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NH - Cape Cod Canal Bridge

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Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

A twin of the first Strauss Heel trunnion bascule Bridge constructed in 1910 in Bourne Massachusetts, this bridge is located in Ashtabula Ohio constructed in 1911 by the Strauss Bascule bridge Company and fabricated by the Pennsylvania Steel Company. This bridge still remains in service.

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Description 

This first Strauss Heel Trunnion bascule bridge has 2 ac motors of 65 horsepower according to the speed was decelerated to it's fully raised or closed position, this span has a counterweight with a rivet steel plate shell around it the struts which attaches to the counterweight bridge tower when raised the shaft is toward the center line of the span. this span was in heavy use until 1935 when the Strauss heel trunnion was replaced with a vertical lift bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Cape Cod Canal on New York New Haven & Hartford Railroad
Location
Buzzards Bay, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1910; Replaced 1935
Builders
- E.H Mc Henry (Vise President)
- Edward Gagel ( Chief Engineer)
- Eug Klapp (Deputy Chief Engineer)
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Builder)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Design)
- W. H. Moore (Engineers of Bridges)
- WM Barclay (Parsons Chief Engineer)
Railroad
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
First Strauss Heel Trunnion Warren Through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.74197, -70.61366   (decimal degrees)
41°44'31" N, 70°36'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/365819/4622386 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pocasset
Inventory number
BH 57626 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 23, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • February 22, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 3, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 29, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 25, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 29, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • June 11, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • January 15, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • January 15, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • August 20, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 18, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected reporting mark
  • August 15, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

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Comments 

NH - Cape Cod Canal Bridge
Posted July 2, 2014, by Anonymous

The Ashtabula Railroad Bascule bridge is a copy or a duplicate to this first heel trunnion bascule bridge built in 1910, this bridge was constructed in 1911 and still in heavy use.

Old NH Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge
Posted October 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

That bridge is the St Charles Air Line Railroad bridge in Chicago IL, thats the wrong bridge!