Girder Bridge Question

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Mon Jul 22 10:38:09 EDT 2013

Harry -

In the 70s were the bridges pained silver or black ?


Paul Mandelkern
Winter Park, Florida

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Was the Norfolk and Western name painted on the sides ?


>From my recollection, in the 70's N&W began using mass produced

metal Pevler emblems to identify the railroad. In the era of merger-
mania, it was simpler to replace an emblem than to paint the bridge
with the name of the new company.

Incidentally, N&W initially found benefits in greasing bridges because
in blasting the old lead-based paint off, the maintenance people had
to capture every fleck of old paint to satisfy the EPA. Harry Bundy

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