These are the first pictures of the Ashtabula Bridge. It will be featured in a documentary "The Engineering Tragedy" on PBS. This bridge is a recreation of the Ashtabula Train bridge that collapsed in Ashtabula, Ohio on December 29, 1876 during a raging blizzard. In this town off the shores of Lake Erie, an all-iron railroad bridge collapsed sending a luxury train, The Pacific Express No. 5, plummeting 70ft into a frozen river. Of the172 souls that were on board, only 75 survived, most with serious injuries. Of the 97 who perished, 47 were identified, 50 were unidentifiable.

This unfortunate event helped pave the way for bridge safety and passenger list of today’s standards.
 
The Ashtabula Bridge will join the stone abutments, built in November, in Bloomsfeild Ohio were the documentry is being flimed.

 


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Don Hill
03/23/2013 19:27

The pedestal parts of the original bridge abutments that supported the iron structure are not there, will you be making those? They were flat hexagons and their bases are still intact at the location today. I have pictures:o)

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Don Hill
03/23/2013 19:33

I forgot about the old (pre-iron) bridge pedestals (in the period picture) that were there during and after the collapse. Those are rectangular and the bases still remain intact today as well.

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