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EL - Passaic River Bridge

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E&LW - Passaic River Bridge

Passaic NJ

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #298578

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Description 

A unique swing bridge on the original Erie main powered by a coal-fired steam boiler. After the Erie and DL&W merged in 1960, the railroads were looking to consolidate their lines in this region and the city of Passaic was seeking to reduce the traffic jams caused by trains using this route. Thus, the old main was cut in 1963 and replaced by the DL&W line several miles south. BE Draw was removed the following year.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Passaic River on Erie Lackawanna RR
Location
Rutherford, Passaic County, New Jersey, and Bergen County, New Jersey
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1892
Railroads
- Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
Design
Pratt through truss swing
Also called
Erie - Passaic River Bridge
EL - BE Draw
Erie - BE Draw
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.84683, -74.12113   (decimal degrees)
40°50'49" N, 74°07'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/574085/4522125 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 63346 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 25, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Fixed railroad and added historical information
  • October 6, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

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