Ramps Bridge

By taggart  
Ramps Bridge
Update....apologies, I don't usually post a set--but.....

Ramps Bridge is an antique Covered Bridge originally built around 1882-4. It had degenerated enough that an illegal hay wagon broke the floor boards and fell thru( sort of) SO--it was decided that it should be rebuilt --copied with original materials, etc. I can easily walk to the bridge and have been photographing the progress----
The lead is a view of the interior which has become a workshop---note the RH wall is missing..

Version 1 The workers have taken all the siding off the RH wall ---which is why I was reminded of some of Walt Knox's barns (epz member)

V2. Another view and some of their equipment

V3. an image from late November---a view of the bridge before dismantling

Tags: General Bridge Antique PennsylvaniaUSA Ramps Covered Bridge

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Nice one Jenn....we managed to find one back in 2017 during our travels ,...seem to recall it was in Oregon State ....certainly an impressive structure

24 Feb 2021 12:23AM
Excellent well detailed set Jennn, lead a slight favourite,
24 Feb 2021 12:30AM
A great set of images documenting the progress Jenn.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
24 Feb 2021 1:33AM
They look like they are doing a good job. Will be nice when it's done.
24 Feb 2021 1:44AM
This is a fascinating set Jenn. I am glad you showed it. Seeing the structure is very cool.....particularly seeing the old and new wood....and in particular, the curved suspension truss....which clearly takes the load of the bridge.....good engineers back then.

jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 5:27AM
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
24 Feb 2021 6:12AM
very well recorded
24 Feb 2021 6:13AM
An excellent documentary set. Always good to see the work in progress. Looking forward to the finished bridge and how it compares to you V3
24 Feb 2021 7:30AM
Looks like a complex ( and expensive ! ) job, and some real skill required.
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 7:58AM
I never understood why these bridges were coveredBlush
These days the local youth would use them for raves and drugsWink
chavender Plus
10 482 1 France
24 Feb 2021 8:17AM
Nice set of images and information Jenn, very interesting.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.6k 71 Norway
24 Feb 2021 8:52AM
The interior, with all the wood beams exposed is far more interesting than the rather plain and boring exterior (as shown in the last version).
richmowil Plus
12 438 2 England
24 Feb 2021 9:00AM
It will be interesting to see the development to completion Jenn! Good set.
viscostatic 14 49 9 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 9:19AM
Interesting images Jenn.

24 Feb 2021 9:53AM
An excellent and most interesting set, Jenn.
I particularly like the lead image .... and V1 which shows the structure very clearly.
I wonder what timber is used.

dales Plus
5 11 Australia
24 Feb 2021 9:55AM
Excellent documentation of this impressive bridge resoration Jenn , so wonderful that this is being done rather than replaced with a full modern structure !!SmileSmile
24 Feb 2021 2:38PM
Interesting set Jenn - love the lead
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 4:44PM
Smashing shots and esp. love your lead.
Fefe Plus
9 54 36 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 4:51PM
Interesting Jenn....a lovely set!
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
24 Feb 2021 5:00PM
Great insight in this set Jennn - I do like the look of those bridges, [reminds me of that Madison County film].
24 Feb 2021 5:56PM
Very cool to see ... reminds me of the skeleton of a whaling ship .... hold on ...
Maybe skeleton of the whale !
Great reportage ... maybe a submission for your local paper . Thx for sharing !
Cheers Walt
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 7:03PM
Quite an undertaking Jenn - I remember this bridge from previous uploads.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 7:58PM
Fascinating set and content... Love the lead...
It's amazing to view Jenn... Isabel GrinGrin
24 Feb 2021 8:10PM

Quote:It will be interesting to see the development to completion Jenn! Good set.
I agree with Bill !

25 Feb 2021 2:23AM

Quote:An excellent and most interesting set, Jenn.
I particularly like the lead image .... and V1 which shows the structure very clearly.
I wonder what timber is used.


Probably oak, would be my guess.

25 Feb 2021 8:29AM
Interesting series Jenn, delighted to see it being properly restored.

In answer to the question posed above : (quote from Wikipedia)

A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof, decking, and siding, which in most covered bridges create an almost complete enclosure.[1] The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last over 100 years.[2] Once common, only about one in 10 survived the 20th century.[3] The relatively small number of surviving bridges is due to deliberate replacement, neglect, and the high cost of restoration.[4]


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