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    Who can tell me the name of this bridge, where it's located and why its famous?

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    Thats the Pegasus bridge over the river Orne in Normady.

    It is a counter balance bridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    Who can tell me the name of this bridge, where it's located and why its famous?
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    The Bridge at Arnhem.

    Holland.

    This was THE Bridge Too far in OPERATION MARKET GARDEN September 1944.
    * this was a British objective of the operation. The 101ST Airborne made all of there assigned objectives.

    The failure to secure this bridge doomed the operation and the Allies were forced to withdraw, lengthening W W II , forcing the invasion of Europe via D-Day through France.

    Or Not.
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    Rick has it pegged.

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    Good story Billy, but if that campaign in Holland, was unsuccessful, how'd the picture come to be? BTW, notice the gliders in the background.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    It is a counter balance bridge?

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    We have a similar bridge here, that the engineers say is rusting where it shouldn't rust, where the 780 ton counterweights attach.
    "The Johnson Street Bridge was designed under the direction of Mr. F. M. Preston, City Engineer in 1920. This is a Bascule type bridge in which one end rises while a counter weight lowers on the opposite end. The Johnson Street Bridge has two separate Bascules, the Railway section and the Highway section. The Strauss Bascule Company Limited who held the patents on the design prepared the design for the bascule spans and the operating machinery. Joseph Strauss later went on to design the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The superstructure of the bridge was fabricated in Walkerville, Ontario and contains 100 tons of steel. The City of Victoria Engineering Department built the sub-structure of the bridge. It required 10,000 cubic yards of concrete. The main opening span is 148 feet in length and when in the open position is balanced over a 45-foot fixed span. The eastern approach is spanned by a 110-foot fixed girder while the western approach has a 73-foot fixed girder. The counter weight block on the highway span is a hollow concrete structure and contains a number of smaller concrete weights and tips the scale at over 780-tons. It balances the 350-ton opening span. The linkage is moved by two large racks which are driven by two 75 horsepower electric motors.
    The Johnson Street Bridge was completed at a cost of $918,000 and opened in January of 1924."

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    Rick is in first with the correct answer.
    I was afraid that glider in the background gave it away?

    Your prize is in the mail Rick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry McCarthy View Post
    Rick is in first with the correct answer.
    I was afraid that glider in the background gave it away?

    Your prize is in the mail Rick.
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    What No " Honorable Mention" ( also ran ) Ribbon ?
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    Prize, what prize. is this where they give away a Jerry Peck signed "Subpanel"


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    Now that is funny


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    "a Jerry Peck signed "Subpanel"


    How do I order, and how soon does it ship!


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    Here's a shot of the bridge in operation.

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    You guys are forgetting ... WC Jerry TOOK that photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
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    You guys are forgetting ... WC Jerry TOOK that photo.
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    So that must be You on the ladder in the foreground.
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