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Hoppers full of golden nuggets headed for Calder yard Edmonton. The 5582, 5571 and 5569 are crossing the trestle over the Sturgeon River at Mile 17.7, this is about a mile east of the town of Gibbons. It is train of only 35 loads, an easy task for this power which typically brings 50 loads home. A curiosity in this photo are the horizontal timbers of the bridge under the trailing unit (the 5569). The timbers under the rear truck are about a foot higher than the timbers under the front truck. There is an actual kink in these timbers under the fuel tank. Kind of strange. I suppose this addresses the versatility of wood, when things are not fitting to well (or an adjustment is needed) you cut it to size. Not an easy task with steel.
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Caption: Hoppers full of golden nuggets headed for Calder yard Edmonton. The 5582, 5571 and 5569 are crossing the trestle over the Sturgeon River at Mile 17.7, this is about a mile east of the town of Gibbons. It is train of only 35 loads, an easy task for this power which typically brings 50 loads home. A curiosity in this photo are the horizontal timbers of the bridge under the trailing unit (the 5569). The timbers under the rear truck are about a foot higher than the timbers under the front truck. There is an actual kink in these timbers under the fuel tank. Kind of strange. I suppose this addresses the versatility of wood, when things are not fitting to well (or an adjustment is needed) you cut it to size. Not an easy task with steel.

Photographer:
L. Priest [99] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/07/1985 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 5582 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Coronado Sub. (search)
City/Town: Gibbons (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Hi Eric. You are right about the roadway, it gives access to the farm field on the other side of the trestle. It just looks so odd seeing the cut timbers that create the look of a kink in the structure. The B & B gangs deserve a lot of credit, they built trestles that have been standing for many decades. Thanks for your insight. :-)

  2. Looks like an opening for a roadway. The longer span would require deeper depth horizontal members.

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