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NEGS - Lakeport Draw


NEGS - Lakeport Draw

Raised of boats

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in March 2013


BH Photo #320084

Street View 


Originally a double-track timber trestle. The center section was cut out and replaced with a single-track, 15'6" draw span around 1990 to allow lake access from a nearby marina. Owned by the state of NH and operated by NEGS and the Hobo Railroad. May be the shortest RR drawbridge in the US. Appears to open with Hydraulic cylinders.


Steel stringer bridge over Winnipesaukee River on New England Southern Railroad
Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire
Open to traffic
Modified into a drawbridge 1990, timber spans are older
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Hobo Railroad (HBX)
- New England Southern Railroad (NEGS)
Timber trestle with steel stringer 15'6" draw span
Length of largest span: 15.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.55095, -71.46205   (decimal degrees)
43°33'03" N, 71°27'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/301121/4824944 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 66787 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 5, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • May 20, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: edit description
  • March 30, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 29, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin


  • Ian Martin
  • NERail Photo Archive - Image
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


NEGS - Lakeport Draw
Posted June 16, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Seriously?! In the photos, it looks like the counterweight is submerged in the water when raised. Designer of this bridge would be a laughingstock for early 20th Century bridge engineers for failing to provide the basic feature of a counterweight pit for this type of counterweight positioning.

NEGS - Lakeport Draw
Posted June 6, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now that there are photos, (I live but twenty away and never made it over to shoot any - Thanks R&B) can we maybe move the rendering to the rear, and have an actual image appear when the data page is opened?