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50 of Western Canada's
longest railway bridges


existing today (both active and abandoned) relative to Alberta railway bridges
and particularly to the Mintlaw viaduct
 major update with additions Apr. 2022

Photo descriptions and credits at bottom of page.
Unfortunately, there is no inventory of railway bridges in Canada, making it difficult to accurately determine where the longest or highest active or abandoned bridges are in the country. However, there are some significant bridges in Western Canada of note to compare to those in Alberta. This list is by no means complete so cannot be taken as a comprehensive list of the longest bridges in Western Canada. Bridges in Alberta highlighted. For highest bridges, see 28 Highest Bridges

Longest bridges

Lethbridge Viaduct 2015 - Pettypiece photo
1. Lethbridge Viaduct Alberta
- CPR, active, 1,624 m (5,331'), steel trestle
- Built 1908-09 over Oldman River by CPR

- longest and highest railway bridge in North America (known locally as the High Level Bridge - not to be confused with the High Level Bridge in Edmonton (see below)); longest and highest steel rail trestle in the world; CPR steel trestle 5,331 ft. (1,624 m) long; 314' (95.7 m) high; built 1908-09 over Oldman River on Crowsnest Pass line at cost of $1.3 million using travelling crane built on site; relocated route replaced several wooden trestles including one that was 2,933 ft. (894 m) long, reduced grade and was over 5 miles shorter than original route (built 1898); 33-tower bridge consists of 44-67' spans, 22-99' spans and 1-107' truss span; still in use - approx. 12 trains per day

2. John Fox Viaduct Mount Macdonald BC
- CPR, active, 1,229 m (4,032'), elevated deck steel girder and concrete piers
- Built 1985-87 by CPR

- 44 concrete piers; 45-27 m (89') steel spans. Located between Revelstoke and Golden on the east slope of the Selkirk Mountains in Glacier National Park near Rogers Pass. Part of Rogers Pass Project, an additional 34.8 km (21.6 mile) track alignment that was the largest CPR capacity expansion since the building of the transcontinental railway in the 1880s. The project included the 9-mile Mount Macdonald Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the Americas. The bridge is currently used mostly for westbound trains. Mountain subdivision of Revelstoke Division.

CP bridge Outlook Sask3. Outlook CPR Bridge, Saskatchewan
- CPR, abandoned, last train 1987, 916 m (3,004'), deck truss
- built 1912 over South Saskatchewan River by CPR

- Original bridge built in 1887 and rebuilt in 1912. 914 m (3,004') long, 46 m (150') high over the South Saskatchewan River; steel sections relocated from bridge over St. Lawrence River at Lachine, Quebec; includes 8 main spans of 74 m (242') each, 19 approach spans; became part of the Trans Canada Trail in 2004 and became known as Sky Trail - Canada's longest pedestrian bridge. However, structural issues have closed the bridge until remedied. Municipal Heritage Site 2014

Wapiti River Bridge near Grande Prairie - Vavrek photo
4. Wapiti River near Grande Prairie Alberta
- CNR, active, 853 m (2,800'), steel trestle
- Built 1968-69 over Wapiti River by ARR

- 2nd longest steel trestle in Canada; approx. 853 (2,800 ft.) long steel bridge; 58 m (190 ft.) high; built 1968 by Alberta Resources Railway; opened 1969; taken over by CNR 1994, 1-2 trains per day

5. Fabyan Viaduct near Wainwright Alberta

- CNR, active, 846 m (2,775'), steel trestle

CNR Fabyan Viaduct near Wainwright 2015 - Pettypiece photo- Built 1907-08 over Battle River by GTP
- 3rd longest steel trestle in Canada. 846 m (2,775 ft.) long; 59 m (195') tall; built 1907-08 over Battle River by Grand Trunk Pacific; originally about 130' longer but earth filled on one end to reduce length; 26 steel towers; first train 1909; rest area nearby; scene of derailment in January 2012; still in use by CN as part of east-west main line linking Winnipeg with Edmonton

6. Fraser River CNR Bridge, Prince George, BC
- CNR, active, 810 m (2,659'), combination road and rail truss
- Built 1914-15 over Fraser River by GTP

- Longest rail bridge in B.C. Combination road and rail truss bridge over Fraser River, 810 m (2,659 feet) long, is still an active CNR structure with a bascule vertical lift span and 12 through truss spans.  Center lift span ceased being used in early 1920s and was fixed in place in 1954

High Level Bridge Edmonton June 1913 - Alberta Archives7. High Level Bridge at Edmonton Alberta
- CPR, abandoned as rail bridge 1989, now vehicles and trolleys only, last train 1989, 777 m (2,550'), steel truss & steel trestle
- Built 1913 over North Saskatchewan River by CPR as combination road and rail bridge

- CPR steel truss (with trestle component) bridge 777 m (2,550 ft.) long; 48 m (157 ft.) tall; built 1911-1913 over North Saskatchewan River linking downtown Edmonton with south bank (old Strathcona); total of 28 spans - 3-288' Pratt trusses, 7-96' Pratt trusses, 6-47' long spans with steel trestle towers on south side for 282' of total bridge (about 11% of length), 2-130' Warren trusses, 4 central concrete piers set in river bed; upper level used for trains between 1913 and 1989 as well as trams (streetcars) between 1913 and 1951; lower level used for vehicle and pedestrian traffic that continues today; tram runs periodically during summer on upper level since 1997 by Edmonton Radial Railway Society; Great Divide Waterfall 1980; bridge now owned by Province of Alberta; Municipal Historic Resource

Rochfort Bridge near Mayerthorpe 2012 - Trevor Sokolan

8. Rochfort Trestle near Mayerthorpe Alberta

- CNR, active, 736 m (2,414'), timber trestle
- Built 1914 over Paddle River and Hwy.43 by CNoR

- Longest wood trestle in North America; 736 m (2,414 ft.) long, 33.5 m (110 ft.) tall; built by Canadian Northern Railway; periodic upgrades; two short portions replaced by steel, one over Highway 43 (the Alaska Highway); still in use periodically by CN


9. New Westminster Bridge (Fraser River Swing Bridge), BC
- Government of Canada, active, 732 m (2,400') operated by CNR, combination road and rail
- Built 1904 over Fraser River

- Trackage rights CPR, Southern Railway of BC, BNSF, Amtrak and Via Rail. Connects New Westminster with Surrey BC, originally built with two decks (lower deck for trains, upper deck  for vehicles). Upper deck removed in 1937. 4 spans

10. Second Narrows Rail Bridge BC
- CNR, active, 663 m (2,175'), built 1968 over Burrard Inlet Vancouver
- Vertical lift 500' span and 7 Pratt through truss approach spans. One of longest lift spans in Canada. Replaced original 1925 Second Narrows bridge designed for trains and vehicles with Bascule draw bridge and center lift span connects Vancouver with the North Shore.

11. Mintlaw Viaduct south of Red Deer Alberta

Mintlaw Viaduct near Red Deer - Pettypiece photo- CPR, abandoned 1983, last train 1981,
   644 m (2,112'), steel trestle
- Built 1911-12 over Red Deer River by ACR

- Longest bridge in Central Alberta; 2nd longest CPR steel trestle of its type in Alberta at 644 m (2,112 ft.) long; 33.5 m (110 ft.) tall;
4th longest steel trestle of any railway in Alberta; 3rd longest CPR bridge in Alberta still standing although only the one in Lethbridge is still active as a rail bridge. Length includes 2 truss spans over river with wood trestle abutments on each end; bridge includes 15-75' spans, 15-45' spans and 2-150' truss spans; built 1911-12 over Red Deer River by Alberta Central Railway/CPR; last train 1981, abandoned 1983; purchased by Red Deer County 2009 for $1 as a heritage site, important landmark and part of possible future recreational trail; former Alberta Central subdivision
more about the Mintlaw Bridge and Alberta Central Railway

Meikle River bridge 2013 - Malcolm Millar bridge
12. Meikle River Bridge
- CNR, active, 610 m (2,000'), steel trestle
- Built 1969 over Peace River by GSLR

- Steel trestle built by the Great Slave Lake Railway, operated and now owned by Canadian National Railways, built 1969 about 90 miles north of Peace River. Line sold to RailLink in 1998 and bought back by CN in 2006.

13. Nipawin Crooked Bridge, Saskatchewan
- CPR, active, 581 m (1,907'), Built 1929-30 over Saskatchewan River by CP, combination road and rail
- Double deck steel trestle and deck truss bridge with 16 ft. roadway on level beneath tracks built in 1929-30 by CPR over Saskatchewan River at Nipawin in northeast Saskatchewan.
Monarch Trestle 2013 - Chris Doering photo
14. Monarch Trestle Alberta

- CPR, active, 576 m (1,890'), steel trestle
- Built 1908-09 over Oldman River by CPR

- over Oldman River, 576 m (1,890 ft.) long; 45.7 m (150 ft.) high; west of Monarch on Crow's Nest line built 1908-09 (same line as Lethbridge Viaduct)

15. Mission Rail Bridge, BC
- CPR, active, 533 m (1,750')
- Built 1909 over Fraser River by CPR to replace 1891 bridge built by CPR

- active CPR 14-span 533 m (1,750-foot) bridge with active swing span with 4.9 m clearance when closed over Fraser River; bridge links Mission and Abbotsford BC

Peace River Bridge - Tim Swaren photo16. Peace River Rail Bridge Alberta
- CNR, active, 529 m (1,736'), steel truss
- Built 1918 over Peace River by CCR

- over Peace River at town of Peace River, 529 m (1,736 ft.); built 1918 by Central Canada Railway (later part of Northern Alberta Railways); 11 spans - 2-70' deck plate girders, 2-80' deck plate girders; 6-200' deck trusses, 1-200' through truss; still in use by CNR

Clover Bar Bridge CNR near Edmonton - Trevor Solokan photo17. Clover Bar Rail Bridge at Edmonton Alberta
- CNR, active, 504 m (1,655'), truss, trestle and concrete
- Built 1907-08 over North Saskatchewan River by GTP

- Sometimes referred to as the Beverly Bridge before Beverly traffic bridge opened in 1953 over North Saskatchewan River at east Edmonton, 504 m (1,655 ft.) long, 42 m (138 ft.) high; built 1907-08 iron truss with concrete piers and trestle towers by Grand Trunk Pacific

18. Uno CNR Bridge, near Russell, Manitoba
- CNR, active, 467 m (1,533'), steel trestle
- Built 1929 by CNR over Minnewashtack Creek to replace 1,573' timber bridge built in 1907 by GTP

- near Russell, Manitoba; 467 m (1,533 feet) long over Minnewashtack Creek, 35 m (115 ft). high; original timber bridge built by Grand Trunk Pacific; NNR main line with approx. 24 trains/day

19. Fenton CNR Bridge, Saskatchewan south of Prince Albert
- CNR, active, 465 m (1,527'), steel truss
- Built 1982 by CNR over South Saskatchewan River to replace timber bridge built in 1906 by CNoR

- originally built in 1906 by Canadian Northern as a timber bridge over the South Saskatchewan River near Prince Albert, it was rebuilt in 1982 by Canadian National with the centre section replaced by 5 steel truss spans each 93 m (225 feet) for a total length of 465 m (1,527 feet) long; CPR has trackage rights; still active

20. Grand Trunk Bridge Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- CNR, active, 457 m (1,500'), steel truss
- Built 1908 over South Saskatchewan River by GTP

- built by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (forerunner of Canadian National Railways); steel truss bridge 457 m (1,500 feet) long over South Saskatchewan River; part of CN main line between Winnipeg and Edmonton; links downtown with railyard.

Beaver River Bridge near Grand Centre

21. Beaver River Bridge near Grand Centre Alberta

- CNR, abandoned 1999, rail trail, 450 m (1,485'), timber trestle
- Built 1931, re-built 1950 over Beaver River by CNR
- combination timber trestle, truss and girder 450 m (1,485 ft.) long; 59 m (195 ft.) tall, built around 1950 by Canadian National Railways, abandoned 1999. Now part of the Iron Horse Trail section of the Trans Canada Trail

22. McCloy Creek Bridge, Meskanaw, Saskatchewan
- CNR, abandoned 1981, last train 1979, 406 m (1,333'), timber trestle
- Built 1929 over McCloy Creek by CNR

- Canadian National Railways 406 m (1,333 feet) bridge over McCloy Creek; Saskatchewan's longest wooden trestle; abandoned between 1979 and 1981; 15' m (49 ft.) high; Maskunow is Cree for Trail

23. St. Louis GTP Bridge Saskatchewan
- CNR, abandoned 1983, 381 m (1,250'), steel truss
- built 1914-15 over South Saskatchewan River by GTP

- 5 steel trusses, 100' center span Pratt truss to allow for river traffic, traffic attachments 1928, rail abandoned 1983, bridge closed to traffic 2014, currently historic landmark south of Prince Albert

24. Ardley Bridge north of Delburne Alberta
- CNR, active, 366 m (1,200'), steel truss
- Built 1911 over Red Deer River by GTP, re-built 1955 by CNR

CNR Ardley Bridge 2011 - Pettypiece- CNR wood and steel trestle built 1911 by Grand Trunk Pacific over Red Deer River; originally 457 m (1,500 ft.) long; 48 m (158 ft.) tall. With fill at each end, current length closer to 366 m (1,200 ft.). Bridge washed out in mid-1910s and centre portion was replaced with 2 steel towers and 3 steel spans. It washed out again in 1952; rebuilt and reopened in 1955; bridge replaced with 6 steel towers and 3 steel truss spans with wood trestle on each end. Located near Delburne on Three Hills subdivision of the Edmonton-Calgary line, now the only Canadian National Railway link between the two major Alberta cities. 2-4 trains daily.

25. Columbia River CPR Bridge at Revelstoke, BC
- CPR, active, 342 m (1,122'), deck plate steel truss
- Built 1968 (4th bridge) over Columbia River by CPR

- active CPR bridge across the Columbia River 342 m (1,122 feet) long. Original bridge was timber built in 1885. Second bridge built around 1887, third 1907. Current 1968 bridge has four 150' deck plate girders and seven 75' deck plate girders. Shuswap sub

26. CPR Bridge Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- CPR, active, 341 m (1,120'), steel truss
- Built 1908 over South Saskatchewan River by CPR

- Canadian Pacific Railway bridge over South Saskatchewan River on secondary line between Winnipeg and Edmonton; original temporary timber bridge built in 1907 at 1,252 feet long, new 1908 bridge includes 8 steel truss spans of 125 feet on concrete piers and is now listed at 341 m (1,120) feet likely due to some fill at either end; height 19.5 m (64 ft.); bridge includes pedestrian walkway built 1909.

27. Canadian Northern Bridge, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
- Carlton Trail Railway since 1997, active, 341 m (1,119'), combination road and rail steel truss
- Built 1909 over North Saskatchewan River by CNoR

- built by Canadian Northern Railway as combination rail and road bridge; 341 m (1,119 foot) long 7-span truss bridge including 3-146' spans, 2-156' spans and a 256' swing span over North Saskatchewan River; swing span ceased operating 1939; road portion closed 1960; operated by Carlton Trail shortline Railway (OmniTRAX) since 1997; CTR also has functional turntable and roundhouse

28. Medicine Hat Bridge Alberta
- CPR, active, 298 m (977'), steel truss
- Built over South Saskatchewan River by CPR

- Originally a single track truss bridge built in 1883-84 over South Saskatchewan River; rebuilt using portions of the original stone pylons and twinned in early 1900s; CPR 2-150' Warren through truss spans and 6 approach through girder spans; 298 m (977') total length

29. South Thompson River Bridge at Kamloops BC
- CNR, active, 285 m (935'), plate girder with swing span,
- Built 1927 over South Thompson River by CNR

- 5 deck plate girder, 4 through plate girder, 1 208' through truss swing span. Okanagan sub

30. Anderson Creek/River Bridge near Boston Bar, BC
- CNR, active, 279 m (914'), steel trestle
- Built 1914 over Anderson Creek in the Fraser Canyon by CNoR

- Canadian National curved steel trestle 279 m (914 ft.) long, 34 m (112 ft.) high in Fraser Canyon 17 deck plate girder spans on 8 steel towers

31. Entwistle Bridge west of Edmonton Alberta

- CNR, active, 280 m (910'), steel trestle
- Built 1908-10 over Pembina River by GTP

- 5th highest railway bridge in Western Canada; CNR steel trestle 280 m (910 ft.) long; 65 m (214') tall; built 1910 over Pembina River by Grand Trunk Pacific. Bridge was pre-fabricated in Scotland. Located approx. 95 km west of Edmonton on CN main line between Edmonton and Vancouver; ave. 20 trains per day.

32. Lytton CNR Fraser River Bridge, BC
- CNR, active, 265 m (869'), steel truss
- Built 1914 over Fraser River by CNoR (one of 2 crossings in Lytton area)

- CNR deck truss bridge 265 (869 feet) long and 45 m (148 feet) high over Fraser River on main CNR main line between Edmonton and Vancouver; 4 deck plate girder and 3 deck truss spans; CNR and CPR operate on each side of the river and generally co-operate with directional running

33. The Pas Hudson Bay Bridge, Manitoba
- CNR, active, 259 m (850'), steel truss
- Built 1910 over Saskatchewan River by Hudson Bay Railway

- built by Hudson Bay Railway (a subsidiary of the Canadian Northern Railway) 6-span steel truss 259 m (850 feet) long in total; still in use

34. Cisco (Siska) CNR Fraser River Bridge south of Lytton, BC
- CNR, active, 247 m (812'), steel truss and steel arch
- Built 1915 over Fraser River and CPR by CNoR (one of 2 crossings in Lytton area)

- 425' steel truss arch span (partially orange), 6 deck plate girder spans for total of 247 m (812 feet) long, 67 m (220 feet) high over Fraser River south of Lytton; in close proximity to Cisco CPR Bridge; CNR and CPR operate on each side of the river and generally co-operate with directional running. The 2 railways exchange sides at this point.

35. Prairie Creek (Maskuta) Bridge near Hinton Alberta
- CNR, active, 245 m (802'), steel trestle
- Built 1911 by GTP over Prairie Creek, abandoned 1916, rehabilitated 1927 by CNR

- Originally built by Grand Trunk Pacific in 1911, the bridge was closed in 1916 during World War I in order to use the steel rail for the war effort, the 245 m (802') long and 30 m (98') high steel trestle was rehabilitated in 1927 after being taken over by Canadian National Railways to become part of the main line to the west coast. During that time, rail traffic was diverted to the parallel Canadian Northern Railway. The steel trestle bridge consists of six 50' long girder sections and 7-70' girder sections; used by Via Rail.

36. West Fork Canyon Creek Trestle, near Kelowna, BC
- CPR, abandoned, last train 1973, 221 m (726'), steel trestle
- Built 1930 over Pooley Creek by CPR to replace 1924 bridge built by KVR

- abandoned curved 221 m (726') long and 55 m (180') high 12-span steel trestle built by Canadian Pacific in 1930 at Pooley Creek to replace wooden trestle on Kettle Valley Railway built in 1914. Last train 1973. Longest and highest of 18 trestles that collectively span over 1,372 m (4,500') in Myra Canyon; used in filming of Pierre Burton's 'National Dream' TV series; purchased by BC government 1990. Twelve of the wooden trestles were destroyed by forest fire in 2003, the same year they were designated as a National Historic Site. The timber bridges were all rebuilt by 2008. One of the original sections of the Trans Canada Trail. Also known as Trestle #6.

37. North Saskatchewan River Bridge at Rocky Mountain House Alberta
North Saskatchewan River Bridge at Rocky Mountain House 1940 - RD Archives
- CNR, active, 220 m (720'), steel truss and trestle
- Built 1911-14 over North Saskatchewan River by ACR

- 220 m (720') long, approx 16 m (52') high; combination trestle, truss and girder with concrete piers including 3-75' spans, 3-45' spans and 2-150' truss spans; built 1911 by Alberta Central Railway/CPR; leased to Canadian Northern Western Railway/CNR; opened 1914; still in use by CNR; Brazeau subdivision

38. Low Level Bridge Edmonton Alberta
- CNR, now vehicles only, last train 1948, 213 m (699')
- Built 1900-02 over North Saskatchewan River by CNoR

- 699' long Canadian Northern 3-span truss bridge built 1900; rails added in 1902 and removed 1948; twinned and continues to be used for vehicle traffic

39. Stoney Creek (Macdonald Track) Bridge BC
- CPR, active, 210 m (700'),
- Built 1986-88 by CPR

- 7 spans. Located 150 m (500') below the Stoney Creek (Connaught track) Bridge between Revelstoke and Golden on the east slope of the Selkirk Mountains in Glacier National Park near Rogers Pass. Part of Rogers Pass Project, an additional 34.8 km (21.6 mile) track alignment that was the largest CPR capacity expansion since the building of the transcontinental railway in the 1880s. The project included the 9-mile Mount Macdonald Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the Americas. The bridge is currently used for heavier westbound trains at a 1% grade while lighter eastbound trains use the steeper (2.2% grade) and older Stoney Creek (Connaught Track) bridge. Mountain subdivision of Revelstoke Division.

40. Rivers CNR Bridge, Manitoba
- CNR, active, 208 m (684'), built 1909 by GTP
- near Brandon over Minnedosa (Little Saskatchewan) River, 208 m (684 feet) long, 27.7 m (91 feet) high.

41. Burbank Bridge near Blackfalds Alberta
CNR Blindman River bridge at Burbank 2021 - Pettypiece- CNR, active, 190 m (620'), steel truss
- Built 1910 over Blindman River by CNWR

- originally a wood trestle north of Red Deer built by Canadian Northern Western Railway over Blindman River 1910; replaced by steel truss bridge with wooden trestle ends; two center spans supported by concrete towers; original length unknown; with considerable fill, current length around 190 m (620 ft.), est. height 36 m (118'); still in use by CNR, Brazeau subdivision

CNR wood trestle at Briggs ravine 2011 - Pettypiece
42. Briggs Bridge near Red Deer Alberta
- CNR, active, 200 m (656'), timber trestle
- Built 1910 over ravine by CNWR

- wood trestle northwest of Red Deer built by Canadian Northern Western Railway 1910; originally about 820 ft. but after earth infill is currently around 200m, still in use by CNR, Brazeau subdivision

43. Kinsol Trestle, BC
- CNR, abandoned 1980, 188 m (617'), curved timber trestle
- Built 1920 over Koksilah River by CNR
- also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, it is one of the world's largest all-wooden trestles. Located on Vancouver Island near Shawnigan Lake, 188 m (617 feet) long, 44 m (145 feet) high, last train was in 1979. Rehabilitated in 2011 and is now part of Trans Canada Trail

44a. Athabasca Bridge at Solomon Creek near Hinton Alberta
- CNR, active, 183 m (600'), deck girder
- Built 1927 over Athabasca River by CNR

- CNR bridge over Athabasca River at Solomon Creek built 1927 to connect former Canadian Northern and Grand Trunk Pacific lines near Jasper Park close to small community of Entrance.

44b. Mountain Creek Bridge BC
- CPR, active, 183 m (600'), concrete beam on steel tower
- Built 1978 in Beaver River valley Connaught track by CPR

- 3rd structure at this location between Revelstoke and Golden on the east slope of the Selkirk Mountains in Glacier National Park near Rogers Pass. This bridge is 183 m (600') long, 41.5 m (136') high replacing a similar length steel truss and girder structure built in 1902. Original 1885 bridge was 331 m (1086') long, 50 m (164') high - at the time one of the longest timber trestles in the world. (Some sources suggest that the original bridge was longer (1200') and higher (175'-300') but these dimensions seem unlikely). Mountain sub   

46a. Heart River Bridge at Peace River Alberta
- CNR, active, 180 m (590'), steel trestle
- Built 1916 over Peace River by CCR

- Former Northern Alberta Railways steel trestle prior to CNR purchase, it was built in 1916 by Central Canada Railway. 180 m (590'), 45 m (146') high. 11 short (45') plate girder spans and 115' deck truss

46b. Thompson CNR Bridge near Lytton, BC
- CNR, active, 180 m (590'), steel deck truss
- deck truss bridge 590 feet long over Thompson River

48. East Coulee Coal Bridge Alberta
- CPR, abandoned, 165 m (540'), timber truss
- Built 1936 over Red Deer River by CPR

- CPR timber Howe truss combination rail and road bridge over Red Deer River; used by both CPR and CNR to serve Atlas and Monarch coal mines; 540'; 4 spans; originally built in 1936; damaged by ice, flood and intentional blast in 1948 and rebuilt to same design; last of its kind still standing (barely) similar to original Calgary & Edmonton Railway bridge at Red Deer; abandoned in the mid 1970s and is currently in poor condition waiting for possible restoration

49. Cisco CPR near Lytton, BC
- CPR, active, 159 m (520'), steel truss
- active CPR 3-span truss bridge 520 feet long over Fraser River

50. Stoney Creek (Connaught Track) Bridge BC
- CPR, active, 148 m (486'), steel truss arch bridge 
- Built 1893-94 (strengthened 1929) over Stoney Creek by CPR 
- Second highest, at 84 m (275') (only Lethbridge Viaduct higher), and most picturesque bridge on CPR located between Revelstoke and Golden on the east slope of the Selkirk Mountains in Glacier National Park near Rogers Pass. Additional truss arches positioned beside the existing 102 m (336') arch strengthened the bridge in 1929. Deck plate girders replaced the original deck lattice girders at the same time in order to handle heavier trains. The bridge replaced the original 1884 timber Howe truss bridge which at the time was the highest timber bridge ever built at approx. 90 m. On a 2.2% grade, the bridge is currently used for mostly lighter eastbound traffic while heavier westbound trains use the newer Stoney Creek (Macdonald Track) bridge built in 1988, 150 m (500') lower in the ravine. Located on the east slope of the Selkirk Mountains on the Mountain subdivision of Revelstoke Division.

Some of the highest significant bridges of Western Canada can be found here.

Other bridges of note:

CPR Bridge at Red Deer Alberta
former CPR bridge at Red Deer 2009 - Paul Pettypiece photo
- CPR, abandoned 1991, 137 m (450'), steel truss
- Built 1908 over Red Deer River by CPR

- two 150' steel truss spans and 150' wooden trestle across Red Deer River built in 1908 to replace the wooden truss bridge of 3-100' spans that had been built in 1891; abandoned with rail relocation in 1991; preserved as part of walking and bicycle trail and designated as both a municipal and provincial historic resource; currently in use as part of Trans Canada Trail.

Note: there is the remnants of another bridge in northern Manitoba, the Port Nelson bridge, 2,380 ft. long, consisting of 17 truss spans, each 140' long. It was built in 1917 as part of the proposed Hudson Bay Railway across the Nelson River. Port Nelson was abandoned in 1927 in favour of Churchill as the preferred port and the northern terminus of the railway. Although much of the bridge is still standing, it has deteriorated to the point of no longer being intact in a number of places.

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Significant rail bridges in rest of Canada:
Salmon River Valley Trestle near Grand Falls NB 3920 ft. long, 195 ft. high (51 spans)

International Bridge Buffalo NY-Fort Erie Ont. 3652 ft. long (1,113 m)
Victoria Bridge at Montreal built by GTR 1859 2,009 m

Photo descriptions and credits:
1. CPR Lethbridge Steel Viaduct (Paul Pettypiece 2015);
3. CPR Outlook Saskatchewan (railtrail) (source unknown);
4. CNR Wapiti River Bridge near Grande Prairie (William Vavrek);
5. CNR Fabyan Steel Viaduct near Wainwright (Paul Pettypiece 2015);
7. CPR High Level Bridge Edmonton 1st train June 1913 (vehicles & trolley only) (Provincial Archives Alberta);
8. CNR Rochfort Timber Trestle near Mayerthorpe (Trevor Sokolan 2012);
11. ACR/CPR Mintlaw steel trestle near Red Deer (abandoned) (Paul Pettypiece 2012);
12. CNR Meikle River bridge near Peace River (Malcolm Millar 2013);
14. CPR Monarch Steel Viaduct over Oldman River (Chris Doering 2013);
16. CNR Peace River Bridge at town of Peace River (Tim Swaren);
17. CNR Clover Bar Bridge over North Saskatchewan River near Edmonton (Trevor Solokan);
21. CNR Beaver River Bridge near Grand Centre (railtrail) (source unknown);
24. CNR Ardley bridge over Red Deer River north of Delburne (Paul Pettypiece 2011);
37. CPR/CNR bridge over North Saskatchewan River at Rocky Mountain House 1940 (Red Deer Archives);
41. CNR Blindman River bridge at Burbank near Red Deer and Blackfalds (Paul Pettypiece 2011);
42. CNR timber bridge at Briggs ravine near Red Deer (Paul Pettypiece 2011);
48. CPR East Coulee timber bridge (abandoned) (Massey Jones 1984)
Of note
CPR Red Deer River Bridge at Red Deer now part of Trans Canada Trail (railtrail) (Paul Pettypiece 2009);


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