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CSX - West Branch Westfield River Bridge (MP 128.44)

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CSX Bridge 128.44 - South Perspective

2nd crossing of the Westfield River inside the Keystone Arches Historic District. Note the rubble (presumably from the 1840 stone bridge) adjacent to the west abutment.

Photo taken by Ian Martin in April 2015

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BH Photo #322117

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Description 

1912 single-span deck plate girder bridge built by the Pennsylvania Steel Company. Constructed as part of a large-scale upgrade of the B&A mainline on the site of an 1840 stone arch bridge, the second of nine known to have existed on the east slope of Washington Hill. Converted from an open-deck to a closed-deck bridge on the westbound track at some point in the 1990s.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over West Branch Westfield River on CSX Berkshire Subdivision
Location
Chester, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1912 by the Pennsylvania Steel Co. to replace 1840 stone arch
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.0 ft.
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Middlefield-Becket Stone Arch Railroad Bridge District
Also called
B&A - Bridge 128.44
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.31412, -72.99792   (decimal degrees)
42°18'51" N, 72°59'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/664992/4686594 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 65915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • February 8, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

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