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Photographer: Anton Schwarzmueller
Taken: March 17, 2014
Caption: Northward View of Gorge and Bridges of Niagara Marker Boulder at Extreme Right
Additional Description: There are actually two bridges next to each other in the distance, downriver. The rust colored bridge is the Michigan Central Bridge. Since the dedication of the marker, the Michigan Central Bridge is no longer in use. It was built wide enough to carry two tracks. Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) sold their active right of way to the bridge to the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which had long sought to banish the CP from running freight trains through the dense tourist area. The gray colored bridge behind the Michigan Central is the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, owned by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and restricted to NEXUS member travelers. The upper deck of the Whirlpool Bridge is a rail crossing recently bought by Amtrak from Canadian National Railway (CN) which had filed to abandon it. CN uses the International Railway Bridge in Buffalo to cross the Niagara River, and CP negotiated trackage rights over the International Railway Bridge before it could abandon the Michigan Central Bridge and sell the right of way on the Canadian side.
Submitted: March 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
Database Locator Identification Number: p268470
File Size: 2.627 Megabytes
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