Tuesday, June 17, 2008

V is for Vespra Crossing: ABC Wednesday


I learned only last summer of this beautiful old, arched, stone railroad bridge that crosses the Little Yoho Stream at Vespra, Sunbury County, NB. It probably would have been built circa 1868 -69 when the old European and North American Railway line was being built between South Bay, NB to the border at St. Croix, NB and Vanceboro, Maine. Built of stone, in the time period before bridges were made of iron and steel, the keystone, seen at the center top of the arch, held the bridge together, making these stone bridges very strong. I doubt if this beautiful arched bridge is visited often for it was not that easy to access. First we had walked down the railroad tracks but as the top of it is just appears as a flat railroad bed a person could very well not even know it was there, but even though we knew it was there, the embankments were too steep to descend.
Determined to find a way in, we returned to the highway and found where it crossed the Little Yoho Stream. As it was during the dryness of August, last summer, we were able to walk the distance, up the very dry stream bed to the arched bridge. The distance wasn't great and it was well worth the trek. Upon our return we could view the more modern version of a corregated steel arch that is under the highway where it crosses the Little Yoho Stream.
My appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place for hosting ABC Wednesday.

22 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

And there was I looking for a scooter crossing the water! LOL!

Awesome photography, the greenery is so intense!

ellen b said...

I'm glad you found a way in. The photographs are spectacular of this beautiful structure.

RuneE said...

That was a very nice bridge indeed - I didn't even know you had them in America! Make sure that it is taken good care of. It is cultural heritage indeed.

reader Wil said...

Such beautiful stone bridges did I see in England and Wales. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

picturing said...

beautiful v shots you have

My ABC in here Thanks

Juliana RW said...

nice view...

Mine in here at My Imaginary site. Thanks

Petunia said...

A very very beautiful place. That bridge looks so beautiful too:)

Petunia's ABC

John said...

Great set of photos!
Well done for the letter V.

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Beautiful photos for this weeks letter!

Have a nice wednesday.

leslie said...

I knew NB is famous for its covered bridges, but this was fascinating reading! :D

andrée said...

Those bridges are so artful and blend in harmony with the environment. Wonderful post.

Gary said...

Love the way the rocks in the stream on the first pic look as though they're resting in the reflected arch of the bridge - really great shot.
Very good 'V' post.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

babooshka said...

I too read vespa instead of vespa. Doh!What a pleasant surprise. Beautiful

Bear Naked said...

Just beautiful.
Thank you for taking the time to discover this wonderful small part of our country and taking the photos of it.

bobbie said...

How I miss the old days, when I could go exploring such places! This series of photos is just fantastic.

Daryl said...

How lovely ...

:-Daryl

Rose said...

Beautiful photos! This is quite a find--glad you found a way in.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful!

Neva said...

A very lovely photo.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent set of picture.. the top one with the reflection is really very good... glad I looked down.

Katney said...

How charming that little bridge is!--or maybe it only seems little.

Becky and Gary said...

Gorgeous shots. That old stone bridge is beautiful.

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