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DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby Teutobergerwald » Thu May 25, 2017 2:47 pm

Anybody know the latest on the DelDoT's plans for the repair of the swing-bridge over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal ???
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby motor1 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:24 pm

Looks like it's going to be history at least as far as active status. Once they retrieve the three cars currently at SPI, the bridge will be decommed.

http://www.capegazette.com/article/cool ... ned/137466

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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby Teutobergerwald » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:46 am

Sorry to see that go. You'd think the DelDoT would want to keep as many trucks as possible off Rte. 9, especially during the summer. Too bad SPI didn't offer to split the cost. Also, it seems like the state is going to spend more money on the trail than the cost of the bridge. I always thought Delaware was smarter than other states, but I guess not.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby riffian » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:19 pm

That was a non-starter from the jump. Its only one truck a day which isn't going to be noticed by anyone. That bridge was a cool little anachronism, but one which nobody is going to spend three million to repair. DelDot is perpetually short of funding with dozens of critical infrastructure projects unfunded. Fixing this little bridge for one infrequent customer would be a ridiculous waste of resources.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby Dick H » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:57 am

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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby RailVet » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:48 pm

The original plan was to move the cars to the bridge via hi-rail and winch them across to get them to a locomotive on active track, but that plan has been dropped. Instead, they'll be trucked out at some point.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby Teutobergerwald » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:27 am

I hope someone gets pics of the operation when it finally happens and shares them on here to close out this unique facet of U.S. railroading.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby gpp111 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:32 am

I suppose we are lucky that such an operation existed for as long as it did. Hopefully they leave the bridge in place and don't remove it. It is not a barrier to navigation.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby Teutobergerwald » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:24 pm

New article today on the capegazette.com regarding the Lewes trackage.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby motor1 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:53 pm

http://www.capegazette.com/article/futu ... fs&slide=3

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By Nick Roth
November 21, 2017

When three railroad tanker cars are hauled out of Lewes in the coming weeks, it will mark the end of an era. After more than 100 years, the railroad will be no more.

Preparations are already underway to remove the rail line from Savannah Road west to Fisher Road in Cool Spring, but the future of the lines within the city of Lewes is still up for debate.

Lewes Mayor and City Council held a workshop Nov. 14 to discuss the rail line, and Bob Perrine, DelDOT’s railroad program manager, presented city officials with options.

The city could preserve a small section of the railroad for its historic and cultural value or it could choose to have the entire line removed.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby motor1 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:47 pm

They came for the last three cars this morning.

http://www.capegazette.com/article/last ... wes/147993

A drone video captured the polished power, caboose, and tank cars as they rolled into the distance (and history). Thanks to the drone operator for this wonderful yet sad footage. Thank you, railroading, for being a part of Lewes. That said, I regret having never witnessed in person a train move in the Lewes/Rehoboth (or OCMD) area.

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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby BAR » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:49 pm

Maybe I missed it but how did they get the tank cars across the canal? I thought that the swing bridge could not be used.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby RailVet » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:41 pm

A few days prior to the Toys for Tots train on Saturday, Nov 4, the cars were removed from SPI Pharma, loaded onto large trucks, transported to a point just south of the canal, and put back on the tracks. This took several days. They then had to be checked to ensure they'd been put back together correctly (they'd been off their trucks, etc.) and, once that was done, it was okay to move them. That move came on Friday morning.
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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby BAR » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:18 am

Railvet,

Thanks for the information on the move. Very interesting.

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Re: DCL's Lewes Swing-bridge

Postby superman » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:27 am

http://www.capegazette.com/article/lewes-seeks-group-preserve-railroad-tracks/149093

Lewes seeks group to preserve railroad tracks
If no one steps up within a year, tracks will be removed

When Lewes Mayor and City Council voted to retain a small section of railroad tracks between the Lewes Public Library and the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, it assumed groups would be knocking at the door to preserve the tracks and tell the 148-year history of the railroad in Lewes.

But when no one stepped up, council started wondering if preserving the tracks was a good idea. With no interest in the city maintaining the tracks, council voted unanimously to establish a one-year deadline for groups to come forward.

“I think it will take time for a group to germinate and begin to get some traction,” said Mayor Ted Becker.

Becker was assured by Department of Transportation officials that the state will remove the tracks at no cost to the city if council decides it no longer wants to keep and maintain the tracks.


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