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MNCW/Maybrook Trailway - Beacon Line/Harlem Line Overpass

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Photo taken by blazer8696

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BH Photo #359379

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Description 

Built 1905 as part of a project to upgrade the former NY&NE Danbury-Poughkeepsie route into a freight main line to and from Maybrook yard west of the Hudson. The steel truss and fill replaced a covered wooden truss with approach trestles to either side.

Facts 

Overview
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over MNCR Harlem Line on MNCR/HRRC Beacon Line & Maybrook Trailway
Location
Towners, Putnam County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1905
Railroads
- Commuter Rail
- Housatonic Railroad (HRRC)
- Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCW)
- New York & New England Railroad (NYNE)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Double-intersection Warren through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 181.0 ft.
Total length: 181.0 ft.
Skew angle
26 degrees
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.47761, -73.60988   (decimal degrees)
41°28'39" N, 73°36'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/616064/4592711 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brewster
Inventory number
BH 61865 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added trail name
  • December 8, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Added span length and build year
  • May 14, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 10, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 23, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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Comments 

MNCW - Beacon Line/Harlem Line Overpass
Posted September 13, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wish more railroads were willing to work together with local agencies to allow trails on unused portions of their bridges, especially on what appears to be a lightly used branch line like this.

MNCW - Beacon Line/Harlem Line Overpass
Posted September 13, 2021, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is now part of the larger Empire State rails-to-trails program. It's in great shape!