I see the last post on this topic was back in 2009. We drove out to the park today (April 20, 2011) to check progress of the rebuild. We were last here exactly a year ago, April 20, 2010. First, looking at the photos from both years, I can definitely tell you this has been a cold year. Last year the trees were nice and green. This year, on the same date, the trees are still just sticks and it was cold and wet.
There is a conceptual drawing showing how the platform will appear when the project is completed. It looks like they will be including a glass floor! That should be nice. There is also some actual track - or at least something that represents track.
Crews were busy placing new wood timbers (they look like long ties) on the deck and working at the end where the platform will be.
There is some new steel in the construction area, presumable materials for the platform.
It looks as if new guard rails have been installed along the first half of the structure.
I didn't see any reference to a planned completion date, but I suspect it will be open by summer.
I have a number of photos of this structure I took back in the 1980s, before the Knox and Kane began running their excursions over the bridge. If anyone is interested I can post them.
An active railroad crosses the road into the park. This is a Genesee & Wyoming line from Salamanca, NY. Both times we visited the park, we heard a train passing just as we walked into the park. We have yet to see a train on that line however, despite waiting for one.
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