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Moodna Viaduct

Moodna Viaduct
A Metro-North Port Jervis Line train crossing the Moodna.
Carries 1 track of Norfolk Southern's Southern Tier Line
Crosses Moodna Creek
Locale Salisbury Mills, NY
Maintained by Metro-North Railroad
(owned by Norfolk Southern)
Design Trestle
Total length 3,200 feet (980 m)
Clearance below 193 feet (59 m)
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 1
  • Current use 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The bridge was constructed between 1904 and 1908 by the Erie Railroad as part of the Graham Line and was opened for service in January 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. 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. The viaduct crosses Orrs Mills Road north of the creek and Otter Kill Road south of the creek.

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.[1] 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 20. 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.[2]


See also


  1. ^ Rife, Judy (July 24, 2007). "Moodna Viaduct repairs scheduled for this weekend". Times Herald-Record (Middletown). Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Trivia for Michael Clayton (IMDB)". Retrieved 2008-07-09. 

External links

  • Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. NY-62, "Erie Railway, Moodna Creek Viaduct"
  • NJT MNRR Moodna Viaduct on YouTube. Video taken from a train crossing the viaduct.
  • Happy 100th Birthday Moodna Viaduct on YouTube. Video taken August 2007 showing the span.
  • Moodna Viaduct Filmed with a UAV on YouTube. Drone footage of the Moodna Viaduct.
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