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    Vertical shot of the L&H/CNJ/CRRNJ/Jersey Central RR bridge over the Delaware River between Phillipsburg, NJ and Easton, PA. I know that they do run trains over this bridge because one day a couple years ago we were actually walking on this bridge, thinking it was abandoned, but decided it was too dangerous and we went back---and just in time too because a coal train came over the bridge not 5 minutes after we got back on Terra Firma!!!!! That was a close call!! If you are on this bridge and a train is coming there is no place to go but down into the river!! Do not attempt to walk on this bridge!!!!

    Thad Roan - Bridgepix, Oregon25, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. BACKYard Woods Explorer 83 months ago | reply

      Looks like a roller coaster (LOL)

    2. Peachhead (3,000,000 views!) 83 months ago | reply

      And definitely scary too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. thriftster99 83 months ago | reply

      Yikes--that was a close call! :-O
      This is a neat shot.

    4. GeneC55 [deleted] 83 months ago | reply

      Very cool shot!!
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    5. Thad Roan - Bridgepix 83 months ago | reply

      Great perspective. Love the color of the trees and the rusty bridge.
      Bridges and Tunnels

    6. jefg99 83 months ago | reply

      Not often you see railroad bridges lined up in a row on a curve. Very nice capture!

    7. Lyle58 83 months ago | reply

      Interesting vantage point. nice colors.

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    8. sdgphoto 83 months ago | reply

      Very cool shot. I like the perspective.

    9. Charlie O'Hay 83 months ago | reply

      Cool angle.

      That bridge has an odd history...it was actually built by the Lehigh & Hudson River (L&HR) Railway to give the railroad access to Allentown, via the CNJ. But because the L&HR's southernmost terminus was in Belvidere and it reached P'burg only via trackage rights over the Pennsy, the L&HR had to set up a separate company (called the South Easton & Phillipsburg Railroad) just for the length of the bridge.

      The coal trains you mentioned served the PPL at Martins Creek. That power plant is scheduled to switch to oil (which would not be delivered by rail). So I don't know how much longer those coal trains will run. Tho with the price of oil these days, it might be cheaper to stick with coal.

    10. RiverRatt3 83 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot!

    11. TidBits2008 77 months ago | reply

      DO NOT GO ON THIS BRIDGE!!! There is no walkway most of the length. If a train comes along, you either get hit or swim!

      This is the Portland Secondary of Norfolk Southern.
      Martins Creek did go all oil in 2007. However, there are still regular deliveries of coal to the Portland Pa. Generating Station & grain to the ConAgra plant on Pa Rt. 611 in Sandts Eddy Pa. And a few mixed freight trains.

      For UrbanDKaye
      This is the L&H bridge. However, both CNJ & L&H can lay claim this bridge.
      From the historical accounts I've found, construction was started by the CNJ & completed by the L&H.
      The switch occurred around the same time L&H signed a trackage agreement with the connect point being Easton Pa. I haven't been able to find anything stating this was the reason for the switch in ownership, but the inference is there.
      The odd part comes from the fact that, as you pointed out, the L&H reached Phillipsburg from their tracks at Belvidere on the Pennsylvania Railroad. And by law a state could only incorporate a railroad within it's jurisdiction, so 2 corporations had to be created to complete the bridge.
      South Easton & Phillipsburg Railroad of New Jersey (completed 460 feet) and South Easton & Phillipsburg Railroad of Pennsylvania (completed 850 feet).

      From the history of the L&H R.R.
      www.gingerb.com/cnj_trackage_rights_easton_to_allentown.htm

    12. SK33312 72 months ago | reply

      I know where that bridge is. Nice shot!

    13. Anthony V. Loh 61 months ago | reply

      Your photo screams Photographer !!!
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    14. becky04181949 61 months ago | reply

      Nice capture.!! It does sort of look like a rollercoaster when you first view it!!

    15. [ O ] Ricardo A. 55 months ago | reply

      Nice Photo! Beautiful Place!

    16. MC Sullivan 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot of that bridge.

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