A bumper is
found at a freight siding under the factory overpass. Although tough
to tell because of the shadows, this area of tracks is slightly depressed.
This was probably done so that loading and unloading freight cars could
be performed a little easier.
The tracks in this area is in very good shape, and the ballast and wooden ties appear to be quite stable.
A view looking northeast of the siding in Bushwick mainline within the factory overpass.
We come upon what has to be one of the most unique railroad crossings in America! At Flushing Avenue and 56th Street, the branch crosses over at-grade with the southbound and northbound surface street, and a trestle carries the line over a depressed roadway. The depressed roadway looks like an exit from an expressway, but the problem is that there isn't an expressway within miles of this location. The depressed roadway infrastructure looks fairly new as well. It is interesting that they didn't depress the northbound and southbound surface streets of Flushing Avenue, to allow the railroad right-of-way to completely avoid the surface streets.
Another interesting characteristic is the weird track setup. It doesn't look like they used conventional track switches to switch trains from the mainline Bushwick Branch to the factory siding. It does look like the trestle was built wide-enough to accommodate a two-track operation, even though the single-track is aligned in the middle of the trestle.
For more information about Flushing Avenue, visit Jeff
Saltzman's Expressways website, and click on the Flushing Avenue link.
A view from on top of the trestle at Flushing Avenue and 56th Street. The infrastructure in this area looks fairly new.
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