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SNC - Hadley Bridge


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Deck truss bridge over Sacandaga River on Delaware & Hudson RR
Hadley, Saratoga County, New York
Open to traffic
Built 1943 to replace earlier 1894 truss bridge; coincides with building of Tahawus Extension and ore shipments
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Patrick J. Delay
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Delaware & Hudson Railway (DH)
- Saratoga & North Creek Railway (SNC)
Main Span: Warren deck truss with all verticals
Approach Spans: 4 deck plate girders
Total length: 516.0 ft.
Also called
DH - Sacandaga River Bridge
CP - Sacandaga River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.31344, -73.84497   (decimal degrees)
43°18'48" N, 73°50'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/593665/4796270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Luzerne
Inventory number
BH 57966 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 7, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 7, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 15, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Updated railroad
  • May 1, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated Truss design
  • September 12, 2013: Added by Frank Hicks

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SNC - Hadley Bridge
Posted January 1, 2021, by Laura Delay (lauradelay [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey Brendan, I went on a hunt today and found the Hadley Bridge. Do you recall where the mason's marks were? I'm eager to find those once the snow and ice clear and capture pictures. If you have any idea which abutment it is on and what side, that would be very helpful. Thanks, Laura

SNC - Hadley Bridge
Posted March 19, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds like he was an exceptional man!

SNC - Hadley Bridge
Posted March 19, 2019, by Brendan Edward Delay (brendandelay [at] ameritech [dot] net)

Edward Delay kept track of and visited his grandfather's stone bridges.

He himself was trained as a dry wall stone mason and a cement block mason earlier in life.

Obituary Condolences

Edward Delay Obituary

Edward Vincent Delay SARATOGA SPRINGS - Edward Vincent Delay passed away on October 1, 2014. He was born in this city Feb. 28, 1932 to his father of the same name and Mary Donohue Delay, a legal stenographer who once worked for Senator Brackett, then for his nephew’s law firm, Brackett, Eddy and Dorsey. His grandfather, Patrick J. Delay of County Cork stock, in 1907 constructed the masterpiece Stone Arch Bridge over Geyser Brook for the Hudson Valley Railway as master mason for the Delaware & Hudson Railway; but 11 years later sacrificed his life to save his men from being crushed by the negligent movement of a steam locomotive on McArty Avenue viaduct in Albany. Patrick’s son, Edward V. Delay, at the time was the Ass’t Director of the War Trade Intelligence Bureau in Washington, D.C., later enlisting as a private, later promoted to Lieutenant, serving in the New York National Guard until 1925; returning to Saratoga as proprietor of the E.V. Delay Mfg. Co., which carried his family in prosperity through the depression and WWII. Residents may recall the 1948 Cadillac given to him on his 16th Birthday by his father. Edward married one of his Schenectady meter reading customers, Annie Gallagher, an honors nursing graduate of Leicester University, Certified Midwife and native of Belfast, N.I. Ten children followed, Timothy, Brendan, the late Neal, Mary, Frances, Erin, Moira, Kieran, Owen and Dermuid. Edward furthered the building skills of his Delay and Gaffney ancestors, building 42 homes in Syracuse, also initiating the volunteer effort to repaint the interior of the large Most Holy Rosary School. Sympathetic to the Spa City’s long decline, when working for the Anheuser Busch Corporation, he convinced it in the early 1980’s to purchase beer cans for its Baldwinsville brewery from the Ball Corporation plant in the Grande Industrial Park, and then even to mail its shipping invoices from the Saratoga Post Office, rather than Baldwinsville. On trips, he even took his personal mail from Syracuse to Saratoga to mail at the Broadway Post Office, buying stamps there. With resourceful imagination, in the early 1980’s he saved the dormant Spring Water Bottling Plant from liquidation, persuading Anheuser Busch to buy it for water as a beverage. He saved many jobs.

SNC - Hadley Bridge
Posted February 25, 2019, by Brendan Delay (brendanedwarddelay [at] gmail [dot] com)

The south pier stones just under the ties have the mason's marks of Patrick J. Delay, my great-grandfather, who was a stone mason for the Delaware & Hudson Railway. He finished his career as the Boss Stone Mason. My father found the mason's marks in the early 1970's and I located them in 2015 and 2016. Here is an article about his construction of an arch interurban railroad bridge in Saratoga County in 1907.





Difficult task for Workman at

Formel Property




Work Preparatory to Connecting Tracks on New Saratoga-Schenectady

Line-Many Visitors

The preparatory work for connecting the trolley tracks of the Delaware & Hudson on the Formel property, south of the village is going on rapidly. The building of an addition to the culvert over the Geyser’s Brook was the most difficult part of the undertaking. That part of the work is in charge of Patrick Delay, master mason for the Delaware & Hudson, and the foundation work is about completed. Soon the arch will spring into shape, when the filling into a level with the present tracks will be comparatively easy.

Many visitors have been attracted to the spot since the work started, and most of them wondered how Mr. Delay would get that swift running stream out of his way while building the culvert. A solid foundation for the south side of the culvert was secured by blasting into a ledge of slate rock which rises abruptly on that side of the stream. To secure an equally good foundation on the north side necessitated forcing the brook out of its natural channel and running it into a new one. This was accomplished by a sluiceway, built of stout plank and boards, about eight feed wide, three feet deep and a hundred feet long.

One end of the sluiceway was run a short distance into the eastern end of the old culvert, the water forced into it, this artificial channel, carrying the stream completely out of the workmen’s way, and discharging it about a hundred feet further down stream.

Recent rains have largely increased the volume of water, which rushed down the new wooden bed with an angry roar, as if resenting the liberties which Mr. Delay had taken with it, forming a foaming cataract, as it tumbled into its old channel and hurries on to join the Kayderossaras, about half a mile distant.