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The Train at the End of the World, Ushuaia

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One of the better known attractions in Ushuaia is a journey on a short (5 mi – 8 km) but scenic stretch of railway known as ‘Tren del Fin del Mundo,’ or the ‘Train of the End of the World.’   As Ushuaia is the southern most city in the world and this the southernmost railway on earth, the name is not as hyperbolic as it might originally seem. 
The first tracks were constructed in the late 19th century to transport supplies to the penitentiary being built in Ushuaia.  These tracks were made of wood and used for ox-pulled carts, but by the early twentieth century they had been upgraded to iron rails that conveyed a steam …

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“Pic of the Week”, September 26, 2014: The Lethbridge Viaduct

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You wouldn’t think the small sleepy Alberta city of Lethbridge, situated on the southern prairies just north of the United States border, would have it’s place in railroad lore, but it most certainly does!  To rail buffs, Lethbridge is best known as home of the High Level Bridge, a.k.a. the Lethbridge Viaduct.  The viaduct was constructed between 1907–1909 and replaced preexisting wooden trestle bridges (which had a lifespan of only 10 years).

This massive trestle bridge spans the Oldman River valley.  It’s so long it’s actually hard to get it all framed in a photo, even with a wide angle lens.  The viaduct was engineered by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the steel for its construction was fabricated in Ontario and shipped (by rail) to Lethbridge.  A crew of 100 …

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