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Niobe Junction Bridge

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Junction Bridge

Photo taken by Dana and Kay Klein

BH Photo #457022

Map 

Description 

Possibly a small lenticular pony truss. Documentation of extant lenticular bridges from the 70's listed a 3 panel lenticular pony truss at Niobi Junction, NY. While there is no 'Noibi' NY, there is Niobe, and it was a former junction point of 2 rail lines. From current satellite imagery the bridge has collapsed into the stream.

From topographical maps and historic aerials, it can be ascertained that this bridge was abandoned sometime between 1941 and 1953

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Little Brokenstraw Creek on Abandonded Malroy/Swede Road
Location
Niobe, Chautauqua County, New York
Status
Abandoned and collapsed
History
Abandoned c. 1950
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Lenticular pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.01752, -79.44069   (decimal degrees)
42°01'03" N, 79°26'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/629104/4652897 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Panama
Elevation
1434 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 77548 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2019: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 6, 2017: Added by Michael Quiet

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Comments 

Niobe Junction Bridge
Posted September 29, 2019, by Dana and Kay Klein

Its there! Need to go back with a canoe. And extra batteries and Wild Pig Repellant. Approach from Swede Road. "Road" ends but drivable. Area is home to dangerous wild hogs. CAUTION!

Niobe Junction Bridge
Posted June 6, 2017, by Dana

Awesome find Michael!

Niobe Junction Bridge
Posted June 6, 2017, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GOOGLE [dot] COM)

I VISITED THE BRIDGE SOME YEARS AGO AND COMFIRM MICHAEL

QUIET'S COMMENTS. IT'S BEEN ABANDONED SO LONG THAT

THE LOCAL OFFICIALS DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT. (I USED WADERS

AND WALKED UPSTREAM A BIT TO GET THERE. ASSUME THE RAILROAD IS ACTIVE AND BE CAREFUL.)

Niobe Junction Bridge
Posted June 6, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Made this interesting find following up on old records for Lenticular trusses. This could very well be a a 3 panel model, as the length of about 40 feet fits perfectly. Unfortunately it looks to have collapsed into the river, but given its remote area and the fact that its been abandoned for almost 70 years means removal isn't likely. Field visit and documentation is definitely needed to confirm though!