Design and Construction of the Victoria Tubular Bridge National Historic Event

Montréal, Quebec
Design and Construction of the Victoria Tubular Bridge (© expired / périmé)
Design and Construction of the Victoria Tubular Br
(© expired / périmé)
Address : Montréal, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1999-10-28

Other Name(s):
  • Design and Construction of the Victoria Tubular Bridge  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1999-24

Importance: Engineering achievement in construction of world's then largest bridge, introduction of steam-powered construction equipment

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  Montréal, Quebec

The construction between 1854 and 1860 of the 2,009-metre Victoria Tubular Bridge was recognized worldwide as an outstanding engineering achievement. The bold use of new types of steam-powered pumps, cranes, and derricks allowed Canadian contractors to overcome almost insurmontable construction problems. The original masonry piers still attest to the magnitude of that achievement. Based on a British design, and erected by the Grand Trunk Railway, the bridge became a vital link in a national rail transportation system centred on Montréal.