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    Default very cool bridge near my house- rocks village bridge

    anyone from the north shore will know this bridge. it is ( kinda ) the gateway to southern new hampshire. crosses the merrimac river in haverhill, mass. our rides cross this bridge more or less every week.

    it is one of if not the only non motorized draw bridges in the east. it is completely hand operated. they open it irregularly and today i got lucky returning from a ride and having my digital camera to boot.

    3 guys install a hand crank in the middle and walk it around. you can see the roller mechanism underneath and there is a giant gear that you cant see in the pictures.
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    Verry cool!
    CoNan would be jealous.

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    Cool pictures

    thanks
     

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    Very cool! I've never seen it open.
     

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    the guy said the last time they opened it was 7/22
    the boat calls 2 hrs ahead and the guys show up.
     

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    nice catch, pucci!
     

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    I assume you'll be calling at 4:00pm every friday from now on,
    just to mess with them...
     

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    Thank you Mr. P. I'll probably go across there twice in the next 4 days and I'll remember these pictures.
     

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    Right place...right time.

    One of those odd, lil' New England down-home gotta be there things.

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    i dig this kinda stuff. gotta love NE
     

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    Does the bridge have a preservation society?

    Any new bridge won't be as cool as that old bridge.
     

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    These are two bridges alongside the Panama Canal, pretty much ensconced in the entrails of the tropical rain forest. The railroad tracks border the canal and follow it from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, or maybe it's the other way around.
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    jeeez,
    the top pic catulle i thought was another one up here... had to look 3 times.
    ill see if i have a pic of that one... bikes yes, cars no.
    goes over a small inlet in newburyport.

    lot of neat little byways when yr on a bike.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_A_Martin View Post
    Does the bridge have a preservation society?

    Any new bridge won't be as cool as that old bridge.
    yeah it does. they wont allow a motor to be put in.
    but its old and pretty beat up surface wise. they are always working on it.
    some day it will need to be rebuilt.
    now they only allow 1 school bus on it at a time.
    built in 1890.
    there was a huge flood on the river in the mid 30s. the water was way over the road surface...all you could see were the spans.
    i have a book of newspaper photos from this flood. cool stuff.
     

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    These locks can also be opened by hand, one man turning a small wheel. The usual, though, is by means of a small electric motor (2 or 5hp if I'm not mistaken.)
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