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NHM&W - Rockfall Bridge

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Middletown CT baybe Bundy Artist

Not sure where this one is but it looks like a cast iron Pratt deck truss to me.

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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BH Photo #417572

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Description 

This is very likely the predecessor to the current Rockfall bridge, which was built in 1898 per state records. The rail line was constructed in 1873 as the New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad, later part of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt deck truss bridge over Coginchaug River on New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad
Location
Middlefield, Middlesex County, Connecticut
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Replaced ca. 1898 by current bridge
Railroad
- New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad (NHM&W)
Design
Pratt deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.52832, -72.69308   (decimal degrees)
41°31'42" N, 72°41'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/692464/4599977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Middletown
Inventory number
BH 80338 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2020: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • May 21, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Adjusted coordinates and added description
  • February 3, 2018: Added by Art S

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Ian Martin
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

NHM&W - Rockfall Bridge
Posted May 22, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are right, Ian. That new photo shows it clearly.

NHM&W - Rockfall Bridge
Posted May 22, 2020, by Ian Martin

I'm fairly certain it's the Rockfall bridge - the arch in the southern abutment was what clued me in to the location. It's in the shadows in the left edge of the NERail picture, but here's a better shot showing it more clearly: https://www.flickr.com/photos/114763635@N06/28143243972/.

NHM&W - Rockfall Bridge
Posted May 22, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am doubtful that this bridge was located at Rockfall.

While it is a NHM&W RR bridge, the two photos (likely taken

at the same time) show a roadway arch as part of the stone

abutment. While I have not visited the site personally, the

photo on the NERAIL Photo Archive website shows no such

arch. (Link provided on successor page BH 61947 Rockfall

High Bridge.) In addition, no roadway is evident on the TOPO

map for 1893 or Google Earth. Presumably the bridge location

is in the Middletown area, since the photographer (Bundy)

had his studio there, but for me the location of this bridge

is still a mystery.