6. The Hell Gate Bridge Is Missing a Track

Photo by Dave Frieder

In 2000, one of bridge’s four tracks was removed because it was not being used. Amtrak thought about installing a roadway for service vehicles, but that idea never came to fruition. When the bridge was originally constructed, the Lindenthal wanted to put in two pedestrian walkways on each side of the span for maintenance but the idea was scrapped due to budget issues.

Today, two tracks are reserved for Amtrak trains, while the other one is for CSX Freight trains. When you take Amtrak to and from Boston, you will see the Hell Gate Bridge up close when it crosses over the span.