wintorbos

wintorbos

Posted on 08/10/2013


Photo taken on August  6, 2013


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Sault bridges

Sault bridges
Here is the International Road Bridge (white) with the Railway Swing Bridge (black, opened here to allow canal traffic to pass) and the amazing red bridge, which is actually an emergency control for the canal. In 1909 it was used ... it swings across the canal in case the lock collapses (as it did then) and holds the water back by means of a series of battens that are lowered one by one from the bridge to stop the rushing water. I took a picture of the sign that explains this (better) which I will upload at some point.

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The Chairman 8
The Chairman 8
I can only presume the ground isn't fit for more than walking on!
4 years ago.
wintorbos
wintorbos
I have added an explanation. The railway bridge (black) is swung open at the moment (it almost always is ... it only closes when a train has to take a load of steel from the steel plant across to the U.S.A. ... the railway connection only goes to the steel plant as far as I know. Most of the steel was exported this way to the U.S. auto industry although today the auto industry doesn't use so much steel and the steel plant focuses on making tubes and pipelines.) The red bridge is the interesting one ... it is a very rare kind of bridge as I tried to explain (not really a bridge at all but a safety device).
4 years ago.
The Chairman 8
The Chairman 8
Interesting stuff! :-)
4 years ago.