vertical lift bridge

September 9, 2017 - A southbound Norfolk Southern freight train, with NS 1081 and CSXT 9039 as power, head south across the Tenbridge over the Tennessee River as it heads into Chattanooga, TN, in the glow of the setting sun, as a northbound freight waits for it to pass. The Tenbridge is a vertical-lift railroad bridge over the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has a main span of 310 feet.

The original span was a swing span with a center pivot that was originally built in ca. 1879/1880, but is no longer raised for river traffic however. It was replaced by a vertical lift span in 1917, but the lift towers and machinery were not installed until 1920. It remains a very busy crossing on the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway, a major subsidiary of the Norfolk Southern Railway. The bridge carries two mainline tracks across the river.

Hawthorne Bridge - (Opened 1910)    Portland, Oregon US PDX

The oldest operating vertical lift bridge in the United States. The 1,383-foot long Hawthorne Bridge is one of Portland’s busiest bridges, carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists across the Willamette River daily.

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