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American Railroad - Puente de Cambalache

Photos 

File:Cambalache Bridge.jpg

Photo taken by Luis Pumarada

View this photo at en.m.wikipedia.org

BH Photo #276480

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over Río Grande de Arecibo on Compañía de los Ferrocarriles de Puerto Rico
Location
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1893
Builders
- Duclos & Co. of Paris, France (Potential Fabricator)
- Société d'Entreprises et des Constructions des Colonies Espagnoles (Importer)
- Ulince of France (Potential Fabricator)
Railroads
- American Railroad Co. of Puerto Rico (ARR)
- Compañía de los Ferrocarriles de Puerto Rico (FCPR)
Design
Double-intersection Pratt through truss (Whipple)
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 19, 1995
Also called
FCPR - Puente Frances
American Railroad - Puente Frances
FCPR - Puente de Cambalache
Approximate latitude, longitude
+18.45354, -66.70230   (decimal degrees)
18°27'13" N, 66°42'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/742663/2041905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Arecibo NW
Inventory numbers
NRHP 95000831 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 47954 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2018: Updated by Luke: One span lost to Hurricane Maria
  • February 14, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added railroad to "carries"
  • March 1, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 5, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Compañía de los Ferrocarriles de Puerto Rico"
  • February 2, 2011: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

Comments 

American Railroad - Puente de Cambalache
Posted June 15, 2018, by Luke

Further research uncovered the following from a NRHP MPS .pdf

Said .pdf: https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NRHP/64500544_text

American Railroad - Puente de Cambalache
Posted June 15, 2018, by Luke

Considering there are several lattice girders scattered across Puerto Rico that were constructed by Eugene Rollin & Co., also of Braine-le-Comte, Belgium, I'd say that furthers my suspicions.

American Railroad - Puente de Cambalache
Posted June 15, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I would have to do a little more research, but off the top of my head, I can add to the conversation that Pont Turcot in Quebec http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=qu... was built by a Belgium company: Société Anonyme Internationale de Construction et d'Entreprises de Travaux Publics of Braine-le-Comte, Belgium. The company name translates via Google to "Anonymous Society International Building and Construction Companies" but somewhere I figured out a more accurate translation would be "International Engineering and Construction Company Limited." Given the name of the company I suspect they may have done business in other places too, perhaps here.

American Railroad - Puente de Cambalache
Posted June 15, 2018, by Luke

I finally found a bit of info on Spanish Wikipedia that gives us a lead on who built the bridge, stating that construction work was subcontracted to the "Société d'Entreprises et des Constructions des Colonies Espagnoles"

And from there on, everything is in French, and my French is even more rudimentary than my Spanish is...

Then there's this Google Books lead that mentions that Belgian bridges could be had for 2/3rds the cost of an American span, which leads me to believe the French subcontractor was ordering Belgian bridges, probably from the same manufacturer that constructed all of the extant Lattice Girders.

Anyone have any insight? I know Nathan and Jason have done more work in Europe than anyone else.

Spanish Wikipedia link: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https%3...

Google Books link: https://books.google.com/books?id=Y-RsAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA393&dq=P...

American Railroad - Puente de Cambalache
Posted June 15, 2018, by Luke

Sad news, one span was lost to Hurricane Maria:

https://redescubriendoapuertorico.blogspot.com/2013/10/puent...