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CSX - West Branch Westfield River Bridge (MP 131.7)

Map 

Description 

Concrete arch at the middle of an area known to railfans as the "Twin Ledges" at MP 131.7 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 131.7
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.31978, -73.04273   (decimal degrees)
42°19'11" N, 73°02'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/661285/4687137 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Becket
Inventory number
BH 65914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin