Amtrak Uses Massive Crane to Move Railroad Bridge


Amtrak workers used one of the worldís largest floating cranes Thursday to move the bridge that provides train access between upstate New York and New York Penn Station. The passenger railroad service is upgrading the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which is a railroad swing bridge that spans the Spuyten Duyvil Creek between Manhattan and the Bronx.

The bridgeís mechanical and electrical equipment were damages by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to an Amtrak spokesman. Crews started the rehab work Thursday, which meant removing the bridge from the creek using the Left Coast Lifter crane. An Albany-based company, All-lifts Inc., is providing  the rigging materials.

The work means that, for the second summer in a row, upstate Amtrak trains are heading to Gran Central Terminal instead of Penn Station.

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