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Date: 12/01/21 07:34
Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trestle
Author: inCHI

Two years ago I rode the Empire Builder to Whitefish, MT, where I got a rental car. Thanks to Amtrak's generous luggage policy, I was able to bring a drone along with me. On another day, I set up and caught the eastbound Empire Builder crossing the high bridge at Java. This view of the train rolling past combines an aerial view with a ground level view.

Back when I took this, I also uploaded a BNSF freight at the same location. https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,4812193,4814974#msg-4814974



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Date: 12/01/21 07:36
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: goduckies

Beautiful

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Date: 12/01/21 07:48
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: KDroute

Great stuff, thanks for posting



Date: 12/01/21 07:57
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: Train29

Looks like a model train from the drone! Excellent photographic work. 



Date: 12/01/21 08:56
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: amtrakbill

Beautiful!  Thanks for your work in doing this and sharing.



Date: 12/01/21 09:20
Before there were drones...
Author: Alco251

October, 1992. Eastbound BN freight seen from the east side of bridge 1165.4, the 778-foot deck plate girder bridge over the Middle Fork of the Flathead River near Java East, Montana. Easy hike, but bring bear spray.




Date: 12/01/21 09:26
Re: Before there were drones...
Author: viatrainrider

Outstanding!  Thanks!!



Date: 12/01/21 12:39
Re: Before there were drones...
Author: photobob

Nice vidio nice cuts to ground level shots.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Date: 12/01/21 14:19
Re: Before there were drones...
Author: alex14ramos

Nice series. Are you using audio from the cameras on the ground for the drone footage? 

Take Care,
Alex Ramos 



Date: 12/01/21 15:19
Re: Before there were drones...
Author: inCHI

alex14ramos Wrote:
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> Nice series. Are you using audio from the cameras
> on the ground for the drone footage? 
>
Thanks! Yup, that audio is from a mic on the camera on the ground, the drone does offer audio.



Date: 12/01/21 15:39
Re: Before there were drones...
Author: jp1822

Beautiful stretch of daylight travelling - from Whitefish to East Glacier!!! The trestles just east of Essex and in the Columbia Falls area (in between West Glacier and Whitefish station stops) are VERY photogenic! You set this up really nicely! 



Date: 12/01/21 16:44
Re: Before there were drones...
Author: widowsihler

Outstanding! That's one of my favorite moments on the Builder route, and I can only guess what effect it has on a less-experienced traveler who happens to be looking out the window as the train abruptly appears to become airborne. And of course from within the train one has no hint of what a complicated structure the train is drossing, a collection of trusses and trestles and some rather weird looking infrastructure.

Many thanks for the eye-candy!



Date: 12/01/21 16:58
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: BuddPullman

Brilliant!! Thank you!



Date: 12/01/21 17:31
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: Pioneer2526

How old is that bridge ?

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Date: 12/01/21 19:42
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: robj

Pioneer2526 Wrote:
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> How old is that bridge ?
>
> Posted from iPhone

1900 but as noted probably strengthened.     Probably less info on this bridge than normal for  bridgehunter and less photos.  Gee, anyone want to hike down to bottome of canyon
but bridgehunter is my go to source.
Bob

https://bridgehunter.com/mt/flathead/bh63785/

Also, great thread far away from "canyon's" of chicago.



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Date: 12/01/21 22:21
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: HoosierVirg

I never got a picture of the Empire Builder on the bridge but many freights . Last time I was there a track crew warned me of a grizzly that was around the corner so I was very careful that day LOL.

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Date: 12/02/21 09:30
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: mapboy

BNSF track chart revised May 10, 2018 says ".300 BRI 1165.30 20' BM; 2-48', 32' DPG; 225' DPCT".  That decodes to .300 of the mile at 1165, BRIdge at MP 1165.30 (low mileage end of bridge), 20' BeaM span, two 48' and one 32' Deck Plate Girder, 225' Deck Pin Connected Truss.  That only adds up to 373' long, missing a description for 405' of the bridge.  From the 10 spans in the description below, this 2018 description doesn't detail 5 spans.
BNSF track chart revised 01/04/2008 says ".45 BR. 1165.4 778', 10-DPG, BM, DRT, DPCT Middle Fork Flathead River".  That decodes to .45 of the mile at 1165, BRidge at MP 1165.4, 778' long, 10 spans of Deck Plate Girder, BeaM span, Deck Riveted Truss, and Deck Pin Connected Truss on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on the Hi Line Subdivision.  
A revised 09/24/2003 track chart substitutes IB ("I" Beam or Girder Beam Span) for BM and adds WF (Wide Flange Beam Span).  The descriptions vary as time goes on, the bridge has been strengthened, how many times I won't guess.

mapboy
 



Date: 12/04/21 05:36
Re: Aerial view of the Empire Builder crossing the Java, MT trest
Author: mp51w

Amtrak should pay you for that video, and use it in a commercial!



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