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Bridges of The Sunset Route

May 7, 2008

The nice thing that sets Southern Pacific bridges from any of their competitors is their attention to detail. What would be a normal overpass is turned into an appealing testament to the espee’s pride in their railroad. You can find this Bridge on the highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco.  

Look at those awesome ceramic roundels! They’re untouched by time, vandals, and the weather somehow. Also note the railing between the spans, another nice touch. Another interesting feature of this bridge is that it has been built, like much of SP’s bay area bridges with expansion in mind, with an prebuilt foundation for a second bridge. Perhaps I’ve got this backwards, and there used to be another span there, that has been removed.

Another interesting bridge is found in Oakland, near downtown. This Bridge features not only the ceramic roundel, but the ornate leafy patter around it. It also looks like a couple of trucks have misjudged their height on this bridge before.. It might be an interesting thing to model, if you were to cast this from plaster.

 

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  1. December 22, 2008 3:48 pm

    Look at those awesome ceramic roundels! They’re untouched by time, vandals, and the weather somehow.

    I drove under that bridge heading south yesterday, and sadly, there is graffiti on the roundel on the center support that is closes to the southbound left lanes.

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