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NH - West Branch Farmington River Bridge

Photo 

The bridge & "Dugway" after the waters receded.

The bridge actually survived the 1955 flood but the roadbed was washed out around it and never returned to service. It was cut up for scrap a few years later.

Photo taken by Chester Gehman August 1955

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BH Photo #389931

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Description 

Light, pin-connected three-span skewed Pratt truss on the former NH&N New Hartford Branch. Presumably lost to the 1955 floods which, along with significant damage to the roadbed south of here and declining traffic, forced the line's abandonment north of Collinsville within a year of the flood. South abutment still stands adjacent to US 44.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over West Branch Farmington River & US 44 on NH New Hartford Branch
Location
New Hartford, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Destroyed by flooding 1955; line north of Collinsville shortly thereafter
Railroads
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87823, -72.97347   (decimal degrees)
41°52'42" N, 72°58'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/668156/4638241 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 65251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2017: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • January 3, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Tyler City Station - "New Hartford 2" section has a photo of this bridge and its predecessor
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com