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MBTA - Beverly Draw

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MBTA - Danvers River Bridge

Closed for train traffic

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #289909

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Description 

Built by the Boston & Maine in 1886 as part of the Eastern Route mainline connecting Boston to Portsmouth. Since the Eastern Route has been cut back to Newburyport, it is used by MBTA commuter rail trains heading to Newburyport on the former main and to Rockport on the Rockport branch. Suffered a major fire on 11/16/1984 that destroyed the approach trestle and damaged the movable span. Returned to service 12/1/1985, with occasional instances of being stuck open as well as at least one barge strike since.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Danvers River on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority RR
Location
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1886; extensively rebuilt 1985
Builder
- Passaic Rolling Mill Co. of Paterson, New Jersey
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Commuter Rail
- Eastern Railroad
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Design
Deck plate girder swing
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 905.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.2 ft.
Also called
MBTA - Danvers River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.53929, -70.88817   (decimal degrees)
42°32'21" N, 70°53'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/344950/4711382 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Salem
Inventory number
BH 62130 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 16, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Common name, MACRIS info.
  • March 13, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • November 9, 2014: Updated by Ian Martin: Changed build year, added details per MBTA documentation and news reports
  • July 30, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

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