Thursday, April 1, 2021

1907 Amtrak Old Saybrook-Old Lyme Bridge over Connecticut River

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges; HAER; Satellite)

This bridge was originally built by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.

"This bridge is one of the finest and earliest surviving Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridges and is complimented by a long series of pin-connected truss spans" [HistoricBridges]

Photo taken by Geoff Hubbs in Sep 1976 via Bridge Hunter, Public Domain

David De Lancy, Mar 2021

A video allows us to get a partially open view. Skip to 1:03 for some action other than getting seasick. When I watched the first part with full screen on my 23" monitor, my brain started getting a little motion sick. Note that the bridge keeps going up long after the boat has passed. I'm glad this bridge tender is not operating a bridge that stops auto traffic. He would create an unnecessary traffic jam. Historic Bridges has another video of the bridge going up.
Screeenshot @ 1:26

Photo 96 is the first of nine photos concerning this bridge.
HAER CONN,5-NEWHA,37--96
96. Connecticut River Bridge. Old Lyme, New London Co., CT. Sec. 4209, MP 106.89. - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

A copy another of the HAER photos because it provides a closeup of the movable span.
HAER CONN,5-NEWHA,37--103
103. Connecticut River Bridge draw span. Old Lyme, New London Co., CT. Sec. 4209, MP 106.89. - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

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