One of the biggest railway bridge I've personally seen in Toronto. Let me start by saying I'm not good at making write ups, it's a WIP just like climbing this bridge was when I first saw it.
I've tried to look for any history about it but didn't find much. All I know about it, is that it's by Canadian Pacific Railway, they constructed it in the 1880s. The network is from Port of Vancouver to Port of Montreal, about 22,500km long that also branches out in the United States, such as Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, New York City and Buffalo. This bridge alone is about 10 storey high, 200m long and 2 tracks wide. It crosses a valley full of trees on both sides and has a small river under it between another railway track on it's West side and a walk/bike path on it's East side both perpendicular to the bridge.
Like most of the things in my life, I can't for sure quite remember how many times I went there... I think it was 3? No, 4? I don't know... But the visit in the video shown was the penultimate as of now. As for my first visit, I actually found this place by, you guessed it. Going outside. I found this place from a distant bike ride last fall, this thing in person is truly amazing, it's like driving by the Hearn for the first time, it amazed me.
I didn't know much about what to do with it, I hoped off my bike and explored it's surrounding, it was a lot more bushy and green when I went there for the first time, that I can remember from the disappointment when I came back the second time (track maintenance I presume, cut off all the vines and de-rooted the trees near by it leaving it more exposed and less "abandoned" looking)... I didn't climb much at first maybe 10-15 meters just to get a better glaze at it but also cause I couldn't go higher from where I was without loosing 5 of the 5 easy to grip spots I had. After 2 minutes of chilling and observing, I start to hear a rumble, slowly after, the bridge started to shake, as one of the freight train crosses it. I was kind of expecting it but it still shook me on how much of an impact the train had on it. After that was done, I practiced my climb on the "X" beams, knees weak palms are sweaty as I meet the first middle point of the "X"... Needless to say, I didn't go far that day... Note: The "X" beams are a lot harder to climb then the structure over the bike path.
On my second visit however, I challenged myself to climb at, at least the middle of the entire thing. I went on as high as I could pushing my boundaries, living on the edge... Nothing seriously interesting happened that day, I saw a filming crew shooting some sort of Tomb Raider trailer on the other side of the path. A train went by nearly knocking me out off balance for 2 minutes, so that was fun... I still managed to reach my goal that day however, and made it half way.
As for my third visit, this is when I recorded the video below, I didn't bother to bring my camera up and shoot from the top. It was too awkward to carry around and didn't want to risk my life thaaaat much... My friend did though, and he shot me going all the way down. I still have to ask him to the footage... We took some pictures on the top with his camera and staid there for a solid 15 minutes, thankfully no train went by. I don't think it would've been fun having 4,500 TONS right over our heads hitting every bumps for 2 minutes. When we got down, we started to walk around the frame, horizontally, vertically, upside down, you name it, we did it.
On my last day, I invited another friend of mine for a shooting for his brand. We didn't climb much that day we just staid at the train track perpendicular to the bridge the whole time. Here's some shots
I definitely have to go back there one day, not for the climb, but for the pictures... I went there during spring (video + photos) and didn't shoot enough. I need to head back there during Summer and Fall for some more colorful shots... Expect more to come! As for my adventures, this is how I defeated my fear of heights... Perhaps not the smartest way but definitely the most efficient way, you can do a lot of things when you're scared, just make sure to always have a good grip...