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Russell Place

Bridge: Russell Place


The Russell Place bridge as it appeared c.1990, trains had not run through this portion since c.1976. At 20'-9" high, this bridge measured the highest of all the RV bridges. Photo taken by Jeff Jargosch.

Wm. Wyer & Co.
Report on Rahway Valley Railroad
August 1944

Over Russell Place. One span deck plate girder bridge for one track. Girders 50'-0" long. Underclearance 20'-9". Condition fair. No repairs.

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The Rahway Valley Railroad's bridge over Russell Place (MP 6.67) was one of four bridges the railroad had through the City of Summit. These four bridges effectively elevated the railroad and eliminated any possible grade crossings through the city. The Rusell Place bridge was originally constructed in 1905 as part of the railroad's extension to Summit. This bridge, along with the one over Ashwood Avenue (MP 6.73), were completed by October, 1905. Apparently the RV neglected to acquire the necessary permits to construct the two bridges over Ashwood Avenue and Russell Place. In the middle of the night the City of Summit, utilizing a steam roller, pulled the two bridges down from their abutments.

Nicholas C. J. English, General Counsel for the railroad, negotiated with the City of Summit to acquire the proper permits. It is unclear whether entirely new bridges were constructed or the original ones, which were pulled down, were utilized. Curiously, the concrete abutments are stamped "1915."

Although the bridge has not seen a train since the formation of Conrail in 1976, it still remains in place.


#13, Caboose #102, and a cut of cars roll along the elevated RV mainline through Summit in this 1948 view. #13 is crossing Russell Place. Stephens-Miller, an RV customer, can be seen to the left.



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