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Looking north toward Tunnel #3 from the south end of the trestle, showing the sad condition of the structure.
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Yes, IIRC, the Larkspur Creek bridge is, or was, the last hand cranked bascule bridge in service. It has some historic value in that respect.
I ditched school after lunch one day and wandered over here after hitting the TOwer Records. Found a tie plate lying around that I took home with me and have to this day.
Wow, too cool =D
Hand cranked!? Lord a mighty. Did anyone film that?
I believe that the last train rolled over that trestle and bridge in 1978, or so, to serve the Handy-Cup company. The company, since renamed, is still there. In those days a few cars each day were pushed over that trestle. The whole line was essentially a spur track. The nearest run-around was in San Rafael, where Anderson drive is now.
The bridge was kept closed five days per week, but late Friday afternoons a gang would arrive by speeder to open it. I was told that it took five men to hand crank that bridge open or closed.
The double track is a remnant of the NWP interurban commuter system (with DC third rail). That all ended February 29, 1944, if I remember my facts correctly. When operating, the ride from Fairfax to Sausalito took only about 15 minutes. Now they think they are going to bring back a similar system (called SMART) someday in the future. We'll see. I have my doubts that they can pull the money together for another money losing public transit system. They will be better off with an expanded network of bike trails.
Yes. You can't see it from the picture, but there's another trestle alongside this in an even worse condition
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