Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge

I was looking for something new to photograph back in August.  After photographing the Powder Point Bridge, I went out seeking others at unique times of the day such as twilight.  Here's what I came up with.  I really loved how the colors were captured.  Photographing bridges really allows you to capture detail and at this time of day it creates a magical look. 

I was curious about the bridge and gathered some information from the internet.  Thought I'd share with you all.

The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge (also known as the Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge), a vertical lift bridge in Bourne, Massachusetts near Buzzards Bay, carries railroad traffic across the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Cape Cod with the rest of MassachusettsUSA. While most lift bridges are kept down for land traffic to cross and lifted up to allow boat traffic to pass under, The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge is one of only a few lift bridges in the United States kept in an up position and only lowered for the occasional land traffic.

Design and construction

The bridge was constructed beginning in 1933 by the Public Works Administration from a design by firms Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff, and Douglas as well as Mead and White (both of New York), for theUnited States Army Corps of Engineers, which operates both the bridge and the canal. The bridge has a 544-foot (166 m) main span, with a 135-foot (41 m) clearance when raised[1], uses 1,100-short-ton (1,000 t)[3] counterweights on each end, and opened on December 29, 1935[2].
At the time of its completion, it was the longest lift span in the world.[4] It is now the second longest lift bridge in the United States, the longest being the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge between New Jerseyand Staten IslandNew York. The bridge replaced a 1910 bascule bridge.


In 2002, the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge underwent a major rehabilitation, including replacement of cables, machinery, and electrical systems, at a cost of $30 million and was reopened in 2003. The Bay Colony rail line on the Cape is used for a seasonal tourist train, the Cape Cod Central Railroad, and to haul trash to a waste-to-energy plant in Rochester, Massachusetts.[5]

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