Photo Gallery: LOW BRIDGE Franklin Ave at High St, Nutley NJ

By Anthony Buccino

Many a high truck has struck this low Norfolk Southern railroad bridge on Franklin Avenue at High Street in Nutley, New Jersey. 


Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad abandoned railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern abandonded railroad trestle, Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

 Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad abandoned railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern Nutley Railroad trestle photos by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern Nutley Railroad trestle photos by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern Nutley Railroad trestle photos by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern Nutley Railroad trestle photos by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern Nutley Railroad trestle photos by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern Nutley Railroad terrain photo by  A Buccino

Terrain, Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photos by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photos by  A Buccino

 East Plaza, terrain, north side looking south, Erie railroad trestle built circa 1896, Nutley NJ

 Retainer wall under Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad abandoned railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad abandoned railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

 No Trespassing, Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad abandoned railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

 Norfolk Southern/Erie Railroad abandoned railroad trestle Nutley NJ, photo by  A Buccino

 


According to historian David Wilson, this bridge was raised after a 1896 court case between the railroad and trolley companies. A compromise was made to raise the railroad tracks and lower the roadway so the heavy rail steam trains could pass above the light rail trolleys.

The railroad tracks were originally at grade level. The dirt fill from Franklin Avenue lowering was used to regrade the track bed behind Ralph's Pizzeria and southward to the Passaic Avenue trestle which was raised to keep the proper grade incline for the train.

The two bridges and trestle on the Norfolk Southern Newark Branch in Nutley have been deemed substandard in a recent market study by NJ Transit, and serve no use for any potential passenger mass transit program for this abandoned right-of-way.


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