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Putting the Draw In Drawbridge [Nov. 19th, 2015|09:33 am]
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Drawbridges are cool. This bridge is on the Metro North rail line in my hometown in Connecticut. I have a vague memory of having a drawbridge opened for a boat I was on and going under it back when I was a kid. It was probably the little bridge that's in the background of this video.

I never considered the complexity of opening a drawbridge on a rail line, especially a rail line that runs on electricity.

A lot of people's lives depend on the guys in this video doing their job correctly. I like how the one guy crosses himself when the job is complete. I see that gesture both as giving thanks, and as calling for protection of the mechanical parts and the people who rely on them for safe passage.


[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-11-20 03:42 pm (UTC)
What a great video! I think I've seen a highway drawbridge operate only once (real life) but have seen other videos, including one of Tower Bridge (I think it is) in London, where they also showed the big counter-weights moving inside the supports.

Thanks for showing us this.
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[User Picture]From: delkytlar
2015-11-20 06:16 pm (UTC)
Great video. Thanks for sharing.

I love drawbridges, too. We have a few along the Belt Parkway that circles Brooklyn and Queens. It can take 20 minutes for them to be raised and lowered, so they stop traffic for a long stretch. But, none of them require the amount of manual steps and attention to detail of that railway bridge. I have to wonder just how long the entire process takes (and how much it costs) each time.
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