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Niagara River Tonawanda Island Railroad Bridge

Photos 

Looking West

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in July 2016

Enlarge

BH Photo #358288

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Dimensions are estimates

Bridge taken out of service after repeated failed Federal Railroad Administration inspections; ordered closed late 1995, last use Feb. 1996 to clear off RR equipment on island. All track removed from island ca, 2004.

Reports indicate bridge was also a road bridge, supposedly the only one to the island until the late 1960s.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned swing through truss bridge over Little River on TIRLRR & Road
Location
Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1886, abandoned 1996 after failed safety inspection
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central & Hudson River Railroad (NYC&HR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Tonawanda Island Railroad (TIRL)
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 166.0 ft.
Total length: 424.0 ft.
Deck width: 158.0 ft.
Also called
PC Bridge B18-C
CR Bridge B18-C
TIRL - Tonawanda Island Bridge
The Shoots Bridge
NYC Bridge B18-C
Bridge 7708810
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.02672, -78.88182   (decimal degrees)
43°01'36" N, 78°52'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/672577/4765958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tonawanda West
Inventory numbers
CR Bridge B18-C
PC Bridge B18-C
NYC Bridge B18-C
BH 72428 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build date
  • July 13, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 11, 2016: Updated by Luke: Noted that the bridge used to be rail-and-road
  • July 11, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 4, 2016: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Douglas Butler
  • Railroad.Net Discussion - discusses both swing bridges in area

Comments 

Tonawanda Island Railroad Bridge
Posted July 12, 2016, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is over the Little river (Niagara River). I believe you are referring to the bridge over the canal.

Royce

Niagara River Tonawanda Island Railroad Bridge
Posted July 12, 2016, by Luke

Douglas, this bridge and the bridge over Tonawanda Creek are two similar but different bridges in the same general vicinity.