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NYC - DK Yard Drawbridge


Photo taken by C Hanchey

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Big four rail bridge

Abandoned history of the lift rail bridge

Douglas Butler

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At 10 AM on September 28, 1955, the new New York Central Bridge opened at a cost of $3 million. The new vertical lift span, which contained 1,410 tons of structural steel, increased the vertical clearance another 80 feet. The project received the American Institute of Steel Construction Award of Merit for the most beautiful bridge in its class. The electrical contractors were Dingle-Clark and the steel fabricators were McDowell Wellman. Under the River and Harbor Act of 1946, the federal government financed most of the cost of the new bridge as part of a $50 million river and harbor improvement project. The new crossing had a vertical clearance of 260 feet and a clear channel of 200 feet, and the lifting mechanism was worked by two 135 horsepower motors at the top of the two girders. Built in 1953 to replace an older, narrow, double track Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge, this bridge carried the New York Central Railroad until its merger with Penn Central. Following the collapse of Penn Central, ownership was transferred to Conrail. In the mid to late 1980s, the bridge was abandoned as rail traffic had declined in Cleveland. The bridge was sold to the City of Cleveland for 1 U.S. Dollar. The bridge has now been persevered, abandoned, in the raised position to allow lake freighters, the U.S. Coast Gaurd, Cleveland Fire, and other pleasure craft to traverse the very active Cuyahoga River. Very few photos exist of this bridge in service. The south east end of the bridge connected to DK yard, a once thriving rail yard located on the Oxbow Bend Penninsula of the Cuyahoga River. According to sources who worked with the Railroad, the lift bridge at the mouth of the Cuyahoga was condidered DB 1, or DB. this bridge was considered DB 2, as it was the second vertical lift bridge owned by the New York Central at the time. Also located at the Southeast corner of the bridge is the OX tower, now abandoned. OX tower controlled the raising and lowering of this lift bridge.


Through truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Railroads (NS)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Built 1953
- Dingle-Clark
- McDowell Wellman of Cleveland, Ohio.
- Big Four Railroad
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Through truss vertical lift
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 260.0 ft.
Also called
Cleveland Railroad Bridge No. 2
OX Drawbridge
Cuyahoga River Bridge No. 5
NYC RR Bridge 2
DK Yard Drawbridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.49418, -81.69799   (decimal degrees)
41°29'39" N, 81°41'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/441738/4593852 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Inventory number
BH 60160 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 4, 2019: Updated by Geoffrey Moreland: Description Update/Typos/Grammar/Photos
  • September 19, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 14, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 5, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • January 4, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 27, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 10, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 7, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

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