Sunday, June 20, 2010

Railroad Bridge [Sunday Bridges]

The Railroad Bridge opened up for an approaching boat at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks---almost always referred to as the Ballard Locks in Seattle. It was my first visit to a lock and I was amazed at how it worked---boats travel from the salty Puget sound to the fresh waters of Salmon Bay, Lake Union, Portage Bay, Lake Washington and vice-versa. The locks were originally built in 1911 for coal and timber transportation.

waiting for a safe passage
August 2009

Posted for Sunday Bridges

19 comments:

Bonnie Bonsai said...

That's rather spectacular! So many unique bridge formations and evolutions they undergo to keep up the changing trend of times.

Thanks for the visit dear!

Louis la Vache said...

Excellent entry for Sunday Bridges. The bridge over these locks have been a favored entry both for Seattle bloggers and for those like yourself who have visited Seattle.
;-D

Oakland Daily Photo said...

We have draw bridges here but none with a span that long. Amazing engineering. Cool post for this meme.

reanaclaire said...

Beautiful pictures here!

greetings,
reanaclaire.com

Tash said...

Hi there! I love that bridge and have seen it recently while up in Seattle (and also entered it for Sunday Bridges). Your photos are just great! You got it while it was up.

VioletSky said...

This looks like a bridge one would never tire of photographing.

cieldequimper said...

Your shots complement the Seattleites shots so well!

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour!
wow I'm envious here, I have never seen a bridge like that in work , it's fabulous and your pictures and sequence are great, thanks so much for sharing!
I specially like the first shot, amazing!
Have a nice Sunday
Léia

Dave said...

a work of art!

Luckaa said...

Nice picture. Locks are interesting for watching!

Kaori said...

Great photos! The different angles of the bridge are fantastic :D

Kim said...

So fun to see my neighborhood bridge featured by a Manilla blogger! I was just at the locks yesterday and they are indeed fun. The railroad bridge actually stays up and open until a train wishes to go over, then it lowers. Next time you are in Seattle, look me up :-)
-Kim

Ann said...

They make horror movies with bridges like this.

Photo Cache said...

I like these types of bridge, but not when I'm waiting for the bridge to come back down.

ruma2008 said...

The bridge is attractive.

Thank you.
ruma

麗旺麗旺 said...

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.................................................................

Mo said...

I love watching locks here too.

backpacking philippines said...

read about my post on history of pasig bridges...it's pretty interesting

witsandnuts said...

This is an interesting feature. I've never seen something like this. But I'm sure it requires a lot of maintenance.