Today, Ottawa Central trains going west
towards Arnprior or
Pembroke take the Beachburg subdivision from the junction with the
at Wass. They cross
It wasn’t always like this. The first to be built was the Renfrew line which was opened on 18 September 1893 as part of J.R. Booth’s
So far this is a pretty straightforward story. The connection was put in as the first in a
number of stages in the relocation of the railways of
In my title I refer to a “mystery”. Bridges are a valuable asset and when a bridge is removed, the railway will normally remove it for use elsewhere or sell it for scrap. However, in this case, the railway, or the NCC, removed the heavy side girders but left the central spacing portion upon which the rails are actually laid. This was moved and left in the bush close to the Beachburg subdivision, but some way away west of its original location. It is still there today. I would be curious to know why part of the original structure was moved and left in the area.
A view of the overbridge looking east towards
The remains of the bridge abandoned in the
on 18 November 2006. From a rough
measurement, this is the same size as the original bridge.
Central Railway, Spareboard, July 2008.
Malcolm Vant writes (December 2019)
It was Colin’s original article that led me to the spot to take more detailed photos which we shared and then the general consensus was this was way too light to be a railway bridge and was not the one from where the Renfrew Sub passed under the Beachburg.
That’s when Bruce Ballantyne and I started to look at the possibility it was used in the nearby quarry for something. It has a bridge-like structure with cross members tying the two side girders together all along its length and it appeared to have "ties" bolted to the top of it as one remains. There are pieces of rail on the ground around it.
The place it sits is on top of some rocks as though it was dragged there and there is no obvious gap it was spanning nearby.
Where and what it was used for remains a mystery