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PVRR - Main Street Overpass

Photo 

Main Street Railroad Bridge

Bridge has since been removed; will be replaced by a trail bridge when construction progresses northward.

Photo taken by Ian Martin in February 2005

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BH Photo #311998

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Description 

Former NH Canal Line; originally built during a grade-crossing elimination project in 1892. The main through girder span was replaced sometime after 1941 with 1907 steel from another bridge. It was most recently used by the PVRR as part of an industrial spur up until the mid-1990s. Being a notorious destroyer of trucks, it was removed in 2010 and will be replaced with a trail bridge when the Columbia Greenway reaches this location.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Main Street on Pioneer Valley RR (former NH Canal Line)
Location
Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Status
Removed; will eventually be replaced with a trail bridge
History
Built 1892, main span replaced post-1941 with 1907 girders, removed 2010
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Railroads
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Pioneer Valley Railroad (PVRR)
Design
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.12055, -72.74622   (decimal degrees)
42°07'14" N, 72°44'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/686305/4665618 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Springfield
Inventory number
BH 64902 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • December 21, 2014: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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