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Date: 10/11/20 09:30
Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: tsokolan

Earlier this month I spent some time on CN's Sangudo Sub, a branchline that runs north west from Edmonton to Whitecourt Alberta. The line features the largest wooden trestle in North America at 2,414 feet long. I shot the daily eastbound CN train L516 in a few locations:

1.L516 passes the preserved grain elevator at Mayerthorpe Alberta

2. The trestle at Rochfort Bridge Alberta, so long that a drone is needed to capture the entire structure

3. A lessr known but equally impressive structure is this bridge just outside of the town of Sangudo. L516 crosses the Pembina River on this bridge in the early afternoon of October 2 2020


-Trevor








Date: 10/11/20 10:16
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: refarkas

Three first-class scenes.
Bob



Date: 10/11/20 10:41
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: monaddave

Oh... oh sure. This would have been your Altamont program this past weekend. Nice.

(Uncle) Dave in MT



Date: 10/11/20 10:57
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: King_Coal

Three very nice photos. Hard to believe those big largely wood trestles on a class one RR. Thanks for posting.



Date: 10/11/20 13:22
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: 3rdswitch

Real nice trio.
JB



Date: 10/11/20 15:57
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: tsokolan

monaddave Wrote:
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> Oh... oh sure. This would have been your Altamont
> program this past weekend. Nice.
>
> (Uncle) Dave in MT

Yeah and I was looking forward to it being held in Canada this year! Oh well......

-Trevor



Date: 10/11/20 18:50
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: PHall

King_Coal Wrote:
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> Three very nice photos. Hard to believe those big
> largely wood trestles on a class one RR. Thanks
> for posting.

Well, it is on a branchline and not a mainline. Probably didn't generate enough revenue to justify replacing the wood trestle with a fill or a steel viaduct.



Date: 10/11/20 19:42
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: feclark

Gorgeous; too bad the Mayerthorpe trestle was burned a few (several, now?) years ago.
Fred



Date: 10/11/20 22:43
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: PHall

feclark Wrote:
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> Gorgeous; too bad the Mayerthorpe trestle was
> burned a few (several, now?) years ago.
> Fred

Was it replaced or was that the death knell for the branch?



Date: 10/12/20 07:35
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: tsokolan

feclark Wrote:
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> Gorgeous; too bad the Mayerthorpe trestle was
> burned a few (several, now?) years ago.
> Fred

That was a smaller bridge to the west of Mayerthorpe, not the large trestle in my photos. After the fire the bridge was replaced using a spare from Kamloops. The sub was only out of service for a week before the replacement bridge was completed.

Trevor

Posted from iPhone



Date: 10/12/20 14:26
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: ns1000

Very nice..!!



Date: 10/12/20 16:09
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: feclark

tsokolan Wrote:
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> feclark Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Gorgeous; too bad the Mayerthorpe trestle was
> > burned a few (several, now?) years ago.
> > Fred
>
> That was a smaller bridge to the west of
> Mayerthorpe, not the large trestle in my photos.
> After the fire the bridge was replaced using a
> spare from Kamloops. The sub was only out of
> service for a week before the replacement bridge
> was completed.
>
> Trevor
>
> Posted from iPhone

This shows how often I have been up there - just once, years ago. I shot both Rochfort Bridge and the Mayerthorpe one. When Mayerthorpe burned (arson, a fire-fighter?), did they reduce the length of the replacement with long fills on the approaches? I don't remember where I think I heard this.
Fred



Date: 10/14/20 06:49
Re: Three Shots from CN's Sangudo Sub
Author: tsokolan

feclark Wrote:
> This shows how often I have been up there - just
> once, years ago. I shot both Rochfort Bridge and
> the Mayerthorpe one. When Mayerthorpe burned
> (arson, a fire-fighter?), did they reduce the
> length of the replacement with long fills on the
> approaches? I don't remember where I think I heard
> this.
> Fred

Yes fill was added to both sides of the bridge to replace the original timber sections, making the new bridge shorter then the original. The new bridge is a little difficult to access, but a shot can be made from the north isde of the tracks if the light is right 

-Trevor



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