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Before the tornado destroyed the bridge, a tourist train made the bridge as the prime focus. I wasGreat article - Thanks for sharing it.
Re: "... there are numerous accounts of train crews that regularly hopped off their slow moving locomotive as it approached a high, untrustworthy trestle, allowing it to cross before they would then run across the bridge and jump back on." I still do that with bridges on the Interstate highway.
It wasn't only wooden trestles that collapsed. Kinzua bridge
I am sort of the same ... even though I flew planes for 40 years of my life! On a tall structure or even a rooftop, I would want to have one hand holding on to something - and my knees were "weak".Yes, as I am not good with heights, but I overcame that feeling. I didn't want to just sit in the car and shake!
Biggest beat down my younger brother ever got was when we crossed that bridge. Mom had a stick to whack 5 misbehaving kids in the back seat. She hated crossing that bridge, so my S.A. little brother popped off "what happens if the bridge breaks??" Mom turned around and started whacking, 'don't ever say that...don't you dare..." 45 years later it's funny.I like Mark and Sherrel have no problem being in an airplane, but walking on a bridge or on the roof of a tall buildings scares me. Driving over highway bridges I automatically slow down and hope to get over the bridge.
When I was young and on my Honda 500 I drove over a high bridge on Milwaukee's downtown interchange. I couldn't look down and the thought of the bike's front wheel running into a sewer grate crossed my mind. The worst is crossing Michigan's Mackinac Bride with its open grate center lanes and on our tall Honda 1500 Gold Wing and looking down over the bridge's railings to the water some 200 feet below. Longest five mile trips I've done were over that bridge drive down and back to Lower Michigan.
Please don't ask me about that bridge and driving over on motorcycle on windy day. Been there...done that!
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