Sepia Saturday - Dr. Suess Explains Bridges

New bridges, Old Bridges
Train bridges, Car bridges
High Bridges, Low Bridges
Green bridges, Black bridges

Oh! Which bridge is which?

Photo and Postcard: CrazyasaCoolFox

On the left is the old Boston and Maine (B&M) rail trestle. It's no longer in use , it's swing span is cabled and welded open. Both the rail bridge and Green bridge's swing spans were controlled from the Green bridge tender's house located high in the center span. There has been talk of expanding MBTA commuter rail to Portsmouth, NH. If the plan goes through it would use this trestle.

On the postcard right, is the Green Bridge named that because it was painted green. It was demolished in 1974 when the new Bossy Gillis Bridge was completed. Some of you might remember I did a post on the Green bridge entitled, "The Bridge of Death." Check it out when you have a chance, it's a funny story.

The butt end of the rail bridge is exposed in the newer photo because the embankment was removed to accommodate the Clipper City Rail Trail.
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Uapa said…
I litterally love pictures like that!
To confront old ones and new ones :-)
I've been away for a while, but I always keep an eye on this crazy-cool-adorable blog!
Have a nice weekend :-)
DougVernX said…
Thanks so much Uapa! I'm very grateful for your support. :)
Wendy said…
I enjoyed seeing the old and new bridges side by side. The Bridge of Death story was funny. There used to be an old wooden bridge nearby that was in service way too long, but the sound and sensation of bumping across those planks gave the bridge a certain charm. Still, I'm glad for the 4-lane replacement!
Postcardy said…
It looks like there was a bridge between the bridges.
Bob Scotney said…
You have a thing about bridges, Doug. Every one can tell a story,
21 Wits said…
The bridge of death sounds interesting! These photos are great! ...and it's amazing just how well so many of those older bridges were built!
Christine H. said…
I think we can proclaim you the King of Bridges. I love these old bridge postcards and the stories behind them.

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