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Known as the Moodna Viaduct, this 100-year-old trestle bridge — the oldest and longest one of its kind east of the Mississippi — spans Moodna Creek near the village of Salisbury Mills in Orange County. Metro-North’s Port Jervis commuter line, as well as Norfolk Southern freight trains, regularly traverse it; the Salisbury Mills-Cornwall station sits near its northern end. Hopewell Junction’s Rich Wisker was the first to identify this beaut of a bridge. Check out this month’s mystery — a statement-making sculpture — here.
I spent a lot of time on and around the trestle with engineers studying the structure. The interesting part was that they were guided by a group of rope-rappelling professionals from Scotland. Watching them climb over the railing and hang suspended from ropes while they did the inspections was thrilling — not to mention that trains were rolling by with very little clearance.
The scene has been captured by the Gould family of the Bethlehem Art Gallery in both photographs and oil paintings. It is a favorite site for local railroad buffs.
This is the trestle that can be seen off Orrs Mill Road. I know because my grandfather worked on building it way back when.
What the heck is the “Erin and Jersey” Railroad? The bridge was built by the Erie Railroad. Other than its size, there is nothing significant or praiseworthy about the design, and the lack of wind resistance was a result, not a goal, for the bridge type. The type was chosen because it was the most economic long-span bridge design solution of the day. It is largely built of steel, not iron.
Our thanks to Mr. Kierstead for correcting our typographical error.
Sweet sounds of healing
I enjoyed the well-written article by Melissa Esposito about Journey Arts studio in Woodstock (“Sound Mind, Sound Body,” August). I had the opportunity to experience a sound-healing session there. What an amazing experience! It became apparent how much Marcus Linder and Terri Guest were able to “listen” and “intuit” my current state of mind. Then they proceeded to use their techniques to help me relax and emerge as a much calmer and more centered person.
Paula J. Silbey
Where’s the beef?
OMG — how could you omit the Red Brick Tavern’s incredible burgers (“Hamburger Heaven,” August). They are the biggest, juiciest burgers around. Not to mention the mound of waffle fries that comes with them! You must make amends so HV readers can be made aware of this treat.
My wife and I have been subscribers for a number of years, and we enjoy your magazine a great deal; however, there are two things I feel need mentioning. The dearth of coverage of Rockland County shows you barely consider us part of the Hudson Valley, much less part of your target audience. And although your article on burgers was most informative, you fail to mention the Chuggin Rhino in Pomona, whose Saddle River burger (with homemade chips and wonderful fried onions) is worth the trip from anywhere. Better check them out!
Sandy & Mary Beth Gach
In our August issue, a photo of the Trophy Point Amphitheater at West Point was mistakenly identified as Beacon’s Long Dock Park. Our apologies for the error.