While time changes most things, the Hell Gate bridge connecting Astoria, Queens with the Bronx remains one of the major landmarks on the trip between New York and New England. But not everything today is the same as it was back in May 1972 when this picture was shot off the rear vestibule of a Boston-bound Amtrak train by this high school senior on his way to his college orientation.
Today there are only three tracks across the span, as one of the two freight lines on the left has been lifted. Also, the electrification over the freight lines was removed long ago in favor of diesel haulage. But a daily interchange freight to Long Island and dozens of passenger trains still cross the immense span each day.
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