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mtcg16
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Goodbye Hojack Swing Bridge
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« on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:51am »
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When Trains were still using her!

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:53am »
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getting ready to start demolition

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:54am »
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Starting to remove steel

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« Reply #3 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:55am »
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More gone!

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« Reply #4 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:56am »
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still  more........

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« Reply #5 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:57am »
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And more

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 7:59am »
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Almost gone..............

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Gone  

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Re: Goodbye Hojack Swing Bridge
 
« Reply #8 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 9:48pm »
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Thanks for the photos, Mark! Spent quite a bit of time down there by the boat launch and the river over the years. Sure sucks to see it cut up and hauled off, but it was inevitable!
 
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Re: Goodbye Hojack Swing Bridge
 
« Reply #9 on: Nov 28th, 2012, 11:58pm »
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Sad

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Re: Goodbye Hojack Swing Bridge
 
« Reply #10 on: Nov 29th, 2012, 6:46pm »
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on Nov 28th, 2012, 9:48pm, charlie6017 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for the photos, Mark! Spent quite a bit of time down there by the boat launch and the river over the years. Sure sucks to see it cut up and hauled off, but it was inevitable!
 
Charlie

 
Nice photos, Mark.
I'd say it's not totally gone.  I wonder what plans are for the base in the middle of the river.  A friend told me the New York Central was given permission to build the bridge on condition that it be removed when no longer needed, being a hazard to water navigation.  The base would still be a hazard.  There used to be a bit more boat traffic on the Genesee in years past, including B&O's Cobourg ferries, Ontario 1 and 2.
 
I used to watch the action in Penn Central days, both locals and "First Belt," which ran from Goodman Street to Charlotte with coal for RG&E power plants.  First Belt power used to turn on the Charlotte wye and swingbridge to tie on to empties on sidings west of Lake Avenue.  Power was F7s, GP9Bs, and a variety of Alcos.  You can see the siding to the north of the Hojack main running to the Port Authority buildings:
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1396120
 
Port Authority buildings:
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1396123
 
The wye once had a diamond for trains running to Ontario Beach amusement park and the Charlotte blast furnace.  My grandfather worked at both, and would tell me stories of the area.  His younger brother fired the boiler for the engine originally used to turn the swingbridge.  He was on hand to take photos of the rescue of a steam engine that dove into the river.  I believe copies were given to the lighthouse museum.
 
The Charlotte lighthouse overlooks the area just to the south, with history exhibits in the keeper's house.  I recall seeing a model of the swingbridge on display; not sure if it's still around.  Museum is open May through November.
http://www.geneseelighthouse.org/


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« Reply #11 on: Nov 29th, 2012, 8:20pm »
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Thanks for the info Charlie, The base and two other parts where the bridge rested when in the open position will be removed in the spring, so I'm told.

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Re: Goodbye Hojack Swing Bridge
 
« Reply #12 on: Nov 29th, 2012, 9:08pm »
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Hi Mark,
 
I can't take credit for the info above as Bob (firstbelt) posted that. Bob, from what I understand, the base is going to be removed as ordered by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard gave the directive to CSX to have this bridge removed........and I guess that meant EVERYTHING.
 
There is an active thread at that "other website" if you wish to read it. I will post the link below.
 
Charlie
 
http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=93388


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Re: Goodbye Hojack Swing Bridge
 
« Reply #13 on: Jul 11th, 2017, 11:06pm »
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I hate to leave things hanging, so I did some looking to update this thread on the bridge removal.
 
An excellent source for information on any railroad bridge in the US is bridgehunter.  For this one, see:
 
https://bridgehunter.com/ny/monroe/hojack-swing/
 
When going to the location on google maps, it appears to be gone hide, hair, hooves, and all.  That is to say, I am reasonably certain I identified the location on the sattelite view and there was nothing to be seen other than a trace of what appeard to be the railroad line leading up to it and possibly the west abutment.  All piers, and for sure the center pier, no more.


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