location to take photos of the trains.

      It was still open to traffic when I took that shot. Several pickup trucks crossed while I was on the bridge.  It moves A LOT.  I've driven over it and it didn't seem that bad to me in the car.

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