Michigan Central Railway Bridge

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Michigan Central Railway Bridge
Michigan Central Railway Bridge Niagara Falls 1.jpg
Bridge in Spring 2009
Coordinates 43°06′31″N 79°03′30″W / 43.1085°N 79.0584°W / 43.1085; -79.0584Coordinates: 43°06′31″N 79°03′30″W / 43.1085°N 79.0584°W / 43.1085; -79.0584
CrossesNiagara River
LocaleNiagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York
Maintained byCanadian Pacific Railway
DesignDeck arch bridge
Daily trafficnone

The Michigan Central Railway Bridge is a steel arch bridge spanning the Niagara Gorge between Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. The bridge was designed by William Perry Taylor, Chief Engineer J.L. Delming and consulting Norwegian-born engineer Olaf Hoff.[1]

Satellite view of the bridge, marked with an "A".

Construction on the bridge began in 1924, and the bridge opened in 1925. This bridge replaced the Niagara Cantilever Bridge that crossed in the same area from 1883 to 1925. The bridge was used briefly from October 1978 to January 31, 1979 by Amtrak's Niagara Rainbow service when it crossed into Ontario. The bridge is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, which purchased the single track structure in 1990. The bridge no longer carries train traffic as the tracks on the bridge and on the Canadian side have been removed. The tracks leading to the bridge end at Niagara Scenic Parkway but remain in certain sections.

There is currently a wall across the centre of the bridge that is topped with barbed wire to prevent people from walking across it. Additional barrier and barbed wire is located on the sides to prevent climbing on the steel arch sections. A wired fence blocks the east side (American) and another wall on the west side (in Canada). The Canadian corridor and bridge are owned by the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario and plans were to have had the bridge demolished by May 2012.[2]

As part of the revitalization of Main Street in Niagara Falls, NY, the bridge is scheduled to be dismantled and removed by May 2019[dubious ].

The bridge location is just upstream from the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge used by Maple Leaf Amtrak passenger trains.


  1. ^ Bjork, Kenneth Saga In Steel And Concrete - Norwegian Engineers In America (Northfield, Minnesota: Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1947)
  2. ^ http://www.niagarafrontier.com/bridges.html#b6

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Coordinates: 43°06′31″N 79°03′30″W / 43.108546°N 79.058368°W / 43.108546; -79.058368