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Rail line removed from Johnson Street Bridge

Feb 25 2012
Work in progress to bring down the rail line on the Johnson Street Bridge. 

Work in progress to bring down the rail line on the Johnson Street Bridge.

Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury , timescolonist.com (Feb. 2012)

Victoria' skyline began to change Friday with the demise of the rail portion of the 87-year-old Johnson Street Bridge.

Onlookers braved a steady rain to concentrate on and around the boardwalk below the Mermaid Wharf development, which provided one of the best vantage points for viewing.

A huge crane was alongside the bridge for the job of taking the 250-tonne rail span from its place to the barge below.

Traffic across the bridge was stopped just before 12:30 p.m., and the span began to move about 12:40 p.m.

Shirley Marsetta stopped for a look and said she had mixed feelings.

"I'm glad they're replacing it, but it's part of Victoria history."

Traffic started moving freely at 1:15 p.m.

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