Saturday, February 2, 2019

1933 Cape Cod Canal (Buzzards Bay) RR Bridge

(Bridge Hunter, the last four images are postcards from the Boston Public Library; no Historic Bridges; HAER; US Army Corps of Engineers3D Satellite, 174+ photos)

This 1935 bridge replaced a 1910 Strauss heel trunnion bascule bridge. "Second longest lift bridge in the world, after the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge in Staten Island, NY." [Bridge Hunter] When it was constructed, it was the longest lift bridge in the world with a span of 544', which can be lowered in 2.5 minutes. The vertical clearance is 135'. The original cost was $1.56m. [CapeCodOnline]

By United States Navy, Kevin Burke - Navy NewsStand Photo ID: 060613-N-9999B-001Navy NewsStand Home, Public Domain, Link
Cape Cod Photography posted
The Cape Cod Canal in 1934

The bridge is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the railroad is owned by the state. It was closed for refurbishing 2002-03 at a cost of $30m. The railroad is used by trash and seasonal passenger trains. [Wikipedia, CapeCodOnline]

Stew Baker posted
My view crossing the cape cod canal on the vertical lift bridge
Eric Augatis Be careful, personal electronic devices & all.
Stew Baker That was years back.

safe_image for Built In The 1900s, The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge In Massachusetts Was Once The Longest Lift Bridge In The World
Now, Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge is the second longest lift bridge in the country. The longest being the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge, which connects Staten Island to New Jersey."

David StGermain posted
Scenic Buzzards Bay
Karen Fitzgerald
David Albert Thatcher posted
Cape cod main line.
Francis Otterbein posted
Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge, Bourne, Ma.

Duane DeGowin commented on Kenneth's share
Cape cod canal railroad bridge

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While taking a ride came to Buzzards Bay and got to watch the Canal Bridge in action - my Dad worked on engines in Southie when it was New Haven Railroad, then Penn Central and Conrail when it relocated to Brighton - enjoy

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An elevation view from the river
A nautical view of the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Lift Bridge.
The span wights about 2200 tons; counterbalanced by weights in the towers.
Thanks for the add!

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