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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:2/4/2017 - 2/4/2017
Album Info:The ex Frisco bridge over the Arkansas River between Van Buren and Ft Smith being lowered in advance of an A&M excursion to Winslow.
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At the top
Title:  At the top
Description:  This is the ex Frisco bridge over the Arkansas River, seen from Lee Creek Park. It is in its usual up position, but will be dropping shortly for an excursion to Winslow, which is on its way from Ft Smith.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 2:55:33 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge
Locomotives: 
Views:  152   Comments: 0
Starting down
Title:  Starting down
Description:  The train is approaching, and the bridge starts down.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 2:59:27 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
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Views:  112   Comments: 0
Lower
Title:  Lower
Description:  Now the bridge is down a little more. No river traffic this morning, so it will be a quick ride for the excursion, which is almost at the bridge.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 3:22:12 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  105   Comments: 0
Close
Title:  Close
Description:  The bridge deck is almost at bottom.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 3:27:50 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  102   Comments: 0
Closer
Title:  Closer
Description:  The deck is almost completely down now, and the train can be seen just off the other end of the bridge.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 3:40:10 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  105   Comments: 0
Down
Title:  Down
Description:  The deck has completed its drop to track level, and the excursion is now crossing.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 3:42:08 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  123   Comments: 0
Made it across
Title:  Made it across
Description:  The northbound excursion is now coming off the bridge, which will return to the up positon til the train returns around 1500.
Photo Date:  2/11/2017  Upload Date: 2/16/2017 3:44:40 AM
Location:  Van Buren, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  AM 58(C420) AM 54(C420)
Views:  168   Comments: 2
Heading south
Title:  Heading south
Description:  I returned to the Fort Smith area the following Saturday to shoot the southbound excursion. Im in Ft Smith Park for this set. The train has pulled up on the bridge and is waiting for it to descend so it can get back to the station. It took a good 15 minutes for the bridge to start down. There was no river traffic during this time.
Photo Date:  2/18/2017  Upload Date: 2/25/2017 3:55:01 AM
Location:  Fort Smith, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AM 54(C420) AM 52(C420)
Views:  112   Comments: 0
Starting down
Title:  Starting down
Description:  Finally the horn sounded, and the lift span started down. Note the smashboards have lifted up as the structure descends.
Photo Date:  2/18/2017  Upload Date: 2/25/2017 3:57:07 AM
Location:  Fort Smith, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AM 54(C420) AM 52(C420)
Views:  100   Comments: 0
A little more
Title:  A little more
Description:  The bridge descent is now underway, but still a few more minutes til its ready for a train. The train still waits...
Photo Date:  2/18/2017  Upload Date: 2/25/2017 4:12:18 AM
Location:  Fort Smith, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AM 54(C420) AM 52(C420)
Views:  90   Comments: 0
Half way
Title:  Half way
Description:  The bridge descent continues, about half way there now.
Photo Date:  2/18/2017  Upload Date: 2/25/2017 4:14:01 AM
Location:  Fort Smith, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AM 54(C420) AM 52(C420)
Views:  107   Comments: 0
Down!!
Title:  Down!!
Description:  The Arkansas River bridge is down, and the excursion can finally make the last leg of the trip to the Ft Smith Trolley Museum to drop its riders.
Photo Date:  2/18/2017  Upload Date: 2/25/2017 4:19:48 AM
Location:  Fort Smith, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AM 54(C420) AM 52(C420)
Views:  104   Comments: 0
Coming across
Title:  Coming across
Description:  Now the bridge is down, the train is crossing, and will shortly be in Fort Smith to drop its passengers.
Photo Date:  2/18/2017  Upload Date: 2/25/2017 4:40:15 AM
Location:  Fort Smith, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AM 54(C420) AM 52(C420)
Views:  118   Comments: 1


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