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Lehigh Valley Trail - Wadsworth Junction Bridge

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Wadsworth Junction Bridge

Facing east, the bridge crosses the Genesee River at the location known as Wadsworth Junction, where the Lehigh Valley RR and Pennsylvania RR crossed. If you examine the photo carefully, you might wonder where the trains actually travelled, given the diagonal metalwork above the modern trail. The trains traveled across the top of the bridge!

Photo taken by Paige Miller in October 2004

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BH Photo #249410

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Description 

The Lehigh Valley Railroad built this bridge over the Genesee River in 1891, giving them a connection from New York City (actually Newark, NJ) to Buffalo, NY. The bridge was closed to railroad traffic in 1976, and the rails were removed shortly thereafter. Now this bridge, and all of the Lehigh Valley railroad right-of-way in Monroe County, is a part of the Lehigh Valley Trail.

Wadsworth Junction is the name of the junction where the Lehigh Valley Rairoad crossed over the Pennsylvania Railroad. This bridge carried the Lehigh Valley RR not only over the Genesee River but also over the Pennsylvania RR. A very long trestle on the east side of the river, and a shorter trestle on the west side of the river, carried the Lehigh Valley RR above the river valley; stone supports of this long trestle remain today.

Facts 

Overview
Truss bridge over Genesee River on Lehigh Valley Railroad
Location
Monroe County, New York, and Genesee County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1896
Railroads
- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Warren deck truss
Also called
LV - Genesee River Bridge
Lehigh Valley Trail - Genesee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.98443, -77.73175   (decimal degrees)
42°59'04" N, 77°43'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/277277/4762707 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rush
Inventory number
BH 55610 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2013: Updated by Paige Miller: grammatical correction
  • February 21, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type & Categories.
  • February 21, 2013: Added by Paige Miller

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Comments 

Wadsworth Junction Bridge
Posted February 22, 2013, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

re: pedestrian walkway

If there were still trains running over the top of the structure, there would be serious worries. But the bridge is massively over-built for the service it sees now.

Wadsworth Junction Bridge
Posted February 21, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fascinating...They removed a leg of the bracing in each panel to allow for a pedestrian walkway to be installed. Never seen anything quite like this!