New York is generally out of my turf, but I'm a sucker for Strauss railroad bridges.
Erie Canal overview
Douglas Butler sketched what it would look like partially open.
|Cleveland State University Library Book from Bridge Hunter|
Thomas Trumeter posted three photos with the comment: "This railroad bridge spans Tonowanda Creek near Buffalo. Trying to figure out what appears to be a counter balance and what it does? One of the more unusual bridges I have ever seen."
|Frank Garon shared Brian R. Wroblewski's photo|
Nice shot of one of the NYC Towers in Tonowanda/North Tonowanda NY. My guess is EL-2 but I could be wrong. Anybody know for sure and also when this one was closed?Brian's comment:
Steel beams for the new (then) Rt. 384 bridge over the Erie Canal in Tonawanda being built during the 1950s'. In the background is the New York Central lift bridge & interlocking tower. This bridge still exists today, but the tower is long gone. It originally had steam power to lift it, but was only tested & never lifted for any vessel traffic.
|Lee Gorcheck posted|
Erie canal buffalo ny...this one only drew back twice in it's lifetime--built in 1919..
Peter Benham: The lift mechanism was removed in a WWII scrap drive.
When it was planned, there was a possibility that an American link between Lakes Erie and Ontario was going to be necessary.
|Lee Gorcheck posted|
The 4th of july in buffalo ny... [Actually, Tonawanda, NY]
|Jeff Picka posted|
Counterweight to the New York Central (and possibly LV) bridge over the Erie Canal between Tonawanda and Noth Tonawanda NY.
This bridge served local NYC trains from Buffalo to Niagara Falls, some Michigan Central trains from Detroit that went through Niagara Falls, and Lehigh Valley / Grand Trunk service from Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls to Depew, Sayre, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, Bethlehem, and either Reading Terminal in Philadelphia or Penn Station in NYC.
Dan Eff: I live in Chicago, and there's a bascule bridge on the Chicago River just like this thats locked in the UP position. It cant be lowered because a high rise was built up against it.
The bridge is locked down, and so a good part of the structure is dedicated to holding up this block of concrete.
[Lee Gorcheck added several photos of this bridge in the comments]
Joe Dockrill shared
|Bob Seemueller commented on Joe's share|
CSX and Amtrak still use this portion of the Niagara Branch.
Tim Shanahan shared a post of four photos by Lee Gorcheck.
|Albert McFadyen posted|
Amtrak train 64, the Maple Leaf, crossing the Erie Canal between N. Tonawanda and Tonawanda as it heads east to New Yor City over former NYC trackage.
Albert McFadyen shared
|RR Trax Studios posted|
Another Erie Canal crossing: A pair of CSX locos haul a short freight across the former New York Central RR's Niagara Branch at Tonawanda, N.Y., on 5/21/2023. The industrial spur in the foreground is the former NYC's 'Peanut Line' that also hosted Lehigh Valley trains on trackage rights. -TKK
Brian R. Wroblewski shared