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Somerset Railroad West Jackson Street Trestle

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Photo taken by Mike Niethe

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BH Photo #355561

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Description 

This trestle clearly isn't historic. It's notable because it is so high, long and it curves over a deep gulf. It crosses both Eighteen Mile Creek and West Jackson Street in the City of Lockport. The trestle is owned by the Somerset Railroad. Trains pulling coal cross this trestle enroute to the Kintigh Generating Station (commonly called the Somerset Power Plant) located about 15 miles north of here on the shore of Lake Ontario.

This trestle is about a quarter mile west (downstream) from the International Railway Company trestles listed on this website.

This trestle was the scene of a derailment on September 29, 2002. Five hoppers fully loaded with coal went off the trestle and crashed to the roadway below narrowly missing a car that had just passed. No one was hurt but there was a lengthy cleanup of coal in and around the roadway and creek. I noticed that trains passing through the area are moving noticeably slower than they did in the 1980's.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over West Jackson Street and Eighteen Mile Creek
Location
Lockport, Niagara County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built around 1983
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.18412, -78.70297   (decimal degrees)
43°11'03" N, 78°42'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/686670/4783822 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 72562 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

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Built 1983 (59)
Built during 1980s (524)
Have street view (22,091)
Lockport, New York (15)
Modern (1,668)
New York (3,177)
Niagara County, New York (61)
Open (36,590)
Owned by railroad (9,826)
Railroad (13,091)

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: set Pin in right location
  • June 22, 2016: Added by Mike Niethe

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