Monday, July 19, 2021

1911 NJT/Erie HX Draw over Hackensack River at Secaucus, NJ

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Dave Blaze Rail Photography posted
Another from the top shots of 2018 file.
A most unusual light power set of UP 9082 and 1943 is seen crossing HX drawbridge over the Hackensack River from the town of Rutherfod into Secaucus on NJT's Bergen County Line at about MP 5.5 as measured from the former Lackawanna Hoboken Terminal. Though historically this was former Erie railroad territory and their passenger trains ran out of Pavonia Terminal on the Jersey City waterfront until 1958 when they shifted Hoboken as a harbinger of the 1960 merger with the Lackawanna that created the EL.
HX Draw was built in 1911 and was designed by Joseph Strauss who is slightly better known as the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is one of the earliest Heel trunnion bascule spans built in the US and is a two track cousin to the unique first of its kind 4 track span I shot in Port Clinton, OH earlier this past summer. The Heel trunnion bascule was designed with the machinery installed on the hip end of the truss while the struts pinned to the counterweight bridge tower with brackets and collar bearings, the railings of stairways are on the truss span to the machinery.
This unusual duo led Union Pacific's full office car train from Omaha to the east coast for an extremely special charter to take place the following day. The train itself is tucked away safely in Norfolk Southern's Croxton Yard being prepped and the power was cut off and wyed and then run out to test the functionally of the cab signal equipment that was modified to work on NJT's rails.
Built as plain EMD SD70AH #9026 in Feb 2016 this unit was rechristened The Spirit of Union Pacific and given number 1943 when unveiled in this special livery in Oct 2017. If you care to learn more about this locomotive and what the imagery means and why it was given this number check out this official Union Pacific link:
And to learn a bit about what this train was doing so far from home rails here in the Northeast check out this earlier image and the caption accompanying it:
Secaucus, New Jersey
Saturday June 2, 2018
Roger Riblett shared

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Jake Oster shared his photo
Dennis DeBruler: 40°47'17.0"N 74°04'54.6"W

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