A Bridge No More


This railroad bridge, built in 1925, over Rainier Ave is no more.  BNSF knocked it down last Saturday.  Apparently the tracks that come down from the port and reach over the valley where the Black River used to flow, and then go up to Bellevue along the East side of Lake Washington aren't necessary to carry freight anymore.  It's not needed for passenger use either because at the end of last month they dismanteled the dinner train and moved it down to Tacoma.  I had spotted some cars holding refuse from the dump on Beacon Coal Mine Road sitting on these tracks, but i guess they moved those up to the port.  Word has it that they will rebuild the tracks and make a new bridge over the Cedar to carry Boeing's fuselages from the their plant in Everett to their Renton facility.  For now, i guess these fuselages will come down from Everett along the East side of the lake ... that is until they turn that section into a trail.

From railroads around the Sound

Here is what it looks like today ...

I'll put some more pictures in this context in my album as time permits

Tags

  1. renton
  2. rainier ave
  3. bridges
  4. construction
  5. railroad
  6. bnsf

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