Facing South (down river) on the Delaware River
Photo taken by Jodi Christman in July 2010
BH Photo #172048
The No 9 Railroad Bridge was built in 1904. It is actually the fourth bridge in to span this part of the Deleware River. The flag stop "Tusten Station" stood right past the bridge on the NY side. Further down the line - about half a mile down the track, you will see the remants of the TU Crossover tower and cabin. The cabin is still standing, and there is a ton of garbage in the woods around it (also home to quite a few timber rattlers, watch your feet).
The railroad never did get back to me about the build date or the builder. Maybe they don't have the information, or maybe I'm just getting too annoying. :p
I think I may just drive down there again and look for a builder's placard or some other signature. It's a rather long hike from the road to the bridge unless I can get permission from the Boy Scout camp to drive along their path... which is a hit-or-miss thing, I've found. I doubt that my usual bribe of a case of beer would go over well with the Boy Scouts.
In the meantime, here's another picture from the last time I was there. It's a view from the span, from the New York side facing Pennsylvania.
Richard, I am curious about the build date too.
I see you mention New York, Susquehanna, & Western Railway. I did some more research on this line and found this on Wiki "This line is shared by the Metro-North Railroad until Port Jervis, the terminus of Metro North service. Shortly after reaching Port Jervis at Sparrowbush the line is leased from the Norfolk Southern by NYS&W subsidiary Central New York Railroad all the way to Binghamton." This line took control of the Erie in 1892.
In reference to Erie Railroad: "The New York and Erie Rail Road was chartered April 24, 1832 by Governor of New York, Enos T. Throop to connect the Hudson River at Piermont, north of New York City, west to Lake Erie at Dunkirk. On February 16, 1841 the railroad was authorized to cross into the northeast corner of Pennsylvania on the west side of the Delaware River."
The Tusten crossing seems to be the highest point where the RR crosses the Delaware River. Your 1848 date sounds possibly true. I believe it to be built by Erie. Check out this map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSW_Historical_NJ_and_PA....
Keep us posted on what you find out. Good luck.
Sorry about that. I've been informed by someone at the railroad that the bridge was actually built closer to 1900. I'm waiting for an exact date.
I know it was built in 1848, and that it's now operated by the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad.
Any info as to when this bridge was built, by what construction company for the Erie Railroad and the bridge's length?