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Raising Your Sights with GeoTrax Bridges, Towers, and Gates
There are a number of bridges, towers, and specialty gates in the GeoTrax world. Many of them employ elevation track but aren’t really elevation sets, so I’m giving them special treatment here in a section of their own.
Some of these sets were reissued in changed colors over the years. Usually the accessories you get (if any) along with the featured item changed as well.
Below you can see a list of all the major bridges, towers, and gates in GeoTrax sets. To get an idea of how much you’d have to pay for each set, click the main picture or the link nearby to go to eBay or Amazon.
There are several trolleys in the GeoTrax world. The little guy shown here is unique to the Sky High Suspension Bridge set (C5216). He has an internal bell that will ring when you shake him or as you ride the rails with him.
This first version of the bridge was released in 2004 and was discontinued in 2007. There are several other versions that all came from the same molds but were created in different colors. The elevation track is the same green in all of them, but the supports underneath, the cables, and the upper posts can all change.
There are also other types of bridges in the GeoTrax world. This one is probably the simplest. The Rainbow Bridge (see below), for example, lights up in red, blue, and green.
A complete Sky High Suspension Bridge set consists of the following two items which are both shown in the picture.
- Sky High Suspension Bridge
- Trolley Car
With the appropriate pieces of elevation track, you can drive right through the upper level of the High Chimes Clock Tower (C5218) and hear a bell ring, a clock chime, or a Glockenspiel tune play. So you get quite a variety of features in this one rather simple piece.
You can rotate the circular disk near the top to hear three different chime tunes. The lower section with the green cross track can be easily removed so you can still drive through without the need for elevation tracks.
Listen to the Clock Tower. It’s the first video in the third playlist.
This version of the clock tower was released in 2004 and was discontinued in 2007. You can also find another fairly common similar tower in blue, instead of dark red.
A complete High Chimes Clock Tower set consists of the following two-section item as shown in the picture. No track pieces were included in the original set, though you may find that some resellers do add some to make it even more attractive.
- High Chimes Clock Tower (in 2 sections) (Requires 3 AAA batteries)
The Rainbow Bridge (J9520) has spires that light up in red, blue, and green. Drive over the bridge in your shiny, yellow sports car or under it in your personal yacht.
This set was released in 2006 and discontinued in 2007. See also sets K5057, K8378, K9442, and L5895, which feature this bridge in one way or another.
A complete set consists of the following items which are all shown in the picture. No track (other than the bridge span itself) was included in the original set.
- Rainbow Bridge (Requires 4 AAA batteries)
- Sports Car
The second release (2007) of the Sky High Suspension Bridge (L5893) turns the basic structure into a toll bridge complete with badge-toting toll booth worker.
The other main changes involve the colors. The uprights of this edition are yellow instead of red. The suspension cables are white instead of yellow. The four supports under the bridge are a shade of blue instead of gray.
The toll booth worker replaces the trolley car.
A complete second version of the Sky High Suspension Bridge includes these items.
- Sky High Suspension Toll Bridge
- Toll Booth Operator
The Lighted Bridge with Figure (L5895) set is actually the 3rd release of the Rainbow Bridge (J9520). As you can see, it comes in new colors, which I actually prefer to the originals.
The yellow car looks sleeker than the old one, and having someone (the "figure") to drive it is nice too.
This Toys R Us exclusive was apparently produced in 2007 and consists of these pieces.
- Bridge (Requires 4 AAA batteries)
- Sports Car
The High Chimes Clock Tower returns in different colors – now, mostly blue – and with different chimes.
Set L5897 includes a little dude whose duties remain uncertain. Perhaps he is there to keep the tower in working order.
Like the original maroon clock tower (above), this one come apart as an upper and a lower section. It does not include any track either.
The complete set includes these 2 (or 3, depending on how you count) pieces.
- Clock Tower (in 2 sections)
- Clock tower worker
The Switchin’ Signs Covered Bridge (M2100) is a fairly large, one-piece set. You get the bridge itself (no track to get up to it) and four supports to raise it above the ground.
When a train or other vehicle passes through the bridge, the triptych of signs on the front should flip to a new scene. The red, yellow, and white flags on the roof also spin to a new direction.
The mechanism that does this is a bar on the inside that the train pushes as it passes by.
The complete set then includes these pieces.
- Covered Bridge
- 4 Supports
The first release of the Crossing Gate (P8457) included the Lookout Team of Seeker and Sighter. It seems the engine is called Seeker, and the engineer is Sighter.
When a train crosses the intersection on the rail track, the gates fall, the lights flash, and you hear the traditional clanging warning sounds associated with a train crossing.
This first release of the Sights and Sounds Crossing Gate was produced in 2009. It includes the following items. (Two of the track pieces are not shown in the photo above.)
- Crossing Gate (Requires 1 AA battery)
- Engine (Seeker)
- Engineer (Sighter)
- 3 Curved Elevation Rail Tracks
- 2 Special Short Elevation Road Tracks
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