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Upcoming Tours and Events

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Chester, NJ
Saturday, September 16
10:00 a.m.

Led by Joe Macasek & Bierce Riley. From our meeting place at the Black River County Park / Cooper Mill visitors center, we will walk along the Hacklebarney Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey down into the Black River gorge to see the mines and forge sites of the Hacklebarney Mining District.  Included will be an exploration of the seldom visited Hacklebarney lower forge site.  After the walk there will be an opportunity to take a guided tour of the fully restored Cooper Gristmill.  This moderate three hour hike will involve a lot of walking and some off-trail exploration.

CLICK for directions and information. Please bring a lunch and something to drink. Facilities are available at the visitor center.

To register for this tour, please email macgraphics2@gmail.com. If you wish to use public transportation, there will be a pickup for people arriving via NJTransit at the Morristown train station. If you plan to come by train, please let us know by e-mail in advance. This tour is sponsored by Morris County Park Industrial Heritage Walks. There is a $5.00 fee.


Poughkeepsie, NY
Saturday, September 23
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Led by Matt Kierstead. "Tale of Two Bridges" is the latest of the occasional "Upriver IA" Hudson Valley tours like the Wappingers Falls Hydroelectric and Fahnestock Park Iron Ore Mines/West Point Foundry tours. Tour organizer Matt Kierstead will be assisted by some special hosts to provide engineer ing and historical background on the Walkway Over the Hudson, and we will also visit the nearby Mid-Hudson Suspension Bridge for a very special tour there. The tour is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis Current Roebling Chapter members will be given preference. Please email rcsia.sec@gmail.com to register. CLICK for directions, train schedules, and parking information.

• Registration ends September 16, as NYSBA will need a head count at that time for the Mid-Hudson Bridge tour.
There is absolutely no access for physical disabilities at the Mid-Hudson Bridge.
• The anchorage interior has dark areas with steep, uneven footing. Everyone must wear SIA tour-appropriate footwear, and bringing a small flashlight is recommended. No hard hats required. No photography is allowed inside the anchorage.

The Walkway Over The Hudson was originally a railroad bridge built in 1889. The steel cantilever truss bridge carried the New Haven Railroad's important "Maybrook Division" New England freight gateway 6,768 feet across the Hudson River. The bridge closed after a 1974 fire, and was reborn in 2009 as the Walkway Over The Hudson. New York's newest State Park, it is the longest pedestrian footbridge in the world, hosting more than 750,000 annual visitors on a promenade 212 ft above the river.

The 3,000 ft long Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Suspension Bridge connecting Routes 44/55 between Poughkeepsie with Highland, NY was completed in 1930 and was the sixth-longest suspension bridge in the world when built. Chief engineer Ralph Modjeski also strengthened the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. Owner New York State Bridge Authority is planning a bridge museum inside one of the approach structures, where the cable anchors are visible.


• 10:00 a.m. Meet at Walkway Over The Hudson, East Gate, Washington Street, Poughkeepsie. Location, Walkway State Park parking lots, Metro-North Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie

• 10:00 a.m.-12:00 pm. We will spend two hours on the Walkway Over The Hudson. Walkway planning brainchild Fred Schaeffer and bridge engineer Barney Martin of Modjeski & Masters will join us to provide engineering and history background. There will be a little time to wander and enjoy spectacular views up and down the Hudson River. We will view the bridge from a glass elevator and from riverfront Waryas Park, where we will stop for lunch.

• 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Hudson River at Waryas Park or nearby restaurants.

• 1:30-3:30 p.m. We will tour the Mid-Hudson Suspension Bridge including the east anchorage structure. Our hosts, Jeffrey Wright, Chief Engineer for the New York State Bridge Authority, and Barney Martin, will take us on the first public tour inside the anchorage to see the cable anchors and toll collectors house. Discussion will include plans for a NYSBA "bridge museum." Copies of NYSBA's bridge history book will be available for sale.

• 3:30 p.m. Tour ends.

CLICK for a brochure about the Mid-Hudson Bridge.
"Hudson River Bridges" by Kathryn W. Burke is recommended reading. It's available from amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers. The ISBN is 9780738549866.


A tour with Clifford Zink
Trenton, NY
Saturday, October 14
11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Led by Ron Parker, 646-339-6138 ( randc6@gmail.com). We will meet at 11:15am in Trenton, NJ, at the Hamilton Avenue Train Station of the River Line Light Rail, which is at the intersection of Canal and Elmer Streets.The tour will start promptly at 11:30 and will finish around 2:30. This is a fairly gentle street-walking tour -- there will be nothing strenuous. We will be outside, so dress accordingly with good walking shoes.

Clifford Zink is a preservation consultant, based in Princeton, and author of 6 books, including the prizewinning title The Roebling Legacy. He will conduct a walk around Trenton to look at it through the eyes of the Roebling family and their time as the major industry of Trenton. His sixth book is Mercer Magic, about the Trenton car company co-founded by the Roeblings. Mr. Zink was the recipient of the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from our Roebling Chapter SIA, for his outstanding contribution to documenting and preserving industrial heritage. Also he served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories. Signed copies of The Roebling Legacy will be available for $25 each.

E-mail Sandy Needham at scotsloon@gmail.com if you plan to attend. If you don't have email please phone 347.808.9168. There is no cost for this tour aside from transport. The group limit is 25 persons. We may be able to extend that by a few if there is over-subscription. Roebling members will be given preference.

By car: From the north: NJ Turnpike to Exit 7 to I-195 West to Route 129 N to Hamilton Ave in Trenton. Right on Hamilton Ave, first right on Clark St, first right on Elmer St.
Park along Elmer or in the Roebling Market lot. The River Line Hamilton Ave. Station is at the west end of Elmer St.

By Train: From Manhattan to Trenton: meet at Penn Station NJ Transit ticket windows east end (7th Ave.) at 9:00 for Trenton (Northeast Corridor line) 9:14 and arrive 10:45.
In Trenton, across the street at River Line Light Rail, buy and validate ticket to Hamilton Ave. Station (1st stop) leave 11:14 arrive 11:16.
Cost one way - regular $12.50+ $1.60; Senior $5.70+$.75


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