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Erie-Attica Trail - Genesee River Bridge

Photos 

The River is running very high with the western abutment half under water.

Photo taken by Patrick J. McCormick in March 2011

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BH Photo #195513

Map 

Description 

Constructed over the Genesee River on the Erie R.R. (later Erie-Lackawanna R.R. and ConRail) Avon to Attica Branchline. Even though this branchline had been freshly ballasted along with major tie replacement by the E-L Railroad in 1975, it was promptly abandoned after the ConRail takeover in 1976. NOTE: As I recall, the rumor at the time had the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad strongly interested in purchasing this branchline from ConRail in 1976, but ConRail chose to scrap the line rather than give the LA&L an additional connection with competitor Chessie System.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Genesee River
Location
Caledonia, Livingston County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Construction on newest branch of the Genesee Valley The Genesee Valley Greenway Trail from the main trail in the Town of Caledonia eastward into the Village of Avon has been completed and available to the public. This trestle now has an eleven foot wide deck of pressure treated lumber and is open for trail use.
History
Used on the Erie R.R. (later Erie-Lackawanna R.R.) Avon to Attica Branchline.
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Deck width: 11.0 ft.
Also called
Erie - Genesee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.92267, -77.75725   (decimal degrees)
42°55'22" N, 77°45'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/274972/4755916 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Caledonia
Inventory number
BH 48444 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • December 14, 2013: New photo from Patrick J. McCormick
  • November 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: GPS fix
  • November 22, 2013: Updated by Patrick J. McCormick: This trestle now has a new eleven foot wide wooden deck and is open to the public for trail use.
  • September 3, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Erie Railroad"
  • March 20, 2011: New photos from Patrick J. McCormick
  • March 19, 2011: Added by Patrick J. McCormick

Sources 

  • Patrick J. McCormick - pbem [at] rochester [dot] rr [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Erie-Attica Trail - Genesee River Bridge
Posted January 27, 2017, by Anonymous

Seems a likely candidate for having been a replacement for an earlier wooden bridge. The Rochester and Attica Branch, Conesus to Caledonia, is said to have been opened in 1853. The Pratt truss was invented a bit before this date, but, considering that the original Portage High Bridge was built in 1852, and it was a wooden structure, then seems likely that there was an older one here.

The tops of the abutments appear to have been raised some. The steel rest upon concrete but the abutments are of limestone. Perhaps the approaches were made higher so as to be further above the flood plain. I wonder if the odd massing of the abutments was to provide for greater stability in the even of flooding, which was routinely severe on the Genesee.

There are recesses carved into the abutments. Possibly being an attempt to shore up an older bridge which was being subjected to heavier loads as time went on.