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PRSL - Crook Horn Creek Bridge


CR - Crookhorn Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler


BH Photo #291037


P-RSL Crookhorn Movable Bridge at Ocean City, NJ

July 1975 The two car Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines weekend train approaches the tower at Tuckahoe, NJ. The tower operator hoops orders to the conductor. The RDC's then separate with the lead car going to Cape May and the second car to Ocean City. The bridge operator at the Crookhorn swing bridge makes a trial run closing and opening the bridge. He then closes it and waves the train across.

Video by Tom Smith posted by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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Ring gear on bridge failed Aug. 13, 1981, forcing abandonment of all rail service to Ocean City two months later on Oct. 5th. Abandoned bridge removed by NJ DOT November 1992 to widen channel.


Lost Pratt through truss drawbridge over Crook Horn Creek on Conrail RR
Cape May County, Cape May County, New Jersey
No longer exists
Built 1910; abandoned 1981, removed Nov. 1992
- Cape May Seashore Lines (CMSL)
- Conrail (CR)
- Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines (PRSL)
Pratt through truss swing
Also called
Conrail - Crook Horn Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.23249, -74.64623   (decimal degrees)
39°13'57" N, 74°38'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/530533/4342636 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sea Isle City
Inventory number
BH 62441 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 15, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 8, 2017: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • August 12, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Changed name; added removal date
  • February 10, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added video and PRR diagrams
  • January 27, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Fixed mapping, added abandonment date
  • August 11, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler



PRSL - Crook Horn Creek Bridge
Posted October 5, 2017, by ron ricchezza (ronrica2 [at] gmail [dot] com )

According to the The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society,,,(Highline article) the Crook Horn Swing bridge broke its gear on August 13, 1981,,, ending service to Ocean City. On Oct 5, 1981 service to Cape May was terminated,, ending all service to the shore's southern points...

PRSL - Crook Horn Creek Bridge
Posted October 2, 2015, by Brian (palmerbfaf [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Looking to find the dimensions of this bridge for a scale model project. Also any additional photos of the bridge and it's support buildings and infrastructure.