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MC - Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge (1935)


General View, West Side Of Bridge From Northwest Shore Of Canal, View To North

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #127835


Street View 


On top of the Railroad Bridge

On today's CapeCast: We ride the Railroad Bridge up into the sky over the Cape Cod Canal, go into the tower and see mega-machinery and ride the teeny elevator! Exclusive video of a landmark!

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Second longest lift bridge in the world, after the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge in Staten Island, NY.


Through truss vertical lift bridge over Cape Cod Canal on the Mass Coastal Railroad at Buzzards Bay
Buzzards Bay, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Built 1935
- Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine (Rehab)
- McKim, Mead & White of New York City, New York
- Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff & Douglas of New York City, New York (Design)
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Public Works Administration
- Bay Colony Railroad (BCLR)
- Massachusetts Coastal Railroad (MC)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Polygonal Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 544.0 ft.
Also called
NH - Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.74234, -70.61384   (decimal degrees)
41°44'32" N, 70°36'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/365805/4622427 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38108 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 15, 2019: New photo from Irma Hale
  • March 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 26, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 23, 2017: Updated by Matthew: Use more common name
  • August 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • May 16, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 16, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • February 15, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 15, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • July 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "McKim, Mead & White"
  • November 11, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 5, 2012: New Street View added by Jann Mayer
  • August 17, 2012: New video from Nathan Holth
  • April 11, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added year built, alternate name
  • November 17, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 15, 2008: Added by James Baughn

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