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Historically, railway bridges were built of  heavy timbers, Iron or Stone. 
During the early 1900's, Concrete, a new medium, combined with metal reinforcing rods proved to be an ideal material for bridge construction. Concrete provided flexibility in forming shapes and was strong, durable and required minimal maintenance.  

The Lackawana Cut off in NJ, Flaglers line to Key West and the James River Bridge projects were among the earliest major projects to rely on poured concrete, portland cement.
 

THE JAMES RIVER BRIDGE, built 1902'

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The Historic "James River" Bridge design and contruction was a collaboration between the ACL- Atlantic Coast Line and the RF & P - Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac railroads. Objective was to provide a seamless route around the city of Richmond, VA for the endless parade of passenger & perishables trains running between the Northeast and Florida.
 


A section of "James River" Bridge in HO scale, two "J"s and a Y class loco & canteen car  airborne over the river! Brave engineers should receive pilots pay!

MASSIVE, HO Scale model of the James River Bridge
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Height and width are correct compare to the prototype.

ACL/RF&P James River Bridge, Commissioned 1902'
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BIG CSX AC UNITS LUGGING SOUTH BOUND COAL

The "James"  design at half scale arch height with HO Passenger train. Design is massive, even at half size for smaller layouts.  

 

THE "JAMES RIVER BRIDGE IS A MASSIVE STRUCTURE
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A section of bridge enduring a foul weather test!

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James bridge, six arches & approach culvert.
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