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    There has been lots of talk about what machine will or will not fit over the bridges at Ferry or Talkeetna.

    How wide are the bridges?

    How accurate are the manufactures listed widths to use for determining which bridges they will cross with out destroying the hubs?

    Am leaning towards finding a Yamaha 550 Griz but only if it gets to the other side of the bridges.

    Than you for your imput.

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    We ride our Yamaha 700 Grizzlies across the pedestrian bridge at Talkeetna. It rubs on the plastic, but it goes. You can't go ANY wider, though, including wider tires or it won't go.
    "If snowmachiners would adopt the habits of riding one at a time and not parking at the base of avalanche prone slopes, the number of fatalities would likely be whittled by at least a third, if not by half." ~ Jill Fredston, in the book Snowstruck, In The Grip Of Avalanches.

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    Ferry is 42" if I remember correctly.
    Bought a Yamaha Grizzly to run across it, no problems.
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    Thank you for responding...it helps a great deal!!

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    I hear slot of talk about ferry where is it? And is there lots of riding?

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    Ferry is 46". There is a sign at the bridge that will tell you!

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    As I've posted before, just take a ratchet strap and suck your back tires in closer together and then even wide tired independent suspension rigs will go across

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    Good idea Bemunsell..will keep a strap handy.
    Bought a Yamaha Grizzily 550 (used) so at 46.5 inches wide it will rub on the plastics...if it is not overloaded. Slow trip across this weekend on a test trip to a friends cabin.
    Thanks for all the replies.
    Will let you know how it goes.

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    So really nobody wants to share where this bridge is that is always talked about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishingyoda View Post
    So really nobody wants to share where this bridge is that is always talked about?
    There are two locations we talk about - Talkeetna and Ferry.

    Talkeetna has two bridges for pedestrians along the trail north. The first, older crossing, is the narrower of the two. Crossing these will take you north along the rail road tracks to the gravel pit and then the trail splits to Chase or Clear Creek area.

    Ferry is beyond Healy a ways (do not know the mile post)...a very tiny road sign will say Ferry and you turn right and drive to a parking lot. The trail starts there by crossing the pedestrian bridge and heads easterly to ....many places.

    Not much help but by doing a Goggle search you can land there too.

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    Thankyou. Are you allowed to cross on atvs? Or do riders just do it? I'm assuming arr is railroad correct? I found a very old railroad bridge in trapper creek but it was wide enough to cross with a truck if you were brave enough. It looked like the old buffalo mine bridge.

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    The bridge on the side of the tracks were built for people usage so you would stay off the tracks. RR supports those that cross legally on the bridge, fines you for crossing on the track portion. They have posted RR employees in the woods in the past to photo and ticket illegal crossings during the very busy cow hunts a few years back.
    Mile marker 258 for Ferry turnoff.
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    The Ferry walk bridge hangs on to the side of the railroad bridge and is actually only 45" wide in a few spots next to the main bridge upright pillars and is at least 48" the rest of the time. It is lined on the inside, on both sides, by steel straps about 2" wide and fairly close together and is pretty smooth and easy on rubber and plastic. Have fun

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    The 09 550 Grizzly went across the two RR bridges north of Talkeetna with only minor rubbing in a few locations on the first bridge north of town. Not worth taking any plastic off as long as you go slowly.

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