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Roundup: Railroad Bridge, Rims & Tires …


The first time you see the William F. Cribari Bridge swing into action — it opens laterally, and is the last of its kind in the state — it’s fun.

The second through 99th times, it’s less fun. That’s because you’re stuck in traffic, on either side of the Saugatuck River.

It’s far less common to see the railroad bridge — a few yards downriver — open up.

And unless you’re sitting on a train, it’s a view to enjoy. Here’s a shot from yesterday, courtesy of Judith Katz.

(Photo/Judith Katz)


Remember the “06880” photo in July of a car at the Westport train station, with all 4 tires and rims removed? Or a similar one 2 days earlier, at the Wilton Road parking garage?

Thee was a similar theft nearby.

Both occurred in broad daylight. But thanks to collaborative work with area law enforcement agencies experiencing similar crimes, on Thursday Westport Police arrested Shawn Oliphant, 39, of Greenwich.

He was charged with larceny in the 3rd and 4th degrees, and held on a $50,000 bond.

Westport train station theft. (Photo/Frank Rosen)


We can’t always see nature’s wondrous, beautiful ways. Thankfully, we have Michelle Harmon — and today’s “Westport … Naturally” image.

(Photo/Michelle Harmon)


And finally … Jimi Hendrix died on this date in 1970. The groundbreaking guitarist was 27 years old — the same age as Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse when they died.

Pic Of The Day #1385

Saugatuck River railroad bridge (Drone photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

Friday Flashback #158

Most Friday Flashbacks show how much our town changes over the years.

This one demonstrates how much it stays the same.

The aerial photo of the I-95 and railroad bridges seems like it could have been taken yesterday. In fact, it’s from 1977 — more than 40 years ago.

There’s something very familiar and reassuring about this shot.

Time marches on. But some parts of Westport are timeless.

(Hat tip: Seth Schachter)


Photo Challenge #152

A dozen “06880” readers knew exactly where last week’s photo challenge was.

They just couldn’t agree on how to describe its location.

Patricia McMahon’s image showed the badly corroded trestles of the railroad bridge that crosses the Saugatuck River near the train station. Some described it as Ferry Lane. Others called it Railroad Place. One just said it was near Donut Crazy.

Hey, Seth Schachter, Bob Knoebel, Jay Tormey, Peter Hirst, Seth Goltzer, Scott Brodie, Wendy  Cusick, Dominique Dwor-Frecaut, Michael Brennecke, Andrew Colabella, Suzanne Tager Obsitnik and Seth Braunstein — you’re all right! It seems Ferry Lane West turns into Railroad Place right under the bridge.

Which, by the way, sorely needs a name. Any suggestions? (Click here to see the photo of the bridge you’re naming.)

Now: Can you name this week’s photo challenge? If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Dana Kuyper)

Pic Of The Day #217

Railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #182

The I-95 and railroad bridges in Saugatuck. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Pic Of The Day #139

Rusting railroad bridge (Photo/Amy Schneider)