Friday, October 30, 2009

American River Bridges: Union Pacific Bridge (3)

In just eleven days, Union Pacific managed to replace the 1440 ft long, fire damaged timber trestle structure with a precast concrete superstructure supported on two steel H pile bents with concrete bent caps.
The trestle carries two sets of railroad tracks on ballast.

Eleven days has to be a world's record for building a quarter-mile-long bridge. Union Pacific must have had all the material in a nearby yard. Even so, they must have had three or four pile driving units working at the same time to have driven 200 piles in a week. Then there was less than a week to install the bent caps, place the precast superstructure, put down the ballast, and lay down a quarter mile of track. There must have been so many workers, that its amazing they didn't get in each others' way!
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