Sunday, June 11, 2017

Erie Viaduct over Moodna Creek near Salisbury Mills, NY

(Bridge Hunter, no Historic Bridges, Satellite (85 photos))

A Roger Puta Photo
Erie Lackawanna freight NY-97 is about to cross Moodna Viaduct on the Graham Line near Highland Mills, New York on April 25, 1970. The bridge remains in use today. Roger Puta photo.
Randy Geep Bradley The bridge was constructed between 1904 and 1908 by the Erie Railroad as part of the Graham Line and was opened for service in January 1909. The trestle spans the valley for 3,200 feet and is 193 feet high at its highest point, making it the highest and longest railroad trestle east of the Mississippi River. The open design of the trestle was used to reduce wind resistance and is a major reason why the trestle is still in service today. The viaduct crosses Orrs Mills Road north of the creek and Otter Kill Road south of the creek.
Attribution: Daniel Case, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)
HAER NY,36-SALMI.V,1--1 from LoC
1. Jack Boucher, photographer, April 1971. GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE. - Erie Railway, Moodna Creek Viaduct, Moodna Creek, Orrs Mill Road, Salisbury Mills, Orange County, NY

Antonio Perito posted
Moodna viaduct built in 1909 by the Erie Railroad. Now services metro north and Norfolk Southern. It is the highest and longest railway trestle east of the Mississippi in the US.

Steven J. Brown posted
Painfully early in the morning, Metro North GP40FH-2 4900 (built 1966 as CRI&P 350) shoves an inbound NJ Transit train from Port Jervis across Moodna Viaduct (opened 1909 - highest and longest railroad trestle east of the Mississippi River) near Salisbury Mills, New York - May 7, 2021.
Steven J. Brown shared
Steven J. Brown shared

River Rail Photo posted
Gotta Do What Ya Gotta Do. A derailment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in prior days caused Norfolk Southern Corp Train 20W (Ashland Avenue Yard - Chicago, IL [BNSF] Croxton, NJ, NS 9912, Dash 9 leading) to become the first "stack" train to travel over Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York in 12 years on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The train was routed from Binghamton, NY to Suffern, NY over the "Souther Tier Line" which is owned by NS but leased to other entities, and over NJ Transit to Croxton Yard in Jersey City, NJ via the Bergen County Line utilizing trackage rights. Unfortunately, that night a NYS&W train derailed in Deposit, NY, which caused the route to be blocked and no further detours due to this incident were operated. In April of 2019, a derailment at Wyomissing Junction, PA caused one train to be detoured over this bridge, the only other stack train to travel this route since.
River Rail Photo shared

2 of 4 photos posted by River Rail Photo with the comment:
Norfolk Southern Over Moodna Viaduct In Daylight (And More)
On Sunday, March 10, 2024, Norfolk Southern Train K72 (a new symbol that we learned today, most recently H70) made a rare trip in daylight round trip from Croxton Yard in Jersey City,  New Jersey to Campbell Hall, New York to interchange with the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad (MNJ). Also unusual was the presence of NS 4601 (AC44C6M) in front of the usual SD60E pair (today 6992 and 6937). The highlight of the trip over the NJ Transit Bergen County/Main Lines and Metro-North Port Jervis Line is always Moodna Viaduct. Formerly part of the Graham Line prior to the realignment of the route, this was built exclusively for freight. Another bonus was the shove move on the M&NJ past the Hamptonburgh Caboose Museum (née-RDG 94066).
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Returning east over Moodna Viaduct in Salisbury Mills, New York.

Westbound over Moodna Viaduct in Salisbury Mills, New York
Erik Pioselli posted
Feeling especially generous tonight, one of the best representations of the early Conrail years. An ex-Penn Central EMD unit leads a former Erie Lackawanna GE U-Boat, followed by a Conrail repaint SD-45 over Moodna Viaduct. It is August 1978 and still, 2 years after April 1, 1976 when CR was created, the "heritage units" still lead priority hotshots over the Graham Line. Russell J. Begg photo, my collection. All done before “intel”, Facebook, and instant gratification in today’s railfan world!

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