We come across the first trestle along the ROW. This trestle allowed the railroad to crossover Little West 12th Street.
The High Line is part of a railroad ROW that originally stretched thirteen
miles from Spuyten Duyvil to Clarkson Street. According to city records,
640 homes, 1 church and 2 schools were torn down in order to build the
This trestle crosses-over West 13th Street. We are in the middle of the meat market district at this location. The building on the left was the home of the former Swift & Company meat packaging plant.
The West 14th Street trestle. The building on the left was the former Cudahy Packing Company, which used the High Line for freight operations. The two large portals allowed the High Line's ROW to pass through the building. Eastern Meats now resides in the building, and used the High Line for freight operations until the line ceased operations in 1980.
Some residents and business are concerned about the structure's strength.
According to records, the city's buildings department listed over sixty
violations for the High Line. Violations include rusting rails and
Image courtesy of James Guthrie.
Frequent contributor to OldNYC.com James Guthrie provided the site with this New York Central ad. According to James, this was an ad that was placed in Railway Age on May 7, 1951.
Some OldNYC.com readers have asked if passenger service was provided by the New York Central, and if so, when did passenger service end? James Guthrie has information on this topic as well: "I remember running into a former Superintendent of Marine Operations for the New York Central who told me there was a once a week passenger train into the early 40's that was run for franchise purposes. Keep in mind that all of the mail trains to 30th Street carried a rider coach, but that one had to be in the right place at the right time to board -- according to the guys that claimed to ride the train. Whether or not this was officially permitted or that conductors merely were figuring that someone boarding at Harmon for 30th Street knew where they were going is not something I'm certain of ."
Check out this web page that has information pertaining to a pamphlet that describes improvements in the New York Central's freight distribution system in Manhattan: www.railroad.net/nyc/westside.html
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