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Amtrak in the Mist; Suisun Bay Bridge at the Carquinez Straits, Benicia, California.

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An Amtrak ‘Capitols’—so named because the trains connect historic and contemporary California capital cities—works timetable east across the Suisun Bay Bridge in February 1992. Exposed on Fujichrome 100 color slide film.

I featured Southern Pacific’s massive Suisun Bay Bridge in my 2008 book North American Railroad BridgesIn this detailed book, I traced the development of bridges on American railroads and featured many of the most noteworthy spans.

Southern Pacific’s Suisun Bay Bridge opened for service on October 151930, allowing the railroad  to discontinue its intensive car ferry operations. It was the largest double track bridge west of the Mississippi.

I made this photograph with Brian Jennison on a foggy morning more than 16 years before the book’s publication. However this was not the image used to illustrate the bridge in the book. Instead, I opted for a broad-side silhouette exposed on Ektachrome in 1993.

Here’s a bridge photograph tip: to make a large span appear enormous crop the ends of the bridge, thus allowing  the mind to expand the bridge to unseen ends.

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