Posted by Dan Nelson on March 8, 2014 
Hard to believe this is 2014. A 24/7 manned swing bridge with a well maintained tower? This is a fascinating scene, but it's the workers on the tower and in front of the fence that bring the shot up to the level of exceptional in my opinion.
Posted by Carl Massart on March 8, 2014 
Boy that bridge doesn't look like it is in to good of shape. I imagine there is a speed restriction crossing that structure.
Posted by jdayrail on March 9, 2014 
Great photo Troy. You captured a neat moment. When I lived in Tampa in the late 1980s, there were still a few semaphore signals between Gibsonton and farther south toward Palmetto, paralleling Highway 41. I wonder if they have survived to today?
Posted by Troy Nolen on March 9, 2014 
jdayrail: no more semaphores. There were semaphores on all the drawbridges in the area up through the mid 80's or so, they were replaced with fixed approach lighted signals and USS tri-lights which indicate red when the bridges are not lined and green when they are. With the exception of the signal at the Hillsborough River span which was just removed and not replaced. The circuit at the Little Manatee River swing bridge has been giving CSX fits lately. The last few times I have gone down there, the circuit will not show clear when the bridge is lined so the conductor has to walk the span and verify it is lined and locked, then the train can proceed.
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