This bridge is a traditional example of a Scherzer type rolling lift bascule bridge. It appears to retain good historic integrity. Historic railroad bascule bridges are a threatened structure type in the eastern United States, as a number of them have been or are slated for demolition and replacement. As such, this bridge is only becoming more rare and significant over time.
A Strauss Bascule Bridge Company referenced a bridge built in 1908 over Eastchester Bay, but it was described as three double-track bascule bridges. This is believed to be the same bridge, but the other two bascules have apparently been long removed. Two bascules side by side do remain on this railroad line over the Bronx River. That bridge also was apparently once a trio of bascules.
The bridge is somewhat hard to get close to without a boat. However there appears to be a builder plaque hidden under the bridge on a fascia deck stringer, the first stringer on the leaf from the roller, southeast side of bridge. If anyone has a photograph of this, please contact us as we would be curious to see what it says.
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