My understanding is that wheels, cables and counterweights have not moved in so many years they probably would not operate any longer. I was born in Cairo in 1930, have photos of the gate from the North side. It would be entertaining to see the wheels and counterweights again. Almost no one from before WW II is still alive. Does anyone know what became of the enormous ship's wheel that hung over the Mark Twain Restaurant at 10th & Washington sixty years ago? Is "The Hewer" sculpture still standing across from the Catholic Church?
All the sections of the Ohio River railroad bridge were replaced sometime after the 1940s.