DSC00776 – Chignecto Ship Railway Keystone Bridge by archer10 (Dennis)

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When walking over the bridge you would have no idea you were on it, it is totally covered with dirt and trees. I saw a small path that went down to the water so I followed it to get this shot. I feel it would make a great historical display if the trees etc. were removed and a small section of railways tracks installed (bring history to life).

Tidnish Bridge is a community on the interprovincial border with New Brunswick on the Tidnish River. Tidnish Bridge is home to the Chignecto Ship Railway Keystone Bridge and would have been the Baie Verte terminus.

The Chignecto Ship Railway was a historic Canadian portage railway.

With Canadian Confederation in 1867, a variety of canal-building projects were undertaken throughout the new country by the new federal government, including renewed interest in a canal that could transit the isthmus at Chignecto. The Chignecto Ship Railway project was first proposed in 1875 as a means to transport ships across the Isthmus of Chignecto, shortening the sailing distance between the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence by avoiding the necessity of sailing 930 kilometers (500 nautical miles) around Nova Scotia. A canal had been proposed for the isthmus but financing was proving difficult to secure. In 1882 the Chignecto Marine Transport Railway Company was incorporated as a federally chartered railway.

The ship railway was designed to carry vessels weighing up to 2000 tons with a proposed transit time of 2.5 hours. Ships would be carried on a cradle forming an extremely wide rail car that straddled parallel twin railway tracks, separated by 5.5 meters (18 ft) to the centre of each track.

By August 1891 work on the ship railway ground to a halt and would never restart.
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