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Re: delray area trackage
Regarding the Black River bridge at Port Huron, I can't say for sure. When I first started with C&O in 1970, I was sent to PH to train on the operator's job which was in a small yard office right by the boat slip. Part of the assignment was to operate the lift bridge as needed. As part of my training, we went over to the tower in the middle of the night and I had to lower and then raise the bridge. At that time, when the train from Saginaw arrived, they would lower the bridge sometimes and use it as head room to double the inbound train into the yard tracks. I believe there were still a couple of customers on the north side of the river at that time as well. The next time I worked at PH was in 1976 and they were no longer using the bridge. So, my best guess is some time in the early 70's may have been the last time, unless it was lowered for maintenance or other government requirements. Port Huron was an interesting place to work with both the rail and the marine elements! I fully understand that this answer will not win me the $64.
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