|London Thames River Railroad Bridge||Truss||Railroad||Middlesex County, Ontario||London||Thames River|
From a distance this giant hulk of a bridge resembles the Foxburg Bridge in Pennsylvania. The members and chords on this bridge are huge, and the steel gusset plates that make up the riveted connections on this bridge are probably several feet in height. I am unsure why this bridge is so massive, other than that it is probably a newer railroad bridge, compared to the more dainty South Branch Railroad Bridge which is on the same rail-line. The bridge is a warren deck truss, and has two main spans. Deck plate girder spans provide an approach for the bridge. The bridge sits on concrete piers and abutments. Diagonal members and portions of the chords have lattice on them. The trusses have rusted slightly, but the bridge has been patched with new steel and bolts in a number of spots. The concrete piers are probably the worst part of the bridge, with visible spalling and cracking showing on them. This bridge carries frequent train traffic, including CN freight trains and ViaRail passenger trains.