John Speller's Web Pages Montreal Railway Bridges

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Spanning the two-mile-wide St. Lawrence River near Montreal presented the railway engineer with quite a Herculean task. The Grand Trunk Railway's Victoria Bridge, built in 1854-59, was at the time of its construction the longest bridge in the world. Although it was in use for some months before that, it was officially opened by Prince Albert on 25 August 1860. Its engineer, Alexander M. Ross, solved the problem by making it a multi-section tubular bridge. He already had experience of this type of bridge a few years earlier, when he had assisted Robert Stephenson in the construction of the Britannia Tubular Bridge in North Wales. The Canadian Pacific Railway later built an equally impressive parallel structure.
The Grand Trunk Railway's Victoria Bridge, designed by Alexander McKenzie Ross (1805-1862), who had worked with Stephenson on the Britannia Tubular Bridge, was the world's longest bridge when it opened in 1859
The Victoria Bridge became the Victoria Jubilee Bridge in 1897 when the original tubes were replaced with modern steel spans. The original stone piers, designed to break up ice floes in the winter, are still intact
The Canadian Pacific Railway's Saint-Laurent Railway Bridge, near Montreal, as first built in 1886
The Canadian Pacific Railway's Saint-Laurent Railway Bridge today
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