Sunnyside Yard and Hell Gate Bridge (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Sunnyside Yard and Hell Gate Bridge (Images of Rail)

Sunnyside Yard was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part ofits massive New York Extension, the centerpiece of which wasPennsylvania Station in the heart of Manhattan. Opened in 1910, itis still the world's largest railroad passenger car storage yard.At the height of its operation in the 1930s, there were 79 tracks,with a capacity for 1,100 cars. Hell Gate Bridge was a jointventure of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New Haven Railroad toconstruct a direct rail route for trains between New York City andthe New England states. The main span is 1,017 feet between thetowers, and it rises more than 300 feet from the East River to thetop of the towers.David D. Morrison is a retired branch line manager of the LongIsland Rail Road, railroad historian, and current cochairman of theOyster Bay Railroad Station Restoration Committee. He is a chartermember of the Railroad Museum of Long Island, as well as the authorof five other books, including three Images of Rail titles: LongIsland Rail Road Stations, Jamaica Station, and Long Island RailRoad: Port Jefferson Branch.