Photos of railroad bridges - New York A-L

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Altamont The east pier of a bridge that used to span an unnamed creek around MP A19.5 on the old Albany & Susquehanna Railroad main, now the D&H Voorheesville Runner. (Altamont, NY, April 15, 2001)

Altamont The west pier. My 5'9" cousin serves as a reference for the height of the pier. The bridge was replaced by a fill. (Altamont, NY, April 15, 2001)

Altamont The west abutment. The old alignment continues into the distance through the trees, while the new alignment is off to the right -- the rails and ballast can be seen in the foliage gap where the red arrow is pointing. (Altamont, NY, April 15, 2001)

These four photos depict Catskill Mountain Railroad Bridge C-30, spanning Esopus Creek. Evident in the first and second photos are where one of the piers has been undercut and settled, lowering the west end of the second span (note the vertical failure plane in the pier the fly-fisherman is standing below). The last two photos are detail views depicting just how much settlement occurred (the steel was once level). The railroad will eventually apply for grant money to replace the structure so they can run a continuous 27-mile tourist line from Kingston to Phoenicia. (I was accompanied by a CMRR volunteer while making these photos.) (October 17, 2003)

CSX's "CP-Draw" crossing of Buffalo Creek. The 429-foot-long bridge was built in 1913, and it features a 164-foot bascule span. (October 29, 2002)

Buffalo Adjacent to CP-Draw is the abandoned N&W drawbridge over Buffalo Creek. (October 29, 2002)

Buffalo The original New York Central mainline crossed Buffalo Creek on this 404-foot-long bridge built in 1913, which features a 130-foot bascule span. Conrail shifted the mainline to its current alignment in the great "Buffalo Consolidation" of the early 1980s. (October 29, 2002)

Catskill Seen here is the old 3 1/2' gage Catskill Mountain Railway bridge over the Catskill Creek. The bridge is now a pedestrian footpath. (Catskill, NY, December 27, 2001)

Catskill This shot was taken from the old CMRR bridge. A northbound CSX manifest crosses high over the Catskill Creek on the old West Shore Railroad line. Note the unique piers, alternating between masonry and steel towers. (Catskill, NY, December 27, 2001)

Added 01-25-02
I stumbled across an illustration of the bridge as originally constructed for the New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad. The illustration shown there clearly depicts the masonry piers that are extant today; it seems that the steel towers were added at a later date when the bridge was rebuilt to handle heavier trains.

Charlotte This swing bridge carried an old New York Central line over the mouth of the Genesee River at Charlotte, NY. The line became known as the Ontario Industrial Track under Conrail ownership, and was abandoned years ago. The 318-foot bridge, built in 1905, is currently locked in the open position. (August 27, 2002)

Cohoes This sturdy bridge carries the D&H Colonie Main over the Mohawk River at Cohoes, NY. (April 07, 2002)

Feura Bush The New York Central contructed its Castleton Cutoff from Stuyvesant, NY to Hoffmans, NY in the early 1900s to ease traffic congestion in Albany. From Selkirk Yard west, the Cutoff used the grade of the West Shore Railroad. Seen here is a WSRR concrete arch constructed in Feura Bush, NY, in 1904. The Cutoff (and today's Selkirk Branch) pass about 100 feet to the north of this structure. (Feura Bush, NY, April 13, 2001)

Feura Bush A close-up view of the build date for the WSRR bridge. (Feura Bush, NY, April 13, 2001)

Fullers Two bridges on different grades span the Normanskill Creek at the outlet of the Watervliet Reservoir. The far bridge, carrying Track 1, was constructed in 1913 and features two 134-foot deck riveted truss spans and a 79-foot deck girder span for a total of 348 feet. The Track 2 bridge was constructed in 1927 in conjunction with the Castleton Cutoff, and consists of five deck girder spans totaling 433 feet, with the longest single span being 85 feet. (July 25, 2003)

Harpursville D&H train 216 is soaring high over Wylie Brook on Harpursville Trestle as it prepares to attack the grade up Belden Hill. The D&H Penn Division also used to bridge Wylie Brook at this location, but its bridge was removed years ago when a new NY Rte 7 bridge was built. Signs of the ROW are still extant, however. (Harpursville, NY, November 17, 2001)

Hoosick Falls During my winter break for the 2000-01 school year, I went with two pals for a railfanning trip on the Guilford between Mechanicville, NY, and the NY-VT border. We would have gone further if not for intercepting this westbound with Soo 6016 on the point. Here, it is leading the train across the Hoosic River in Hoosick Falls, NY. (January 04, 2001)

Hoosick Jct This span is just a few miles southwest, also over the Walloomsac River. Note the third bridge (behind the highway span) -- it's an ancient through truss! (Hoosick Jct, NY, December 29, 2001)

Kingston Wilbur Trestle, seen here shortly after sunrise, is an old West Shore RR structure soaring high above Rondout Creek on the south side of Kingston, NY. (December 28, 2001)

Kingston During my second session co-oping for CSXT Design & Construction, I had the opportunity to take my camera with me on a survey of the deck ties on Wilbur Trestle. I only had about five minutes at the very end of the day to return to the truck, retrieve my camera, walk back out onto the bridge, and capture these these two photos, along with a couple landscapes of the Rondout Creek valley. The bridges stretches 1,228 feet between abutments, and soars 90 feet over the creek. The two primary spans are a 142' deck riveted truss and a 270-foot through pin-connected truss; the structure was built in 1905. (The white lines on the outside of the web are the 50' survey marks we placed on the first of three days spent at the site. As it turned out, those three days would turn out to be the hottest and most humid of the summer!) (July 03, 2002)

Kingston A boat cruises up Rondout Creek on a hot summer afternoon. The suspension bridge in the distance carries Broadway Street over the creek. This photo was taken from Wilbur Trestle. (July 03, 2002)

Little Falls I was pleasantly surprized to find that the last time Bridge 214.82 had been painted was in 1955! The bridge spans Old Route 5 just east of CP-215 on the Mohawk Sub. (July 21, 2002)

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