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11-09-2020, 03:27 PM   #2116
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gaweidert, the second shot is a nice variation on the typical gushing water going over the upper falls of the park. I do like the look of the new bridge. I have strong memories of shooting down at the upper falls from the old one, and a train coming along! I waited until the train went by, then promptly left!


There is quite a story behind the old bridge. The original bridge was a wooden structure and an engineering marvel of it's day. One night it suddenly caught fire from end to end. Luckily, there happened to be a cast iron bridge sitting unassembled in a warehouse in Buffalo. NY. It was supposed to be for a railroad in Africa but it just happened to be a perfect fit for this site too. It was erected in only 51 days in 1875. It stood for 143 years.

There was a lot of thought put into the design of the new bridge so it would fit in the location. I think it actually adds to the view. It is located 75 feet south of where the original bridge was. It is a beautiful structure. The railroad offered the old bridge to the park as a pedestrian bridge, but the state did not want the upkeep and liability associated with keeping it open to the public. I do not blame them. You cannot go out onto the new bridge.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gaweidert Quote
he railroad offered the old bridge to the park as a pedestrian bridge, but the state did not want the upkeep and liability associated with keeping it open to the public.
That's quite interesting since down my way they took over the Poughkeepsie RR bridge from Penn Central/NYNH&H that remained vacant and unused since about 1982 (after the decking on IT caught fire). It was repaired and reconfigured with concrete decking and is now known as The Walkway Over the Hudson. It is one of the most "visited" state parks in NY now. It also connects rail trails that were developed on each side of the river, on the old rail line. You can now walk or bicycle from Hopewell Jct, NY to New Paltz, NY on that trail and then hook up with the old Wallkill Valley rail trail line and go from New Paltz, south to Gardener, NY or North to Kingston. You can then hook up to the old NYO&W rail trail that heads south towards Port Jervis. It is possible that in the future you can hook up to the Erie rail trail (old Erie main line) in Pt Jervis and ride/walk al the way BACK to Monroe/Harriman! I kinda liked the old bridge though.
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The Walkway Over the Hudson.
I've visited this a few times in the past few years. Never fully crossed the bridge, as I'm always on foot (and now with a little one).

Bicycles are extremely popular here. I love heading into New Paltz to then stay the night around P'ksie... Great breweries all over this area
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A two lane bridge just a few blocks from where I live. Old, new, official and illicit signage.







That must have hurt! At some point, a vehicle going over the bridge gave one of the girders a good whack. I imagine the bridge gave back just as good in return...




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QuoteOriginally posted by BigDave Quote
That's quite interesting since down my way they took over the Poughkeepsie RR bridge from Penn Central/NYNH&H that remained vacant and unused since about 1982 (after the decking on IT caught fire). It was repaired and reconfigured with concrete decking and is now known as The Walkway Over the Hudson. It is one of the most "visited" state parks in NY now. It also connects rail trails that were developed on each side of the river, on the old rail line. You can now walk or bicycle from Hopewell Jct, NY to New Paltz, NY on that trail and then hook up with the old Wallkill Valley rail trail line and go from New Paltz, south to Gardener, NY or North to Kingston. You can then hook up to the old NYO&W rail trail that heads south towards Port Jervis. It is possible that in the future you can hook up to the Erie rail trail (old Erie main line) in Pt Jervis and ride/walk al the way BACK to Monroe/Harriman! I kinda liked the old bridge though.
Not to get too political, but the western part of the state is treated a lot different than the eastern side. I used to do field service and was in the eastern part of the state a lot. You can really see the difference.
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Actually, anything north of Westchester gets treated differently. Albany thinks it's part of Westchester, however.
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Like your perspective, great image.

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A bridge across the Mississippi River Alton Il.
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Same location, same subject, minutes if not seconds apart... The change in light is all in the angle of POV.

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