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Historic Photo: Niagara Falls Bridge Circa 1900

The above image can be found by clicking here on the Internet at the "Shorpy" website which features lots of high resolution historic photos, many of which are railway themed.  The above photo has this caption at the Shorpy website:

"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."

At the Shorpy website, you can view the above photo in very high resolution.

Andy Panko of the CRHA Niagara Division offers the following comments about the photo:
  • Note  the Great Gorge (Railway) Route through the steel work of the bridges as it comes down the gorge wall from the station in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Note the detail in the double track along the river including the guard rails just under the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) bridge you can see the left (east) track curving to a switch where it was single tracked for several hundred feet to fit on the very narrow shelf between the cantilever bridge foundation and the river's edge (an operator had to be stationed there to prevent the Niagara Falls Park & River Railway Company from having head on crashes, as this was a busy route in tourist season)
  • Note that it is "camelback" steam locomotive hauling those cars Canada-bound over the GTR bridge.
Posting by Russ Milland

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