No matter your politics the Bush movable bridge is a fantastic photo location if you can ever find the way to get out there. More accessible from a public boat launch on the south side the Bush movable bridge is only scheduled the open on Saturdays between May and September, once in the morning and once in the evening and only if boats are waiting. This low degree of usage allows Amtrak to prioritize the structure for rail traffic and opening the small bascule span requires the rails to be unbolted by MoW crews.
After an unrelated visit to Susquehannock State Park I tried to catch the Saturday evening opening, but alas arrived too late for it, if it even happened at all. However I was able to get some great photos of the bridge and a couple of Amtrak trains that passed over it. You can find these and other photos right here.
We begin with southbound Amtrak Silver Service train with HHP-8 #659 crossing the bridge.
Here we see a video of Amtrak Regional Train #163 with AEM-7 #936 heading southbound over the Bush River drawbridge. Note the noise of the train hitting the drawspan.
In this video we see Amtrak Regional Train #192 with AEM-7 #909 heading northbound over the bridge.
If you are wondering where all the white gunk and sticks came from here on the northbound home signal of BUSH interlocking the perpetrator is sitting standing atop his or her handiwork. As you can see PRR position light signals make for great Osprey habitat.
View through the concrete arches on the Bush Bridge.
Zoom shot through the other set of arches as a boat passes under the closed draw span.
Video showing the light playing off the water under the bridge.
Southbound Acela Express with power car #2033 heading over the bridge.
I'll finish with another shot of the Osprey using his zoom vision to check out me while I use mine to take a photo of him.
Next week its time for another trip to New Hampshire.