N-0000.193.56.2 | G.T.R. Rivière Ouelle bridge, QC, about 1860

 
Photograph
G.T.R. Rivière Ouelle bridge, QC, about 1860
William Notman (1826-1891)
about 1860, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
7.3 x 7 cm
Gift of Mr. James Geoffrey Notman
N-0000.193.56.2
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

This bridge belongs to the family of beam bridges. The Grand Trunk Company, which was incorporated in 1852, built a large number of bridges during the 1850s. It erected the one you see here to enable trains to cross the Ouelle River.

The beam bridge is made up of beam that forms the span, which is supported by several piers. The piers of the Ouelle River Bridge have sharply protruding bases which enable them to break the ice packs brought downriver by the current.