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07.04.2014
As always, we get as much out of your in-process photos as we do the highly polished "all done" shots! Another 4-12-2 shot in Thomson canyon at the new signal bridge that protects the entrance to Hruban Junction. ATSF 3764 and ATSF 201C sit in Sousa City awaiting assignment while the Daylight rolls by in the background.
A pic of the holding fixture for removing the foil off of the back of the lens and a pic of a temporary install on an 81" nose for an SD40-2.
New South Wales Government Railways D50 Class 5085 on a stock train climbing a 1 in 40 grade on my BYLONG model railway.
Cape Central High PhotosKen Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University.
Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s. Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine.
The model above is one that was exhibited at a fair I covered in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. On December 15, 1967 at about 5PM the traffic signal at one end of the Silver Bridge turned red.
In less than a minute, all three spans of the bridge collapsed into the icy Ohio River, carrying with them all the cars, trucks, and people.


When I went through that area last summer, I looked for any remnants of the old Silver Bridge. James Baughn’s Bridgehunter website has more information on the bridge and its collapse. Actually, the Silver Bridge was a suspension bridge that was designed without any kind of redundancy: if any single part railed, like that eyebar, it was all over. Every time we crossed the old Mississippi River Bridge coming home to Cape in the last 15 years or more I would pray it was still sturdy enough to hold us. While the original photo was color, I immediately noticed that the B&W version looks much better. In other photos on that roll, you can still see cables and wires dangling down into the water. The rush hour traffic, together with the Christmas shopping traffic, completely occupied the main span of the bridge connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia with Kanauga, Ohio. The adjacent tower was subjected to an asymmetrical loading that caused it to rotate and allow the western span to twist in a northerly direction. The almost completed line was abandoned by the NSW state government in about 1949 with a number of bridges only needing the decks, track to be laid and it included about five finished tunnels. On that particular day, I was on a train about half-way to Cincinnati headed back to Cape for Christmas break. If the railroad bridge in the background is indicative of how well bridges were maintained in those days, it’s no wonder the bridge went down.


Suddenly a loud cracking sound was heard and one of the main towers began to twist and fall.
This span crashed down on the western shore, folding over on top of the falling cars and trucks. I still think about what it must have been like to have been stuck in that traffic jam nearly half a century ago. With a suspension bridge like the one over the Ohio River, a single point of failure could collapse the whole thing.
If you ever come back to our area, visit the Point Pleasant River Museum and check out the model and information they have on the silver bridge. My representation set in 1965 is not true to that planned but is more in keeping with my desires for more intensive operation than the prototype would have had. Rush hour collapse on 15 December 1967 resulted in 31 vehicles falling into the river, killing 46 and injuring 9. At one of the stops, a passenger got on and started spreading the word about a big bridge collapse in Point Pleasant. Loaded by the whole weight of the center span, which had now become unsupported on its western end, the east tower fell westward into the river along with the center span.



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