"A" frame Moveable Bridges


Michael Sirotta <msirt@...>
 

Hello members,

Some of you may remember an inquiry I posted last week about the former “A” frame swing bridge over Oldman’s Creek in Pedricktown on the Pennsgrove branch. I learned from a response it was called “Jumbo”. I was interesred because I grew up in Paulsboro, where we had one of those (well, we did, until a boat accident wiped it out).

Well, waddya’ know. Brian Yates’ link to the station photos has a picture of it. The caption (not visible - pic was oversized and I had to crop it) seems to call that operator’s shack a station. I doubt that. The bridge is in the middle of marshland. And there’s a picture of another one outside of wildwood.

“Jumbo”:

Grassy Sound station (Wildwood):

As I said, Paulsboro’s movable swing bridge was destroyed and has been replaced by a vertical lift bridge, but here is a wonderful YouTube showing a complete closing for Conrail traffic and then opening it up again for boat traffic. I love the smashboards:



GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...>
 

There was also an A-frame bridge at Corsons Inlet between Strathmere and Ocean City utilized by the WJ&S. The ROW for that bridge is now occupied by the Ocean Drive vehicle bridge. The Reading also came into Strathmere where Twistie's Tavern sits today and I believe one of the structures at that point still survives as the storage shed for Twisties. At least one of the bridge abutments for the Reading line still remains out along the channel and the ROW across the marshes is still easily seen.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.2044606,-74.6699907,307m/data=!3m1!1e3

Glenn

On 09/29/2022 12:57 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


Hello members,

Some of you may remember an inquiry I posted last week about the former “A” frame swing bridge over Oldman’s Creek in Pedricktown on the Pennsgrove branch. I learned from a response it was called “Jumbo”. I was interesred because I grew up in Paulsboro, where we had one of those (well, we did, until a boat accident wiped it out).

Well, waddya’ know. Brian Yates’ link to the station photos has a picture of it. The caption (not visible - pic was oversized and I had to crop it) seems to call that operator’s shack a station. I doubt that. The bridge is in the middle of marshland. And there’s a picture of another one outside of wildwood.

“Jumbo”:

Grassy Sound station (Wildwood):

As I said, Paulsboro’s movable swing bridge was destroyed and has been replaced by a vertical lift bridge, but here is a wonderful YouTube showing a complete closing for Conrail traffic and then opening it up again for boat traffic. I love the smashboards:



Michael Sirotta <msirt@...>
 

There are 2 Ocean Drive bridges over Corson’s inlet between Ocean City and Sea Isle. Which one would have had the A frame?

On Sep 29, 2022, at 1:29 PM, GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...> wrote:

There was also an A-frame bridge at Corsons Inlet between Strathmere and Ocean City utilized by the WJ&S. The ROW for that bridge is now occupied by the Ocean Drive vehicle bridge. The Reading also came into Strathmere where Twistie's Tavern sits today and I believe one of the structures at that point still survives as the storage shed for Twisties. At least one of the bridge abutments for the Reading line still remains out along the channel and the ROW across the marshes is still easily seen.


Glenn
On 09/29/2022 12:57 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


Hello members,

Some of you may remember an inquiry I posted last week about the former “A” frame swing bridge over Oldman’s Creek in Pedricktown on the Pennsgrove branch. I learned from a response it was called “Jumbo”. I was interesred because I grew up in Paulsboro, where we had one of those (well, we did, until a boat accident wiped it out).

Well, waddya’ know. Brian Yates’ link to the station photos has a picture of it. The caption (not visible - pic was oversized and I had to crop it) seems to call that operator’s shack a station. I doubt that. The bridge is in the middle of marshland. And there’s a picture of another one outside of wildwood.

“Jumbo”:
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Grassy Sound station (Wildwood):
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As I said, Paulsboro’s movable swing bridge was destroyed and has been replaced by a vertical lift bridge, but here is a wonderful YouTube showing a complete closing for Conrail traffic and then opening it up again for boat traffic. I love the smashboards:




GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...>
 

The A frame was where the current drawbridge is, adjacent to the Deauville Inn.

Glenn

On 09/29/2022 2:24 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


There are 2 Ocean Drive bridges over Corson’s inlet between Ocean City and Sea Isle. Which one would have had the A frame?

On Sep 29, 2022, at 1:29 PM, GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...> wrote:
There was also an A-frame bridge at Corsons Inlet between Strathmere and Ocean City utilized by the WJ&S. The ROW for that bridge is now occupied by the Ocean Drive vehicle bridge. The Reading also came into Strathmere where Twistie's Tavern sits today and I believe one of the structures at that point still survives as the storage shed for Twisties. At least one of the bridge abutments for the Reading line still remains out along the channel and the ROW across the marshes is still easily seen.


Glenn
On 09/29/2022 12:57 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


Hello members,

Some of you may remember an inquiry I posted last week about the former “A” frame swing bridge over Oldman’s Creek in Pedricktown on the Pennsgrove branch. I learned from a response it was called “Jumbo”. I was interesred because I grew up in Paulsboro, where we had one of those (well, we did, until a boat accident wiped it out).

Well, waddya’ know. Brian Yates’ link to the station photos has a picture of it. The caption (not visible - pic was oversized and I had to crop it) seems to call that operator’s shack a station. I doubt that. The bridge is in the middle of marshland. And there’s a picture of another one outside of wildwood.

“Jumbo”:
<Jumbo.png>

Grassy Sound station (Wildwood):
<GrassySound.png>

As I said, Paulsboro’s movable swing bridge was destroyed and has been replaced by a vertical lift bridge, but here is a wonderful YouTube showing a complete closing for Conrail traffic and then opening it up again for boat traffic. I love the smashboards:




Jack Schilling <schilling.jack@...>
 


The WJ&S had another such A-Frame swing bridge, along the Townsends Inlet crossing between Avalon and Sea Isle City, NJ.

Jack Schilling


On Thu, Sep 29, 2022 at 2:57 PM GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...> wrote:
The A frame was where the current drawbridge is, adjacent to the Deauville Inn.

Glenn
On 09/29/2022 2:24 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


There are 2 Ocean Drive bridges over Corson’s inlet between Ocean City and Sea Isle. Which one would have had the A frame?

On Sep 29, 2022, at 1:29 PM, GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...> wrote:
There was also an A-frame bridge at Corsons Inlet between Strathmere and Ocean City utilized by the WJ&S. The ROW for that bridge is now occupied by the Ocean Drive vehicle bridge. The Reading also came into Strathmere where Twistie's Tavern sits today and I believe one of the structures at that point still survives as the storage shed for Twisties. At least one of the bridge abutments for the Reading line still remains out along the channel and the ROW across the marshes is still easily seen.


Glenn
On 09/29/2022 12:57 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


Hello members,

Some of you may remember an inquiry I posted last week about the former “A” frame swing bridge over Oldman’s Creek in Pedricktown on the Pennsgrove branch. I learned from a response it was called “Jumbo”. I was interesred because I grew up in Paulsboro, where we had one of those (well, we did, until a boat accident wiped it out).

Well, waddya’ know. Brian Yates’ link to the station photos has a picture of it. The caption (not visible - pic was oversized and I had to crop it) seems to call that operator’s shack a station. I doubt that. The bridge is in the middle of marshland. And there’s a picture of another one outside of wildwood.

“Jumbo”:
<Jumbo.png>

Grassy Sound station (Wildwood):
<GrassySound.png>

As I said, Paulsboro’s movable swing bridge was destroyed and has been replaced by a vertical lift bridge, but here is a wonderful YouTube showing a complete closing for Conrail traffic and then opening it up again for boat traffic. I love the smashboards:




Michael Sirotta <msirt@...>
 

That’s one heck of a trestle! And no flange safety rails! Plus, the crewman had to dance the ties to get out to the bridge to work it. This was before rail unions, right? Sheesh!

On Sep 30, 2022, at 5:17 AM, Jack Schilling <schilling.jack@...> wrote:


The WJ&S had another such A-Frame swing bridge, along the Townsends Inlet crossing between Avalon and Sea Isle City, NJ.

Jack Schilling


On Thu, Sep 29, 2022 at 2:57 PM GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...> wrote:
The A frame was where the current drawbridge is, adjacent to the Deauville Inn.

Glenn
On 09/29/2022 2:24 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


There are 2 Ocean Drive bridges over Corson’s inlet between Ocean City and Sea Isle. Which one would have had the A frame?

On Sep 29, 2022, at 1:29 PM, GLENN KAISER <glennk419@...> wrote:
There was also an A-frame bridge at Corsons Inlet between Strathmere and Ocean City utilized by the WJ&S. The ROW for that bridge is now occupied by the Ocean Drive vehicle bridge. The Reading also came into Strathmere where Twistie's Tavern sits today and I believe one of the structures at that point still survives as the storage shed for Twisties. At least one of the bridge abutments for the Reading line still remains out along the channel and the ROW across the marshes is still easily seen.


Glenn
On 09/29/2022 12:57 PM Michael Sirotta <msirt@...> wrote:


Hello members,

Some of you may remember an inquiry I posted last week about the former “A” frame swing bridge over Oldman’s Creek in Pedricktown on the Pennsgrove branch. I learned from a response it was called “Jumbo”. I was interesred because I grew up in Paulsboro, where we had one of those (well, we did, until a boat accident wiped it out).

Well, waddya’ know. Brian Yates’ link to the station photos has a picture of it. The caption (not visible - pic was oversized and I had to crop it) seems to call that operator’s shack a station. I doubt that. The bridge is in the middle of marshland. And there’s a picture of another one outside of wildwood.

“Jumbo”:
<Jumbo.png>

Grassy Sound station (Wildwood):
<GrassySound.png>

As I said, Paulsboro’s movable swing bridge was destroyed and has been replaced by a vertical lift bridge, but here is a wonderful YouTube showing a complete closing for Conrail traffic and then opening it up again for boat traffic. I love the smashboards:



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