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The Roberval Saguenay concrete bridge, probably constructed in the 1950s; when the deck of the old structure partly seen under the arch, became inadequate to support heavier loads. The advantage of this type of bridge is that it is extremely solid and requires low maintenance.
Note the very heavy and reinforced bridge abutment. The old bridge in the foreground might have been constructed as early as 1909, when the Ha! Bay Railway Company was formed; the ancestor of the present Roberval Saguenay Railway originally carried steam locomotives and possibly linked by rail with another bridge (featured on this page) in the Chicoutimi Basin, where a pulp mill operated , ferrying pulp from the Chicoutimi mill to La Baie, about 20 miles away, using among others 0-4-0 Tank Locomotive 15, featured at In 1925, Alcan opened an aluminum plant in the area, purchased the RSR and extended the track from Arvida (now Saguenay) to the deep water port at La Baie, now transporting bauxite ore.
The replacement of the bridge would mean the loss of an important piece This view, dated June 1974 shows a couple of diesels providing the link between Montréal and Chicoutimi, about 140 miles north of Québec in the region now called Ville de Saguenay, now composed of the former towns of Jonquière, Chicoutimi and La Baie.
CN and then VIA provided service dating back to almost the beginning of the 20th Century, until 1987, when VIA closed the downtown Chicoutimi station (see my station page).
This view was taken through the front cab of an RDC during a railway fantrip in the mid 70s.
Our train is about to pass through an old iron bridge at Fort Coulonge QC (west of Ottawa in Pontiac County) and will let us out on the other side while the train backs up for a runpast on the bridge.
Fort Coulonge is named after Nicholas d'Ailleboust, Sieur de Coulonge, who formed a settlement near there in 1694-95.In July 1996, one of the many dams burst, sending 11 times its usual flow into the basin and flooding the entire area but the old bridge survived and was turned into a bicycle path during reconstruction.Montréal - Chicoutimi in the 1970s, was a lonely 318-mile ride with only day coach seating and no diner, as the train traversed a provincial park for at least 200 miles.Then everyone re-board and makes ready for the next runpast at another historical place where it's safe for for all to stand trackside.This old iron truss railway bridge carried the Pontiac Pacific Junction railway over the Coulonge River until 1902, and then the CPR until 1978.