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Universal Atlas Cement Co./NYC Overpass


Photo taken by Patrick Gurwell in June 2016


BH Photo #477102


Pratt through truss bridge over CSX Railroad on old quarry railroad
Hudson, Columbia County, New York
Built ca. 1889
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Pratt through truss (?)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.25100, -73.80267   (decimal degrees)
42°15'04" N, 73°48'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/598769/4678339 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85768 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,231)
Abandoned (3,980)
Built 1889 (269)
Built during 1880s (2,328)
CSX Railroad (1,826)
Columbia County, New York (58)
Conrail (1,768)
Hudson, New York (4)
New York (5,054)
New York Central Railroad (1,041)
Penn Central Railroad (1,591)
Pratt through truss (6,302)
Pratt truss (10,652)
Railroad (16,785)
Skewed (5,085)
Through truss (18,235)
Truss (37,276)

Update Log 

  • July 31, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 26, 2020: Updated by Luke: Addded info
  • July 26, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 29, 2019: Added


  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Geoff Hubbs


Mystery Bridge
Posted July 26, 2020, by Luke

It was probably used with the original railroad, and converted to what appears to be pipeline later on in it's life.

If it were a pipeline from the onset, it wouldn't be a heavyweight truss.

Universal Atlas Cement Co./NYC Overpass
Posted July 26, 2020, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)

I see what you mean. In the 1968 photo you see what seems to. be the same current bridge. In that photo, as is today, the deck of the bridge is higher that the land around it, and doesn't seem like there was any trestle or build up for a RR to actually use that bridge.

From what the article talks about it seems like there was not historically a lot more railroad activity than what is in the photos, or evident today.

Possibly this bridge was moved from somewhere else, but in this location I don't think that it was used for rail traffic.

Mystery Bridge
Posted July 26, 2020, by Luke

Atlases from historicaerials shows it as "Quarry RR"

That led me to https://gossipsofrivertown.blogspot.com/2017/08/rewriting-hi... which gave the company name and a guesstimate build date.

Hudson NY Railyard Pedestrian / Pipeline Overpass
Posted July 26, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like an old railroad bridge to me