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Exploring an Abandoned Train Bridge

Columbia, New Jersey - March 20, 2010

Some spontaneous urban exploration.

  • I've always been a fan of urban exploration, especially abandoned places. On my way to New York City, I spotted an old rail bridge that has obviously gone unused for quite some time. I was not in a rush, so I took some time to investigate. I even found cavern-like passageways inside the bridge.
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    The bridge spans Interstate 80 in Columbia, New Jersey.

    It continues across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania.

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    My first glance at the top of the bridge.

    The tracks are long gone, but many of the railroad ties still remain.

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    The trees growing on the top of the bridge were my first sign that this place was long abandoned.

    An access hole. Time to see what's down here.

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    Deep inside the structure of the bridge. Obviously, the local teenagers have spent some time here.

    More graffiti. This area can only accessed by going inside the bridge, then passing through a gap in between the supports.

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    On my way back up and out.

    Daylight.