Virtual Layout Tour : The Viaduct

A high speed through freight train crosses the GSN’s high steel viaduct sporting some western motive power.

Pennsylvania Railroad self-propelled railcar #4644 heads west across the Garden State Northern High Bridge a few years before its World War-II era rebuild from gasoline to diesel power.

The Viaduct is currently the highest bridge on the Garden State Northern. It spans a deep ravine carved by a stream, feed by a waterfall. The bridge is single-track, serving only the Westbound Main, and features a curved design. Unlike most of the mainline tracks, the rail on the bridge is Code 83, while the guard rails are Code 70.

The Viaduct scene was among the first fully completed on the new GSN layout, which began in 1992, with all scenery finished by 1996. It was scratch-built by one of our members and has remained largely unchanged for several years. The bridge has no specific prototype, being more of a freestyle project, but it is thought to resemble the bridge in Great Notch, NJ.

In 2023 the Viaduct scene received a refresh simulating a fall scene. Members revitalized the stream water, as well as adding a pop of color with the changing colors we see in fall in Northern NJ. We continue to work on this scene with plans to add a new backdrop.


A commuter train races westbound across the Viaduct. The scene has gone through a restoration and a revitalization recently adding fall colors.

Virtual Layout Tour Index
Jersey City Terminal
PETE Tower
The Viaduct
The Hidden Yard