5 thoughts on “Union Ave Viaduct, 1916

  1. A continuance of the series previously posted, albeit out of sequence, concerning the construction of this viaduct. What is interesting here is we can clearly see the temporary “sho-fly” trestle previously constructed to carry existing trolley traffic past the work. I have no idea about the track panel that seems to have been displaced other than to note that it appears to be of rather flimsy construction, poor quality cross ties, and 40-50 pound rail. Where it came from or is intended to go is a mystery but it does have two short bars or rails laid across it to aid in moving it as a panel.
    Interesting photo.

  2. You don’t suppose, Rod, that that track panel is part of the track that will eventually be laid across the viaduct, do you? It does seem rather flimsy, although trolley track of the period, in Portland, was of “light rail” construction and would be problematical for years to come. It is really a wonderful image full of interesting things and amazing to see how rural the neighborhood was in 1916.

  3. @Tim. I agree that is the most likely end use, to be embedded in the roadway. Or perhaps it was merely to serve as a template, however considering the shoddy quality of the resulting trolley line maybe it was permanent. Perhaps some future posting will inform us.

  4. Rod, your mention of rail size reminds me of the 30 pound cast iron rails still found on Larch Mtn ex logging lines that I understand was replaced in Portland by steel.
    Also wonder if you are the same Rod that is knowledgable of Pierce Freight, a one time family employer.

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