RailPictures.Net Photo: WPY 1 White Pass & Yukon Route Rotary Snow Plow at Skagway, Alaska by Kevin Madore
 
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White Pass & Yukon Route (more..)
Rotary Snow Plow (more..)
Bridge 18A (near MP 18) (more..)
Skagway, Alaska, USA (more..)
April 27, 2011
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WPY 1 (more..)
WPY Rotary Fleet (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
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Bound for White Pass! The White Pass & Yukon's Steam Rotary Fleet claws its way from Inspiration Point past the now derelict Bridge 18A, en route to the White Pass Summit and a battle with the snow drifts. The cantilevered bridge you see in front of you was built across the canyon in 1900. It towers 215 feet above the canyon floor and at the time of its construction, was the tallest cantilevered bridge in the world. It served the railroad until the late 1960s, when ore trains just got too heavy for it. At that time, the WP&YR built a more sturdy bridge over a shorter span of canyon just to the left and out of view of this photo. Unfortunately, there was a mountain on the other side of that new bridge, which necessitated boring a nearly 700 foot tunnel before the track could be reconnected to the old right-of-way that once served the bridge you see here. Although the trains now bypass the old bridge, it still stands proudly and is still a prominent part of the WP&YR Logo.
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