This web page is a combination of 3 outings and over 8 hours on site.
The railroad bridge over the Wisconsin River has been called the Black Bridge for years.
Every few years, I canoe out there and see it up close.
This time, some of the signal wires are drooping from the crossarms.
and one wire is dragging in the river.
This is a kite aerial panoramic view, and the stitch is not perfect because the bridge steel didn't line up.
In real life, the bridge is straight. The view is a quarter of the compass, looking from North to East.
In the distance is the Stevens Point Division of the paper mill, and then Vetters, and out of sight is the depot and rail yard.
At the right of the view, see the kite string and follow it down to my little boat by the shore.
The silver bridge is for city water pipes. Those pipes used to be under the Black Bridge, but vibration from the trains was cracking them.
There is not a public walkway on the pipe bridge. Sometimes, kids still walk the Black Bridge
|I did some kite aerial photography and not quad photography, and there was a lull in the wind and I couldn't finish a sequence of pictures, and this is all I got of the locomotives coming across.|
? Seven ? years ago, someone from ? British Columbia ? modeled the Black Bridge in HO scale for a module for model train shows.
I didn't look in my old files to see if I can still find the pictures of that.
|This is a view looking from West to North. The water is a foot higher than normal; usually a lot more rocks appear.|
|From the ground, its easy to see trains this way.|
Also see some specificatons and history of the Black Bridge on Bridge Hunter Historical website and I put three of these pictures there.
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This page was filmed and wrote about in June and July and August, 2019