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CSX - West Branch Westfield River Bridge (MP 131.5)

Map 

Description 

Concrete arch at the southern end of an area known to railfans as the "Twin Ledges" at MP 131.5 on the former B&A mainline. The original 1840 stone arch on this site was damaged by flooding in 1927 and was either replaced or encased by this structure.

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Branch, Westfield River on CSX Berkshire Subdivision
Location
Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1928
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 30.0 ft.
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Middlefield-Becket Stone Arch Railroad Bridge District
Also called
B&A - Bridge 131.50
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.31829, -73.03971   (decimal degrees)
42°19'06" N, 73°02'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/661538/4686977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Becket
Inventory number
BH 65913 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin