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Atchison Swing Bridge

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Through truss swing bridge over the Missouri River on the Union Pacific railroad at Atchison, Kansas. Built 1900. Open to rail traffic.

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Note: Yes, I have tinkered with this during postwork:)

Several of you have remarked that you'd like to see this bridge in its' open position. I would too. 75-100 years ago there was a great deal of river boat and barge traffic on the Missouri River. In the early 1950s the Army Corps of Engineers forced the river into a main channel and constructed large earthen dikes along the sides back a few hundred yards/meters. This prevents spring flooding but increases the river speed. River traffic has dwindled to almost nothing. Hence the bridge is opened only once in a blue moon...I've never seen it "swing" actually pivots open by turning 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise. The pivot point is directly below the little white watchman's shack. Today, a river boat would have to call ahead via radio or cell phone.
November 9, 2009
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Nov 9, 2009 9:28:36 pm
Fantastic shot!

Wow! Hard to tell at first, where the water line is. That is some reflection! :)(:

by kbrog Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 9:32:01 pm
Wow super capture Bill love the reflection in this it looks great, so does the bridge still swing.. would like to see one of it open.. Excellent work Bill glad you didn't use a filter on this ;-)

by bazza Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 9:32:29 pm
Glassy flow until the turbulence downstream of the large pivot cassion. Keen shot, Bill. I've seen this bridge, but somehow you've made it look far less rusty that I recall.

by drace68 Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 9:36:16 pm
Bill - a real beautful landscape and scene...!!!

by kenmo Online Now!   Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 10:14:29 pm
Gorgeous day for picture look this awesome reflections WOWWWW

by MagikUnicorn Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 10:20:02 pm
wonderful photo, with great reflection!!

by bimm3d Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 10:33:39 pm
the reflection is awesome . must be a treat to see operating

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 10:59:28 pm
What a spectacular picture! I agree with Richard the reflection is awesome not to mention the clouds and the lighting. The all conspire to make a superb photo.

by psyoshida Homepage »

Nov 9, 2009 11:04:23 pm
Awesome shot, Well done on the post work. Do you use PS?

by Hubba1 Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 12:36:01 am
Looks so calm and quiet with the water reflection.
That is great engineering, 109 years old and still working!

by cfulton Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 2:08:24 am
Well well well we might make a HDR fiend out of you yet Mr BM!!!!!!

by blinkings Online Now!   Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 2:31:00 am
The water is SO flat that it took me a while to understand what I'm seeing!

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 5:29:35 am
agree with durleybb
a very tricky reflection & lighting!

by prutzworks Online Now!   Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 7:01:26 am
fantastic capture!! reflexions are superb!!!

by flavia49 Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 7:35:40 am
Ohhh...Bill this is so cool. I love bridges lol Excellent:-)

by Rainastorm Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 7:58:41 am
Superb work Bill great light and reflections and tones

by danob Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 8:01:52 am
Awesome work Bill! Love this shot and your post work!

by THROBBE Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 8:44:46 am
Great shot and I like the postwork.

by kansas Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 8:53:00 am
Absolutely spectacular work. Whatever you did in postwork was perfect! This absolutely leaps off the screen.

by auntietk Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 9:26:08 am
Stunning image, bill. Your postwork is fantastic.

by Sea_Dog Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 10:28:30 am
Superb image Bill! I saw it 4am this morning when I couldn't sleep but words were not many that early in the morning! LOL... Excellent work and the reflection is awesome! Bravo! :)

by Meisiekind Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 11:19:17 am
amazing shot and postwork!!!

by sandra46 Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 11:52:09 am
Fantastic colors, reflections and perspective. Superb shot!

by Hendesse Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 1:46:41 pm
Yes indeed! Thanks I remember the day well.. You have done some tinkering! And I have to add, produced a far finer example than I posted a while back..
Great work bill..
Impressive indeed!

by debbielove Online Now!   Homepage »

Nov 10, 2009 2:44:57 pm
I love the reflection of this bridge over the water. Beautiful capture.

by jendellas Homepage »


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