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Hancock Railroad Bridge

Railroad Bridge

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This bridge is one of two railroad bridges crossing the east and west branches of the Delaware River after the river splits at Hancock, New York. The original bridges were truss bridges. This bridge is at least the fourth on the site. The original dates back to 1848, when the Erie Railroad erected a timber frame, single-track bridge over the Delaware River at Hancock. An iron truss bridge supplanted it in 1870. Following a head-on collision on the bridge in 1888, the Erie Railroad upgraded this section of road to two tracks in 1889-1890, in the process replacing the Delaware River bridge with a wider, two-span pin-connected crossing. This span was later replaced with the current bridge.

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