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CMSL - Cape May Canal Draw


Cape May Railroad Moveable Bridge

Old railroad bridge - a "turntable type" but not a former railroad turntable - across Cape May Canal - between Cape May Island and Lower Township, New Jersey. June 13, 2013

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BH Photo #266920

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Swing railroad bridge; span length of 140 feet includes center pier. Normally left in open position. Has not been in active rail use for several years as of 2013. Railroad line is owned by New Jersey Transit and leased to Cape May Seashore Lines, a tourist operation. There is active debate as to whether this bridge will ever see either rail or other use again.


Deck plate girder bridge over Cape May Canal on Cape May Seashore Lines
Cape May County, Cape May County, New Jersey
Intact but left in open position and closed to all traffic
Built when Cape May Canal expanded 1940-42; abandoned to service 1980, reopened to tourist trains Dec. 1998
- Cape May Seashore Lines (CMSL)
- Commuter Rail
- New Jersey Transit (NJTR)
- Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines (PRSL)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Also called
PRSL - Cape May Canal Draw
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.96084, -74.92017   (decimal degrees)
38°57'39" N, 74°55'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/506916/4312434 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cape May
Inventory number
BH 58082 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2021: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added length (measured with Google Earth Pro)
  • February 10, 2016: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • August 11, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated status
  • November 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Cape May Seashore Lines", "Navigable waterway", "Railroad", "New Jersey Transit"
  • September 20, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 19, 2013: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV


  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Douglas Butler