Late last summer, my son Charlie came to visit me from his home in Tampa, Florida. While driving around the Cape, I showed him one of my favorite little spots, the parking lot at the base of the Cape Cod railroad bridge at the end of Bell Rd. in Bourne.
There are great views of the Cape Cod canal and the many boats and ships that ply its waters. You can see the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the other side, and on Cape side, you'll see people fishing all day.
On the day we were there, we heard a loud bell and suddenly the railroad bridge slowly began to descend. We were about to witness the suspended section of track meet the sections on each side of the canal for a dinner train to pass by.
Here is a demonstration of how that works, along with some facts about the bridge, from our friends at the Cape Cod Times.