calorosome wrote:Nope - the mainline was not moved when they built the Corning/Riverside bypass. The empty DL&W bridges/abutments are still there - one in Gibson, several in Corning/Riverside. You can spot them from I86.
I worked at Corning Glass for a few years.
Oh, and there are still traces of the original Erie ROW through south Corning (by Third St, east of the hospital) when the Erie ran down the middle of Dennison Parkway (nee old rt 17). Station was on Pine St, now a parking lot. Erie relocated the main line in the early 50s - saw a paper with a pic of an E8 on Pine St on the old line, wish I had saved that paper.
This is not correct. The rails WERE moved over onto the DL&W ROW from about one mile east of CP Corning (about where I86/RT17 pulls right alongside of the tracks) east to a point where there is a curve next to the golf course. This was all started the summer of 1982. They cleaned up the DL&W grade and built the bridge over Narrow's Creek in Gibson. This bridge does have additional abutments to the north that are no longer used. However, this is due to the fact that the DL&W was four (or more) tracks wide at this point until at least the mid 1950's. The DL&W had some sidings at this location. The abutments were left in place to serves as wing walls. The only other bridge need in this section was over Gordon’s Creek and there are no signs of the old structure(s).
The distance between the Erie and the DL&W was greater at this point than it was on Corning's north side. In fact, the Erie and the DL&W went under different spans of the (then) RT17 Bridge just as I86/RT17 and the line do today. On the Corning's north side, the DL&W abutments and bridges all were just to the north of the Erie giving the appearance of a four track main. As I have said, at Gibson they were separated by the same distance that separates the road and railroad today.
The tracks were not installed until the summer of 1983. For a very brief period, the view from the (then) RT17 Bridge was much the same as it would have been from 1952-1959. You had the still intact Erie and the newly installed DL&W sporting tracks once again. Obviously, this view was only available for a matter of weeks.
The curve at the east end of this realignment is interesting. The present alignment is the third for these tracks. Originally the Erie went straight across the river at this point and onto the pre 1952 alignment. You can see the ROW coming in from the river as you are eastbound on I86/RT17. Then it made the curve onto the 1952 relocation alignment. Now it curves onto the former DL&W ROW.