What is being built here? Belfast, NY

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Re: What is being built here? Belfast, NY

Postby nydepot » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:29 am

The PRR tunnel failed almost immediately. Not in 1922.
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Re: What is being built here? Belfast, NY

Postby pumpers » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:17 pm

nydepot wrote:The PRR tunnel failed almost immediately. Not in 1922.

Thank you for the new information.

I did find one big pier, just over on the west bank of the river. Not sure if it is the one in Russ's photo, or even the bottom half of it. https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3591846 ... a=!3m1!1e3
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Re: What is being built here? Belfast, NY

Postby Windseeker1 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:39 pm

The pier in Russes photograph is one of the two that anchored the end of the viaduct. They filled in behind and around most of the pier so only the top of the pier is now visible. Like an iceberg, the bulk of the mass is out of site.

Burt relates a humorous story about the pier that is in the middle of the river. The engineers drew it with the ice breaking point facing north thinking that, like most every other river in the US, the Genesee flowed north to south. A local farmer had been hired to pour the pier and reported back to the main office that he believed the pier was positioned backwards. The main office wrote back asking if he was an engineer and if not, just follow the damn directions. And so he did. Therefore, the pier in the middle of Genesee River is facing the wrong way.
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Re: What is being built here? Belfast, NY

Postby dj_paige » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:46 pm

There is still an abutment on the west side of the spot where the Google maps shot was taken, and up that hill a ways.

Here is a photo showing that abutment, although greatly obscured by the trees.
ImageDSC_5939 by Paige Miller, on Flickr

and a second photo
ImageDSC_5938 by Paige Miller, on Flickr
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Re: What is being built here? Belfast, NY

Postby RussNelson » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:06 pm

Thanks for the info, nydepot, Windseeker and dj_paige. When I bicycled the Greenway, I blasted right past that location. Completely failed to look up.
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