Motor from Coos Bay swing span bridge moved to railway museum

The motor that operated the swing span bridge has a new home at the Oregon Coast Historical Railway museum after the manager says it almost plummeted into the ocean. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. - The motor that operated the swing span bridge has a new home at the Oregon Coast Historical Railway museum after the manager says it almost plummeted into the ocean.

Dick Jamsguard said the Port of Coos Bay "had to take it out, the building it was in fell 5 feet. They are rebuilding the bridge at this time," he said. "We're a museum of mostly Coos County items - rail and logging - and it's worked in Coos County since 1912, so it's like keeping it home."

Jamsgard said he plans to fix it up and build an enclosure around it.

The 22,000 pound motor operated the bridge back in 1912 to 1948.

He said they are seeking museum volunteers as the museum expands.

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