Detroit-F. S. U. D. Viaduct

 

 

 

FSUD Viaduct

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above photo by Elmer Treloar-Charlie Whipp Collection.  This late 1940s view of the viaduct captures a Wabash passenger train leaving Fort Street Union Depot.

 

Left photo - Ariel view taken prior to the construction of the US Post Office shows the depot and approach, train sheds, Fort Street, West Jefferson and the viaduct.  The Ambassador Bridge is in the far background.

 

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

 

Abutment

 

 

 

All that remains of the F.S.U.D. approach is the concrete abutment shown in this March 2004 photo.

 

 

 

 

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The F.S.U.D. Viaduct, as modeled on the Port Huron & Northern, is approximately 1/10 the scale length of the prototype.  Framework for the bridge structure was made from aircraft plywood, cut in one inch strips and assembled in an egg crate configuration. Visible surfaces were then covered with girders cut from Atlas HO deck girder bridges.  Supporting posts were fabricated with brass and Plastruct H beams and styrene strips. Plastruct girders where then added to every other bay to simulate the the prototype construction. All model photos by David Held.

 

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

F.S.U.D. Viaduct

 

Photos above - West Jefferson runs under the viaduct for a short distance then emerges west of the viaduct. Photo right - CN passenger train departs from F.S.U.D. Caboose track parallels the MC (NYC) mainline heading west.