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Comment by Dave S. on June 5, 2017 at 2:09pm

I thought the rowboat days were over forever.  Even if the "Conleys" are not locking into position automatically, the bridge should still open and close from either approach.

See:

http://nwprr.net/video/ncra-blackpointbridge

Comment by Richard C. Brand on June 5, 2017 at 1:58pm

All of this except maybe the Connelley adj will have to be performed in the dead of winter at night when SMART starts running?  Otherwise they will have to tie down at the Y both outbound and in.

Row row row your boat.....

Comment by Steve Atnip on June 5, 2017 at 12:42pm

I also heard that when a hot sun is on one side it warps....connelley adjustment via sledgehammer

Comment by James Caestecker on June 5, 2017 at 9:22am

They are still working on the automation.  It's actuated by a button located somewhere on the bridge approaches.  They are still having trouble getting the bridge to line up exactly by itself.  Currently, the Utility Employee (See the white truck) has to go walk down the approach, climb a ladder, get in a row boat, row to the bridge, then operate the bridge from the middle.  They usually have to stomp on the rails to ensure they slide into their keepers.

Comment by Dave S. on June 2, 2017 at 1:25pm

Isn't the bridge fully automated now?  Can the bridge be operated from the locomotive cab?  Who makes sure there's no river traffic before closing the span.  That pickup truck looks suspiciously like a signal maintainer's truck.

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