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MCER - East Street Overpass

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Description 

1901 grade separation on a section of shared right-of-way between the former B&A Ware River Branch, which occupied the two eastern spans, and the B&M Central Massachusetts Branch (later the Wheelwright Branch), which occupied the two western spans. The former B&M spans were built by Boston Bridge Works. Although built of the same design in the same year; the bridges differ subtly from one another. All tracks are currently operated by the Massachusetts Central Railroad, which operates the Ware River Branch from Palmer to Barre.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over East Street on Massachusetts Central Railroad
Location
Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
B&M spans build 1901 by Boston Bridge Works; former B&A spans built 1901 by unknown builder
Builder
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts (former B&M spans)
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Central Massachusetts Railroad
- Massachusetts Central Railroad (MCER)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 36.0 ft.
Total length: 57.0 ft.
Deck width: 52.4 ft.
Also called
B&A Ware River Branch Bridge No.11.97
B&M Fitchburg Division, Wheelwright Branch Bridge No. 74.75
Central Mass Bridge No. #A199
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.25862, -72.23274   (decimal degrees)
42°15'31" N, 72°13'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/728256/4682199 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ware
Inventory number
BH 65851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin