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Ford Farm Overpass


Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Panoramio user Adam Elmquist

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BH Photo #290795


Pratt pony truss bridge over Hudson Valley Rail Trail
Highland, Ulster County, New York
Planned to be opened to pedestrians only
Built 1907 for farm access
- Central New England Railway (CNE)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73457, -73.97607   (decimal degrees)
41°44'04" N, 73°58'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/585151/4620813 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
316 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 62334 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added information provided by Peter Bellizzi
  • August 6, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad", "Central New England Railway"
  • August 6, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "New York & New Haven Railroad ", "mystery"
  • August 6, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 5, 2014: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Mystery Overpass
Posted March 24, 2020, by Peter Bellizzi (peterbellizzi [at] optonline [dot] net)

This bridge was built in 1907 when the railroad bed was straightened out to allow longer and more powerful engines It was built for the Ford family farm

I am in the process of building a path off the rail trail across the to our parking lot

Peter Bellizzi President Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Mystery Overpass
Posted August 6, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1957 and 1936 quads show the road as a driveway and not at all a former alignment of Paltz Road, so I reclassified it a mystery. "New Paltz" is actually a town to the west.

The 1892 quad shows "Electric R.R." along the alignment that appears on the google map as the "Maybrook Line old alignment". It may be that when the new alignment was made the cut required a bridge to allow farm access. The bridge may have been relocated or it may have built new at the time of the realignment.

Mystery Overpass
Posted August 6, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to the photographer, the line was built around 1889, he said he had no information on the bridge itself.

Old Paltz Road Overpass
Posted August 6, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This may have just been a farmers field access bridge as opposed to the old alignment of Paltz Road. On the trail brochure it has a steel bridge used for farmers access, but no photo.