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Great collection of photos, and nice to have all the South Beach ones together. I’ve always been a bit curious about the “Arches” – we say the 1st arch and the 2nd arch – but does anybody remember them as arches. I presume they were arched bridges (like the railway bridge near the harbour). Did flat style bridges even exist when the railway was built – around 1855. I’ve never seen a photo of them as arches though – and why were they “converted” to flat bridges anyhow? Also funny how two bridges were even built in the first place – at a time of relative hardship (1850s – just a decade after the famine…) seems a luxury to put two bridges so close together when one would have been enough? Perhaps the Burnaby Estate (then just land – the houses were built around 1900) insisted on them for access to the beach.
Perhaps some railway/town/Burnaby/military (perhaps the army had a say – beach access being important for defense?) historians have some knowledge or there are similar situations on other coastal railways around the country?