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Moodna Viaduct
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A Metro-North Port Jervis Line train crossing the Moodna.
Coordinates 41°25′49″N 74°05′57″W / 41.43028°N 74.09917°W / 41.43028; -74.09917Coordinates: 41°25′49″N 74°05′57″W / 41.43028°N 74.09917°W / 41.43028; -74.09917
Carries 1 track of Norfolk Southern's Southern Tier Line
Crosses Moodna Creek
Locale Salisbury Mills, New York
Maintained by Metro-North Railroad
(owned by Norfolk Southern)
Characteristics
Design Trestle
Total length 3,200 feet (980 m)
Clearance below 193 feet (59 m)
History
Opened January 1909

The Moodna Viaduct is an iron railroad trestle spanning Moodna Creek and its valley at the north end of Schunemunk Mountain in Cornwall, New York, near the village of Salisbury Mills.

Significance

The bridge was constructed between 1906 and 1909 by the Erie Railroad as part of the Graham Line freight bypass and was opened for service in January of 1909. The trestle spans the valley for 3,200 feet (975 m) and is 193 feet (59 m) high at its highest point, making it the highest and longest railroad trestle east of the Mississippi River. Apart from the valley below, the viaduct crosses two roads (Otterkill Rd. and Orrs Mills Rd.), the Moodna Creek, and the Erie Railroad's now-abandoned Newburgh Branch. The open design of the trestle was used to reduce wind resistance and is a major reason why the trestle is still in service today.

Current use

The viaduct carries Metro-North's Port Jervis commuter line and Norfolk Southern freight trains. The Metro-North Salisbury Mills–Cornwall station sits near the north end of the viaduct. In summer 2007, timber replacement on the viaduct caused delays on the line due to slow orders placed on it, and required that service be halted during weekend days. As of October, 2009, repairs were underway to several of the concrete piers; traffic remains uninterrupted.

It is also a tourist attraction for the small town of Salisbury Mills. Two major roads cross under it, the major one is Orange County Route 94. The viaduct creates a spectacular landscape when viewed from the corner of Orrs Mills Road and Jackson Avenue outside of town, frequently photographed during fall foliage season.

The Moodna Viaduct appears as a prominent feature in the 2007 film Michael Clayton and in the 2020 film The Half of It.

A train crossing the viaduct from Orrs Mill Road to Jackson Avenue.

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