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NYC - Upper Bridge (1870)


From "Albany Illustrated", published 1891

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923; Courtesy of the AlbanyGroup Archive


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BH Photo #353972


From an 1891 report to the Board of Railroad Commissioners: "This bridge comprises nineteen double track, through, riveted lattice spans with two trusses to each span. Beginning at the west end there are three low truss spans over the Albany basin, known as the 'Basin Spans;' then over the river are two long fixed spans, Nos. 1 and 2, followed by one draw span not numbered; then two more long fixed spans, Nos. 3 and 4, duplicates of the first two, and then eleven low truss spans, Nos. 5 to 15 inclusive. Spans Nos. 6 to 15 inclusive are on a curve. This bridge is used for freight traffic exclusively."

The through spans (15-panel quadrangular lattice/Hilton trusses) 1-4 were 175' long. The movable swing span was 258'2" with 10 panels to either side of a central panel over the pivot. The eastern and western approach spans (Basin Spans and #s 5-15) were double-intersection Warren spans roughly 70-75' long.


Lost Lattice through truss bridge over Hudson River on New York Central Railroad
Albany, Rensselaer County, New York, and Albany County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1870; Replaced 1901
- Leighton Bridge & Iron Works of Rochester, New York
- Phoenix Iron Works of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Length of largest span: 258.2 ft.
Total length: 1,740.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.8 ft.
Also called
Hudson River Bridge Co. - North Hudson River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.65366, -73.74169   (decimal degrees)
42°39'13" N, 73°44'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/603137/4723122 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Troy South
Inventory number
BH 72310 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Added dimensions and description
  • September 20, 2016: New photos from Dave King
  • May 23, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added

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NYC - Upper Bridge (1870)
Posted March 20, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one is a known Leighton span. It is believed that this is one of the first spans built by Leighton.

NYC - Upper Bridge (1870)
Posted December 2, 2020, by Ian Martin

I think the second and third images in this entry are applicable to the Maiden Lane Bridge of the same era (http://bridgehunter.com/ny/albany/bh72307/) rather than this one. The Maiden Lane/South Bridge had Whipple through truss spans, while this bridge had lattice through truss spans.