Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Driving Backward Over The Overhead Bridge

For those of us who are older, the RT13 bridge across the railroad tracks in North Salisbury is called the Overhead bridge.  The northbound span of the bridge was built in 1930 as an outcome of a number of auto/train accidents at this intersection of RT13 and the railroad tracks.  The State reason for building the bridge is referred to as the Maryland State Highway administration Grade elimination program, meaning they wanted to do away with at-grade railroad crossings. The bridge is a metal girder, two span bridge with an H-20 design.  The southbound span was built in 1951. 

The bridge is perhaps the highest elevation in Wicomico County.  When the bridge was first built the early model cars had difficulty driving up the steep grade of the bridge.  This was due to not only the lower powered engines and gear ratios of the time but because most cars had gravity feed gas tanks instead of fuel pumps.  Typical of the era was the Ford Model T.  It had a 10 gallon fuel tank mounted under the front seat and if the tank was low on fuel it would tilt in a direction so gravity could not make the fuel flow to the engine.  So in the early days of the Overhead bridge drivers would turn around and back over the bridge allowing the fuel to run to the engine and the reverse gears of the Model T offered more power than the forward gears, by backing up, it functioned in the same way as today's front wheel drive vehicles - pull rather than push.

Perhaps all those drivers going in reverse over hills and bridges created the expression don't know if he going or coming.



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

The 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center and Allen Country Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind.  from August 21-24.
An estimated 1,500 genealogical experts and researchers from across the country will have the unique opportunity to research from over a million files and microform sources at the Genealogy Center at the Allen Country Public Library, which owns the second largest database of genealogical files in the United States.

The group will also participate in several social gatherings and planned events, including a Welcome Party, Opening Social and Society Showcase Live. More information on these events can be found at www.fgsconference.com

The 2013 FGS conference will provide a nice bump to Fort Wayne's local economy, bringing in a projected $1.3 million dollars in direct spending.

The conference returns to Fort Wayne for a second time and first time since 2007. It had recently been held in such cities as Philadelphia, Boston, Salt Lake City and Austin

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

DHAS Meeting Thursday Night

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society will meet at 7 PM at the old movie theater downtown Delmar on Thursday August 8th.  Besides the business meeting we will have a show and tell where members will bring something old to show and discuss with the members.