UPPER DELAWARE - Rehabilitation of a railroad bridge over the Delaware was discussed at the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) session, February 2nd.

Known as the No. 2 railroad bridge, it spans the Delaware from Millfrift, in Westfall Township, Pike County, PA to the area of Sparrowbush, Town of Deerpark in Orange County, NY. The bridge is slated for rehabilitation under a $25 million allocation for railroad and port improvements in New York State.

UDC’s Executive Director Laurie Ramie contacted the railroad that leases the rail line through the Upper Delaware for more information after a story appeared in the Times Herald Record (posted Feb. 1 on their website). The story states that Central New York Railroad Corporation (CNYK) was awarded $630,000 to rehabilitate a bridge crossing the Delaware, according to the Governor’s office, but did not specify which bridge. Ramie learned it was the span from Millrift to Sparrowsbush.

Repairs are to be made primarily to the steel repairs to the deck truss bridge. No timetable was given.
Ramie stated that she learned from Melanie Boyer, of the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad (NYSW) that 75% of the bridge is in New York State and 25% is in Pennsylvania. NYSW had made an application to Pennsylvania’s Rail Freight Assistance Program as well. PA has not yet announced what projects will be funded in 2017.

In addition to the funds that were allocated, CYNK is also contributing $270,000 for a total of $900,000.
The No. 2 bridge marks the southern boundary of the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, which is 73.4 miles in length. The northern end of the corridor is just south of Hancock.

Takes tracks onto PA side

There are two railroad bridges crossing the Upper Delaware. The other one is the No. 9 bridge, crossing from northern Lackawaxen Township, north of Masthope to the Town of Tusten, south of Narrowsburg. The bridges take the tracks on the Pennsylvania side of the river, to avoid the Hawks Nest cliffs in Orange County, NY.

Norfolk Southern Railroad owns the railroad.

CNYK operates 123 miles of railroad between Binghamton, NY and Port Jervis, NY, leasing the line from Norfolk Southern Corporation.

NYSW, based in Cooperstown, operates overhead trains from Binghamton to Port Jervis. CNYK and NYSW are subsidiaries of the Delaware Otsego Corporation. One of CNYK’s interchanges is with the Stourbridge Railroad, which runs from Honesdale to Lackawaxen.

The UDC meets on the first Thursday at 7 p.m. at the office in Narrowsburg. For information call 845-252-3022.