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The Bridge Crane at Chaffey's Locks (Continued) 

This is the same location, only 40 years later in the early 1950s.  Note the red iron rust streaks down the side of the bridge pier.  The bridge is still in place, although the tracks were lifted in the early 1990s. 
The interesting part about this historical railway research is being able to put together a series of photographs taken by different people at the same time.  The building of the bridge at Chaffey's Locks is such an example.  Here are two photographs taken by someone else during that summer of 1912. 

These young people are sitting on the shore span that the bridge crane has just completed.   In the background, we get a head-on view of what the front of the bridge crane looks like.  Notice that the rails have only been spiked to every 5th tie and that there are no tie plates under the rails. 

 Here's a closeup of the front of the bridge crane.  Notice the two tackle blocks hanging from the two booms.  In its day, the bridge crane was the largest of this type of heavy equipment.  These last two photos are courtesy of the Lockmaster Museum, Chaffey's Locks.  If you're looking for a nice Sunday drive, Chaffey's Locks is one of the places to see. 
Don't go away!  There's more on the next pages. 

 
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