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CNJ - Newark Bay Lift Bridge

Photos 

Northeast View At 45 Degree Angle Of Both Draws

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #193203

Map 

Description 

Site of a major fatal rail crash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Bay_rail_crash

Facts 

Overview
Lost vertical lift bridge over Newark Bay on the Central Railroad of New Jersey
Location
Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey, and Hudson County, New Jersey
Status
Removed
History
Built 1926; site of Newark Bay Bridge Accident in 1958; damaged in ship collision 1966; railroad abandoned 1976; lift spans demolished 1980, approach spans demolished 1988
Builder
- J.A.L. Waddell of Port Hope, Canada
Railroads
- Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ)
- Conrail (CR)
Design
Four Parker through trusses and deck girder approaches
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 305.0 ft.
Total length: 7,411.0 ft. (1.4 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.65440, -74.14576   (decimal degrees)
40°39'16" N, 74°08'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/572216/4500744 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elizabeth
Inventory number
BH 36971 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 16, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • July 5, 2015: New photos from Luke
  • January 24, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged info from redundant page, corrected location
  • December 13, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates
  • February 2, 2011: Re-posted HAER photos with correct captions
  • July 29, 2008: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • HAER NJ-37 - Central Railroad of New Jersey, Newark Bay Lift Bridge, Spanning Newark Bay, Newark, Essex County, NJ
  • Frank Hicks
  • Luke
  • Douglas Butler
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

CNJ - Newark Bay Lift Bridge
Posted July 13, 2020, by Kenneth D Brown (W2KB [at] ARRL [dot] net)

>>>"site of Newark Bay Bridge Accident in 1948"<<<

The accident where a passenger train plunged into Newark Bay at an open lift span occurred in 1958, not 1948. I walked over to see the scene at age 9.

Newark Bay Lift Bridge
Posted January 6, 2014, by Martin Stripes (martinstripes [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge was not abandoned in 1976 but in 1978.