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Bridging the past
NORTH BEND - A historical bridge in North Bend will be getting some work to ensure it remains one of the longest serving bridges in the region.
The railroad bridge that spans the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, otherwise known as Bridge 35, will be getting $360,000 worth of repairs done in coming weeks.
The 160-foot long bridge was built by a Chicago iron works company called Lassig Bridge and Iron Works and placed over the Yellowstone River in Montana in 1891. The line the bridge was on, which was a mainline, started to get heavier train traffic and the bridge was removed in 1924 for a more sturdy one. The bridge, a through-pin connected Pratt truss, was able to be disassembled piece-by-piece and brought to North Bend to replace a wooden bridge that was over the South Fork.
"It was built kind of like an erector set," said Richard Anderson, executive director of the Northwest Railway Museum, the organization that owns the railroad line and is heading the restoration project.
Anderson said the bridge is the last of its kind in the Northwest and has been the longest-serving bridge in the area as well. When the line was sold to the Northwest Railway Museum for $10, less than a year passed of no service before trains were running on the line again.
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