Help with a construction project on a bridge over water in Montana.

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Help with a construction project on a bridge over water in Montana.
Posted by boatmana on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:11 PM

Trying to find Engineer Specs on this bridge for an Engineer Spec analysis.  Anyone know where I would start my search?  


Thank you for the help


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Posted by Geared Steam on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:58 PM

Michael Sol continues to add more historical documents all the time, I would start here.

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:48 PM

My post to the "Abandoned Bridges" thread -

a few days ago: 

AREMA offers a 1-day course/ seminar on "Load Rating of Steel Railroad Bridges" from time to time.  It was just offered at the Indianapolis conference in Sept. (and last year at Orlando, too), but I don't see it listed under the current schedule: 

Inspection and rating of the things is a real specialty. 

More practically, I suggest finding a nearby rail-trail on an ex-MILW line that has a similar bridge - may even be in another state.  Contact the trail organization and find out who did the inspection and rating of the bridges for the trail - most funding agencies require that as a condition of providing the $, so it doesn't go to waste. 

Or contact any of the major consulting engineering firms, and see if they have a railroad bridge practice in the US Northwest.  After a few contacts you'll have some names and firms to approach to see if they're interested. 

- PDN. 

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Posted by samfp1943 on Sunday, October 15, 2017 8:28 AM

Geared Steam

Michael Sol continues to add more historical documents all the time, I would start here.


    Off Topic [Kinda]  Sigh      "Michael Sol "  A name that has not appeared in the 'FORUM' in quite a while!       Whistling

   On subject concerning the MILW, and its presence in the PNW; Michael Sol was at the center of all sorts of 'verbal fisticufs', defending and receiving all sorts of  ad hominem attacks, from all sides. He seemed to be able to give as good as he got.  Bang Head

     I'd bet Murphy Siding and Selector could add a lot to those stories;Yeah 'Battles Royal' , in some cases. They were really kept on their toes,Wow back then ?Whistling








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Posted by erikem on Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:06 PM

FWIW, Michael Sol's website has a LOT of data on the Milwaukee, much more complete than many Historical Society websites. The webiste has condensed profiles covering the who system, magzine articles, legal documents, etc. OTOH, other than the relevant condensed profiles or ICC valuations, I don't thnk there is anything that would be of direct help with the OP.

He was rather cantankerous in his posting style, but he also posted a lot of raw data (sometimes too raw, e.g. not taking inflation into account). Some of his most interesting posts were in regards to plans the Milwaukee had for new construction that were never or only partially carried out. I would have loved to have seen some of the detractors post as much detail in response (to be fair, Mark "Vermontanan" Meyers did put up a recent rebuttal to some of M. Sol's comments).

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