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NYC - Hojack Swing Bridge


Hojack Swing Bridge at mouth of Genesee River

Rome Watertown and Ogdensburg RR built first bridge across river. It was taken over by NYC about 1890

Photo taken by Ed Storey in 1975


BH Photo #223167


Street View 


Built in 1905 for the New York Central's "Hojack Line," line abandoned late 1970's, bridge officially placed out of service c1993-1994.


Lost Warren through swing bridge over Genesee River
Rochester, Monroe County, New York
Removed but not replaced
Built 1905
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad (RW&O)
Warren through truss
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.25335, -77.60792   (decimal degrees)
43°15'12" N, 77°36'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/288303/4792251 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rochester East OE N
Inventory number
BH 48562 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 19, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 19, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added link to NYSHPO HABS imagery
  • April 11, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 3, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "New York Central Railroad"
  • December 5, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 13, 2012: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated status to reflect planned demolition
  • January 9, 2012: New photos from Ed Storey
  • October 15, 2011: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • April 2, 2011: Added by Frank Hicks

Related Bridges 



Hojack Swing Bridge
Posted March 13, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

CSX's motto is "How Tomorrow Moves."

Looks like tomorrow won't be moving here.

Hojack Swing Bridge
Posted March 13, 2012, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (lner4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Associated Press, 13 March 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. A rail freight company plans to start demolition this fall of a century-old swing bridge over the Genesee River at the Port of Rochester.

The U.S. Coast Guard considers the Hojack Swing Bridge a navigation hazard and has ordered CSX to take down the defunct railroad span. WHAM-AM (http://bit.ly/yeZVjI ) in Rochester reports that CSX still needs a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to demolish the bridge.

Local preservationists hope to halt the demolition through the public hearing process. Richard Margolis, publisher of a book on the bridge, tells the radio station that the span is unique among Great Lakes cities.

But some business owners along the river say it's an eyesore and should be removed.

CSX is offering historians and interested parties artifacts from the bridge.

Slightly more at http://www.wham1180.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle....