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Date: 02/17/21 05:54
Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: howeld

Bahia Honda Bridge on FEC’s key west extension is looking rough.  I wonder how long till FDOT removes the structure before hurricane takes care of it.    








Date: 02/17/21 05:55
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: howeld

FEC train 121 at Boca Raton this morning. 

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Date: 02/17/21 10:19
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: 8notch

Thanks for that shot of 121 thru Boca Raton. How close is that location to Yamato Road?
Robert in Lagrande Oregon 



Date: 02/17/21 11:16
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: howeld

South of Palmetto Park Rd. Near Boca Raton Elementary school.



Date: 02/17/21 12:19
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: Lackawanna484

The Bahia Honda rail bridge might make a wonderful artificial reef sometime soon. Great for fish and divers



Date: 02/17/21 13:58
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: BLKMTN

I doubt the bridge that replaced it will last 110+ years.



Date: 02/17/21 15:12
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: cornerfieldhobby

Well that is a first for me. I have never seen and intermodal that has freight in the middle followed by more intermodal.



Date: 02/17/21 19:16
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: Gonut1

Welcome to PSR, not new anymore but still startling when one first sees it in its full glory. Making a lot of stockholders real happy while not so much for real railroaders. I don't expect to see PSR go away anytime soon. Nor should you. I guess when coal drags, freight, autoracks and intermodal all mix it up it will be a real feast for the eyes?
Welcome to the future.
As for the bridge, that I'm sure is a huge pile of high quality pre-WWII steel worth a lot of $$. But apparently not enough to reclaim it and send it to a steel mill. 
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Date: 02/17/21 20:52
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: KV1guy

Gonut1 Wrote:
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> As for the bridge, that I'm sure is a huge pile of
> high quality pre-WWII steel worth a lot of $$. But
> apparently not enough to reclaim it and send it to
> a steel mill. 
> Go


The Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.......it would see no such fate until it falls in to the sea.



Date: 02/17/21 23:30
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: dan

it may still have utilities on it the only gap is deliberate, doubt it is endangered



Date: 02/18/21 01:01
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: 8notch

Thanks for the information. Back in 1982 I used to work the Ville Rica switcher job as the local trainman. Went on duty at 4AM Monday thru Friday. At the time I was living in South Miami and drove 75 miles each way just to stay off the extra board at that time. I really learned a lot from that job..Went on and became a local conductor and then local engineer. I also had my yard rights out of Hialeah.
Robert now in Lagrande Oregon. 



Date: 02/18/21 02:51
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: howeld

On several of the spans the diagonal elements in the truss are gone. They have rusted through and hanging off or already fallen into the water.
If any single spans looses too many of the tension elements it will start to sag and fail.

On a happier note the part of the 7 mile bridge out to Pigeon Key is getting a fresh coat of blue paint.



Date: 02/18/21 06:01
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: inrdjlg

 >>>>>>>Well that is a first for me. I have never seen an intermodal that has freight in the middle followed by more intermodal.
>>>>>>  Welcome to PSR, not new anymore but still startling when one first sees it in its full glory.

FEC was doing PSR before PSR was cool.  No one complained about it back then. 

Drove out to Key West one time, but wasn't able to stay more than a day and two nights.  One of my co-workers kidded me a long time afterwards for choosing to have dinner at Wendy's the first night I was there.     



Date: 02/18/21 10:01
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: rbenko

Wouldn't count on it's imminent demise - it's been there for 110 years!!  Of course it's now top-heavy with the road bridge on top of the through trusses, and nobody really maintains it except for the short segment in the foreground (you can walk to the end)...



Date: 02/19/21 13:57
Re: Bahia Honda Bridge
Author: CZ10

Here is the Bahia Honda Bridge in earlier times (courtesy of the Monroe County Public Library)

 




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