Military Engineers Centennial 2003

Martins River Bridge with deck and handrail by Military Engineers -6

Military Engineers Centennial 2003

Trans Canada Trail Foundation

Martins River Bridge

Martins River Lunenburg County Nova Scotia

Located on Martins River

Project
Martins River Bridge, Martins River, Nova Scotia
Type of project:
Restoration for recreational use,
77 m railway bridge and trestle
Work completed: June 2002
By: 143 Airfield Engineering Flight, Bridgewater, NS
Thanks to:
Dynamite Trail Association
Trans Canada Trail Foundation
Centennial 2003 corporate partners

Martins River Bridge with new deck and handrail by Military Engineers
Martins River Bridge, with new deck and handrail built in June 2002
by military engineers of 143 Airfield Engineering Flight, Bridgewater.

Photographed on 19 November 2002

Martins River Bridge with new deck and handrail by Military Engineers

Photographed on 19 November 2002

The last train crossed this bridge on 18 September 1991.
It was a long, heavy train, powered by six CNR diesel-electric locomotives.

Martins River Bridge with new deck and handrail by Military Engineers
This bridge was built about 1905 by the Halifax & South Western Railway,
a subsidiary of the Canadian Northern Railway controlled by the legendary Mackenzie and Mann.

Photographed on 19 November 2002

Martins River Bridge with new deck and handrail by Military Engineers

Photographed on 20 March 2003

Martins River Bridge with deck and handrail by Military Engineers

Photographed on 19 November 2005

Martins River Bridge with deck and handrail by Military Engineers

Photographed on 4 April 2007

Map showing large bridges on Trans Canada Trail in Lunenburg County
Map showing large bridges on Trans Canada Trail in Lunenburg County.


Also see: Military Engineers: Alderney Landing Pavilion


Also see: Military Engineers: Gold River Bridge


Also see: Halifax and Southwestern Railway
by Wikipedia

Canadian Military Engineers 2003 Bridges for Canada

Bridges Renovated in Nova Scotia Under the Program:

• Celtic Crossing, Inverness, Inverness County
• Ghost Beach Bridge, Troy, Inverness County
• Gold River Bridge, Gold River, Lunenburg County
• Guysborough County Bridges, Guysborough County
• Haliburton Gut Bridge, Pictou, Pictou County
• Inverness County Bridges, Cape Breton Trail, Inverness County
• Martins Brook Bridge, Martins Brook, Lunenburg County
• Martins River Bridge, Martins River, Lunenburg County
• Mush-A-Mush Bridge, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County
• River John Bridge, River John Village, Pictou County
• Rocky Run Bridge, Lawrencetown, Halifax Regional Municipality
• Tatamagouche Bridges, Tatamagouche, Colchester County

Canadian Military Engineers 2003
Bridges for Canada


Military Engineers
Alderney Landing Pavilion, Dartmouth
https://ns1763.ca/hfxrm/alderneylanding.html


Bridges for Canada
Trans Canada Trail
http://www.tctrail.ca/index.php?section_id=74&lang=en

Trans Canada Trail Report 2005
http://www.tctrail.ca/docs/2005trailreport-EN.pdf

What could be a more perfect partnership than Canada’s Military Engineers
and the Trans Canada Trail? With their centenary coming up in 2003, Canada’s
Military Engineers were seeking a bold project to commemorate their first hundred
years. For a corps whose mission includes conjuring up structures capable of
supporting an army, the idea of building bridges to conquer nature’s obstacles
was a natural. A partnership with the Trans Canada Trail provided an ideal
project – CME 2003: Bridges for Canada.

A three-year cooperative effort that began in 2000, the program was aimed
at helping communities along the Trans Canada Trail construct and restore bridges.
Not only would it benefit all Canadians, but also it would provide practical field
training for military engineers, engineering students and cadets. Over thirty bridges
have been built,one of which is now the longest pedestrian bridge in Canada.
Many were restoration projects: in some cases, abandoned railway bridges
transformed into safe and solid Trail structures.

Each local project began with the Military Engineers surveying the terrain and
determining the type of work to be done. Then local community Trail builders,
working with the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, set about raising the funds for
materials and equipment. The Canadian Military Engineers have indeed marked
their centenary in spectacular fashion. The Bridges for Canada project has made
a monumental contribution to the advancement of the Trail, leaving a legacy that
will endure for years…


Long Term Trans Canada Trail Concept in Nova Scotia

http://www.halifaxurbangreenway.org/maps/tct_concept_ns.JPG

On 25 April 2002 the National Launch of the
Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers 2003
took place at 14 Airfield Engineering Squadron
(14 AES) located in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
It  marked  the  beginning  of  two  years  of
nation-wide celebrations and commemorations
29 April 2002  through  29 April 2004…

National Launch of the Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers 2003
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/stories/comm19_e.htm

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Bridges for Canada
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/bridges_e/about_e.htm

CME 2003 The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/arch_e.htm

The Canadian Military Engineer Centennial Website was shut down in April 2004.
The following forwarding link is displayed in the

empty website:

“For further information on the Canadian Military Engineers and the Centennial”
please go to:

Canadian Engineers Military Museum

http://www.cmemuseum.ca/index_e/index_e.htm

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Map of Nova Scotia
http://cme-2003-gmc.org/bridges/NS_Map_e.shtml


Martins River Bridge

http://cmea-agmc.ca/Communiques/02.07.MartinsRiver_e.pdf

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Martins River Bridge
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/Martins_river_e.htm

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Ghost Beach Bridge
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/Ghost_Beach_Bridge_e.htm

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Challenging a Ghost
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/ghost.pdf


No. 2 Construction Battalion

http://cmea-agmc.ca/history_Pictou_e.asp

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — No. 2 Construction Batallion
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/de05_e.htm

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/BC_Air_Training_e.htm

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — A Cape Breton Fortress
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/nb02_e.htm

“…the British captured the fortress in 1758 during the
Seven Years War
after a seven week siege by 16,000 troops supported by 150 ships…”

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Halifax: First Home of the Engineers
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/Halifax_e.htm


Canada’s First Military Flight

On the 23 July 1909, Mr. J.A.D. McCurdy and F.W. Baldwin … began to assemble
two aircraft delivered by rail from Braddock (sic, should be Baddeck), Nova Scotia…
On 2 Aug 1909, Baldwin and McCurdy made four successful take-offs and landings…
http://mypage.uniserve.ca/%7Eecho2/Don.htm#Flight

The Centennial of Canadian Military Engineers — Engineers Fly First
http://www.cme-2003-gmc.org/herit/nb01_e.htm

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