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Between the Ottawa station and the Rideau River, the Beachburg Subdivision slices southwest through Ottawa neighbourhoods, but is mostly out of sight except where it crosses arterial roads. All crossings but one in this section are grade-separated, and of those, this bridge over Smyth Road is the oldest one. A stamp on the side of the bridge dates this to 1961, making it 10 years older than the next-oldest bridge. Like most of the other bridges, it was built with space for a second track, although at present it only carries one. It's getting up there for a cast concrete structure, and the abutments were recently patched.

In the past 61 years, this bridge has carried the Dominion and The Canadian for CP, the Super Continental for CN, local wayfreights (at one time far more prevalent in the area), and the odd detouring mainline freight. Today, all of that is gone; the bridge is now only a conduit for VIA frequencies between Ottawa and Toronto. Those peaked at 10 each way in 2019; at this point in 2022, the line is back up to 8 trains each way as post-pandemic travel picks back up.

Here, 6432 leads VIA #51 towards Toronto, a few minutes after departing Ottawa. Behind 6432 are five LRC coaches, 6424, and then another coach - a strange-looking consist, but as #51 is a scheduled run-through from Montreal, it has the task of shuttling spare equipment from MMC to TMC.
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Caption: Between the Ottawa station and the Rideau River, the Beachburg Subdivision slices southwest through Ottawa neighbourhoods, but is mostly out of sight except where it crosses arterial roads. All crossings but one in this section are grade-separated, and of those, this bridge over Smyth Road is the oldest one. A stamp on the side of the bridge dates this to 1961, making it 10 years older than the next-oldest bridge. Like most of the other bridges, it was built with space for a second track, although at present it only carries one. It's getting up there for a cast concrete structure, and the abutments were recently patched.

In the past 61 years, this bridge has carried the Dominion and The Canadian for CP, the Super Continental for CN, local wayfreights (at one time far more prevalent in the area), and the odd detouring mainline freight. Today, all of that is gone; the bridge is now only a conduit for VIA frequencies between Ottawa and Toronto. Those peaked at 10 each way in 2019; at this point in 2022, the line is back up to 8 trains each way as post-pandemic travel picks back up.

Here, 6432 leads VIA #51 towards Toronto, a few minutes after departing Ottawa. Behind 6432 are five LRC coaches, 6424, and then another coach - a strange-looking consist, but as #51 is a scheduled run-through from Montreal, it has the task of shuttling spare equipment from MMC to TMC.

Photographer:
Jakob Mueller [35] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/29/2022 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA 6432 (search)
Train Symbol: VIA 51 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 1.5 Beachburg Sub (search)
City/Town: Ottawa (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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