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CRCX - Harsimus Branch Lift


Newark Av freight bridge from PATH

Photo by Jim Henderson

License: Public domain: Released by author

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BH Photo #314465


Street View 


This structure is one of a series of bridges constructed in the early twentieth century to carry railroad lines through northern New Jersey towards New York City. It is a vertical lift bridge, built so that water borne commerce along the Hackensack River would not be impeded by the railroad line. Originally constructed for the Penn Central Railroad as part of its project for bringing rail traffic into Manhattan, it is now owned by Conrail. This is a good example of movable bridge technology developed by American engineers in the early twentieth century.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Pratt through truss bridge over Hackensack River on Conrail Passaic & Harsimus Line
Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1920
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Conrail Shared Assets Operations (CRCX)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Pratt through truss
Also called
CRCX - Hackensack River Bridge
Conrail - Hackensack River Bridge
PRR - Hackensack River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74067, -74.08222   (decimal degrees)
40°44'26" N, 74°04'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/577489/4510375 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jersey City
Inventory number
BH 65676 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 5, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 27, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 25, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

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