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NS - JM Drawbridge

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NS Ashtabula river Railroad Bridge

Operator's bridge tender house

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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Jm drawbridge

Explaining the Name of the bascule bridge

Douglas Butler

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Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

Update of a Strauss Heel trunnion railroad bascule bridge constructed by the Strauss Bascule Bridge Company fabricated by the Pennsylvania Steel Co.

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JM Drawbridge (Raised)

Raised for ship and boat spring and summer seasons this Strauss bascule bridge is still in good shape

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JM Drawbridge (Raised for boating seasons)

A Strauss heel trunnion bascule bridge raising for boat traffic

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Description 

This Strauss Heel trunnion type is the remaining bridge along with 2 other bridges one in New Jersey the other a double leaf in Michigan between Canada with the machinery installed on the bascule span and the struts pinned fixed to the counterweight bridge tower plus the last in Port Clinton OH.

CSX / NS - Ashtabula River Bridge 

Written by Douglas Butler

This early Strauss heel trunnion bascule bridge is the duplicate of the first bridge built in 1910 which this bridge was constructed in 1911, the arrangement of this design was to have the operating machinery on the bascule span while the struts are attached to the stationary bridge tower. The span has 2 ac motors of 65 horsepower to decelerate the span to its raised position which the span is heavy and in the lowered position the counter balanced weight is heavy, with this span is still in heavy service this span has been a common design use for railroad traffic. The stairway with railings are present on the end of the truss of the moving span to the stationary counterweight bridge tower and the operating link connecting the framework to the counterweight like it's twin (the first bridge) in Massachusetts the counterweight also has a rivet steel plate shell around it, this bridge bypass the three types that Joseph B. Strauss developed in his life time which is his special work of movable span bridges are by hiring patents for this type of bridge as all others including lift bridges. Some of his bridges are still in operation today since his death.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Ashtabula River on Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroad
Location
Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Status
Still operatable in service
History
Built in 1911 This bascule bridge was also built by the New York Central Line Railroad
Builders
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad (LS&MS)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
The bridge is a heel trunnion type. Warren through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Also called
NYC - Ashtabula River Lift Bridge
Lake Shore & Michigan Southern - Ashtabula River Lift Bridge
JM Drawbridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.89154, -80.79859   (decimal degrees)
41°53'30" N, 80°47'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/516708/4637753 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashtabula North
Inventory number
BH 57496 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 22, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 1, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 21, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 19, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • January 6, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 6, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • July 9, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • June 29, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • June 18, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • June 1, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 26, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • May 9, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 19, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 22, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 7, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 6, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • February 1, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 21, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 4, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • December 23, 2015: Updated by Douglas Butler: Changed name
  • December 14, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 23, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 12, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • September 24, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 5, 2015: Updated by Douglas Butler: Information of the Bridge
  • September 4, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 4, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 2, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 4, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • May 28, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 20, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 3, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 26, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 25, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 20, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 21, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 20, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 5, 2015: Essay added by Douglas Butler
  • February 2, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 27, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 11, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 28, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 20, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 6, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 30, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 29, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 28, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 25, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 21, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • September 19, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 10, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 3, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 21, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 14, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 11, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Entry is redundant
  • August 10, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

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