Avenue and the Springfield
Station the Rahway Valley Railroad made
its crossing of Van Winkle's Brook (MP 4.20). The bridge is of
the Deck Plate Girder type and still remains in place today. An
interesting note about this bridge is that it is located between the
athletic fields of Jonathan Dayton High School (Springfield, NJ).
The fields lay on opposite sides of the creek as well as on opposite
sides of the tracks. When the railroad was still active the High
School students were not allowed to walk across the tracks. There
was a walkway, complete with a railing and stairways, for students
to cross underneath the bridge.
The abutments for the Van Winkle's Creek Bridge were
built to accomodate two tracks, as most of the bridge abutments on
the RV were.