Unusual Finds

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The bridge with the notorious reputation for wreaking havoc on unwary truckers and known as the 'can opener' by locals in Durham has been raised - slightly - and replaced.  The steel from the 11 ft 8 inch clearance bridge is being recycled by Always Buying Scrap - and who knows, it may even be turned into can openers after reprocessing. In an unusual twist, we've sold one piece of the destructive bridge to Ripley's Believe it or Not. 

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If you think this looks like something from Neptune’s garden, you’re on the mark. These are heavy duty underwater lights. They are cast in brass with tough pyrex glass to stand up to underwater pressure and the temperature differential between the heat of the bulb and the surrounding water. Designed to be fully adjustable and with broad feet so it won’t fall over if disturbed by a water current - or it can be bolted down - the top bolts open to provide access to the bulbs.

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The latest unusual arrival at the Always Buying Scrap yard is nothing less than a fire truck.  Built in Amlin, Ohio by the Sutphen Corporation the fire-engine red Sutphen Deluge fire truck can be seen at the yard near the English double-decker bus.  Sutphen was founded in 1890 and is the United States' oldest continuously owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturer.  It has been making the Deluge fire truck since 1979 and this model was made up until the mid-Nineties.

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The latest unusual find at Always Buying Scrap is a steel jumbo bingo machine.  For those who may not have played Bingo, each player is issued a bingo card with 25 squares with numbers randomly printed in the squares.  At the front, a Bingo caller turns the bingo machine full of numbered balls, and one of them emerges.  Players cross off that number on their sheet, if their number comes up.  The first player to get five squares in a row wins the game.

The bingo machine randomizes the balls that come out of the machine so that everyone has a fair chance at winning a game. 

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Last journey for an old bus

One unusual item belonging to Always Buying Scrap is a 1953 AEC (Associated Equipment Company) RT3 double decker bus.  We acquired the bus from a gentleman who was moving to Panama . He said that if we paid to tow it to Durham from Wake Forest, we could have it.  The bus has come full circle in a way. It had been around Durham for quite some time as a shuttle bus for The Academy of Math and Science, until they deemed it unsafe because it had no door at the foot of the stairway to the upper level. The bus sat for a while somewhere on Geer Street when it apparently made it into the hands of The Flying Circus British Cars on Pettigrew Street.

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This lantern is an example of the kind of small knicknacks you can find at the yard for decorating your home or providing accent pieces.  The lantern was made in the UK and was originally manufactured to search ships that had been torpedoed and where there was a risk of fire.  Similar to the original Davy lamp that went on to be used in the coal mining industry, this lamp is a brass oil lamp that still works.  


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