snavely wrote:The canal bridge has no operator. It's operated by the train crew.On December 4, 2004 at approx. 3:00PM, the Cape May Canal bridge failed once again. I was on the scene at Tuckahoe during their santa specials up there that day when the call came in about it. I expect that the reason that they have taken the bridge out of service for the rest of the season is due to it's requiring some significant work (the exact work that is required, I do not know).
And just to clarify something, the Canal bridge does in fact have an operator at all times that trains are operating. The operator is required to close and open the bridge from within the cabin located on the south-east side of the span. Also, the home signals for the bridge are inoperative in the sense that they always display a stop indication. All trains wishing to cross the bridge require NORAC rule 241 authority, which is issued by the bridge tender.
I believe there was some confusion there about exactly which bridge we were talking about...
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