NX Bridge

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NX Bridge

Annie Bridge
Erie-Lackawanna bascule E Newark jeh.jpg
Coordinates40°45′16″N 74°09′51″W / 40.7544°N 74.1643°W / 40.7544; -74.1643Coordinates: 40°45′16″N 74°09′51″W / 40.7544°N 74.1643°W / 40.7544; -74.1643
CarriesNewark Branch (until 1966)
CrossesPassaic River
LocaleNewark and Kearny
Northeastern New Jersey
Other name(s)Bridge 8.04[1]
Conrail 4th Avenue Bridge[2]
The Annie Bridge
OwnerNorfolk Southern
DesignBascule bridge
No. of spans1
Clearance above12 feet (3.7 m)[2]
NX Bridge is located in New York City
NX Bridge
NX Bridge
In the Port of New York and New Jersey, 8.04 miles (12.94 km) from the Hudson Waterfront and 6.5 miles (10.5 km) from Newark Bay

The NX Draw (sometimes colloquially known the "Annie Bridge") is an out-of-service railroad bridge on the Passaic River between Newark and Kearny, New Jersey. It is the 13th bridge from the river's mouth at Newark Bay and is 6.5 miles (10.5 km) upstream from it.[2] The bascule bridge (sometimes called a jackknife bridge[1]), built by the Erie Railroad and once part of its Newark Branch,[1] has been abandoned in the raised position.[3]


Looking west towards the NX Bridge from the right of way of the Newark Branch at the border of Kearny and the Clark Thread Company Historic District in East Newark

The lower 17 miles (27 km) of the 90-mile (140 km) long Passaic River downstream of the Dundee Dam is tidally influenced and navigable.[2] Rail service across the river was generally oriented to bringing passengers and freight from the points west over the Hackensack Meadows to Bergen Hill, where tunnels and cuts provided access terminals on the Hudson River. The NX is the third bridge to cross the river at its location, the first having been built in 1871.

Post Erie era[edit]

The bridge was built as a double-track structure, but after the elimination of commuter train service it was changed to have only a single track in service. Freight train service continued through the creation of Conrail in 1976, but the bridge was taken out of service by Conrail in November 1977. It has been locked in the raised (open) position ever since. The bridge is located within the North Jersey Shared Assets Area and is assigned to Norfolk Southern Railway.[3] Conrail continued to serve both sides of the branch with local freight train service until 2002, when the eastern side of the branch was removed from active service. A three-track trestle bridge over Passaic Avenue, just east of the NX bridge was removed in the mid-2000s to increase roadway clearance. On the west bank of the Passaic River, the Newark Industrial Track is still an active freight line serving several industries in the Newark area.

In 1982, the bridge was used in the filming of the movie Annie. It was left in its open, or raised position during the filming, though the structure itself was painted black, and the rails were painted silver. Since the filming, the bridge has received no maintenance and is since known as the 'Annie Bridge' among the people of Kearny and Harrison.

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  1. ^ a b c "Bridge 8.04". Erie Railroad Magazine. December 1948. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Commercial Navigation Analysis" (PDF). United States Army Corps of Engineers (2nd revision). July 2, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Moveable Bridges of New Jersey". www.geocities.com. 2007. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2012.

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