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PRSL - Grassy Sound Bridge

Photos 

GrassySoundPrrTrainOnBrdg.jpg

Predecessor A-frame drawbridge

WestJerseyHistory.org

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BH Photo #315653

Map 

Description 

Bridge built 1912-13 replacing earlier A-frame drawbridge. Passenger service abandoned end of 1972; freight service embargoed June 1974; formal abandonment granted by ICC 1976 and track removed 1977. Demolition started by private property owner who bought right-of-way but aborted; reports indicate part or all of the main span was dropped into the sound, and remained for years afterwards. A crane remains abandoned on the remaining western abutment portion of the bridge.

It should be noted that access to this bridge's remains, though it appears to be a public path from the Wildwood end, is technically private property, and the owner is rumored to not take lightly to trespassing. Use discretion if attempting to visit.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Grassy Sound on former Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
Location
West Wildwood, Cape May County, New Jersey
Status
Partially but incompletely demolished
History
Built 1913 (railroad records say 1912); Abandoned 1974; demolition started but aborted by private property owner
Builder
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Atlantic City Railroad (ACR)
- Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines (PRSL)
- West Jersey & Seashore Railroad (WJ&S)
- Wildwood & Delaware Bay Short Line Railroad (W&DSL)
Design
Rolling lift bascule, reportedly 57', with 147-foot and 200-foot trestle approaches
Dimensions
Total length: 404.0 ft.
Also called
W&DSL - Grassy Sound Bridge
WJ&S Wildwood Bridge
Grassy Sound RR Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00781, -74.82974   (decimal degrees)
39°00'28" N, 74°49'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/514741/4317657 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Stone Harbor
Inventory number
BH 61113 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 12, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 12, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Photos and details added
  • May 28, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: corrected a few details; added track diagram photo
  • February 10, 2015: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • February 10, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 30, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed RR to last user, PRSL wasn't merged into Conrail
  • May 30, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Comments 

PRSL - Grassy Sound Bridge
Posted April 11, 2018, by Johnny Gazick (johnny_g21 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It is great seeing these pictures as my family and I grew up here and actually almost died on this bridge in circa 1968 while fishing off of it with my family. An unscheduled train came through and my father dislocated his ankle while running with me and trying to make it off of the other side. (similar to the scene from the movie "stand by me". My mother and sister climbed off of the side and hung on to while the train went by. I guess I was 2 years old.

PRSL - Grassy Sound Bridge
Posted May 28, 2015, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Actually, the PRSL was indeed merged into Conrail, but the line that bridge was on was not part of the property transferred to Conrail. I think NJ Transit ended up taking over the right-of-way "just in case".