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Cape Cod Canal Railway Bridge

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Address: , Buzzards Bay, Bourne, MA
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A unique and beautiful bridge!

This is a true icon on Cape Cod, and a must see for all, especially railroad enthusiasts! When it was built in 1933, it was the longest vertical lift bridge in the world. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a true icon on Cape Cod, and a must see for all, especially railroad enthusiasts! When it was built in 1933, it was the longest vertical lift bridge in the world. It is now the second largest in the US. It is quite a sight to see the bridge lower and then raise again. This is a beautiful... More 

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Albion, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Although you can't walk on this bridge, it's fun to watch the entire bridge move up or down. There are very few of this style bridge still working anywhere. Normally, the bridge is in the UP position to allow the boat traffic to enter or leave the canal. Several times per day the bridge is lowered for a train to... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is one of my favorite places to walk. You can looking at whats floating along the canal or who is using the canal road. Plenty of people watching and a sight to see the train bridge down.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

While we were out walking along the cape cod canal we got to see the train bridge lower. We saw people starting to gather and lay coins on the track. We saw a commuter train then a dining train go by.

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Marion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great bike path and wonderful views of the canal and the boats coming and going. A good relaxing place to watch all the people coming and going.

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Middleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Me and my hubby love visiting the Cape Cod Canal Railway bridge area. Beautiful scenery, great place to take a long or short walk. Many people bring their bikes to ride there as well. There is a rule to walk and ride to the right of the center line. Respect walkers as well as bikers, and roller bladers too!! Watch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Great to sit out and watch the boats... the people, the wildlife or bike, walk or skate on the path....Great spot

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Cape Cod, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I'm lucky enough to live nearby and walk my dogs along this stretch of the Canal many mornings. I have seen the bridge go up/down too many times too count, including the train that crosses. About a month ago I saw 3 seals feeding in the center of the canal. During winter months you will see hundreds of eider ducks,... More 

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Clinton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The bridge marks the beginning of the Cape Cod canal walk, which allows walkers and bikers to share a trail along both sides of the canal. The bridge is lowered occasionally to allow the Cape Cod trains to cross the canal, and was built during the 1930's.

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New Bedford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Bring your camera and if you are lucky you will see the rail section of the bridge raised or lowered. It is cool to see a train pass over the canal but beware if it is the garbage train hold your nose. It is still fantastic. Bring your camera you will get great photo opportunities of the bridge with the... More 

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