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CSX - West Branch Westfield River Bridge (MP 130.1)

Photos 

Side Elevation From South Of Replacement Concrete Arch

Photo taken by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #315508

Map 

Description 

Concrete arch built 1912 as part of a line relocation between Bancroft and Chester that bypassed four of the original keystone arch bridges designed by George Washington Whistler. This was the westernmost bridge on the new alignment and is located immediately adjacent to the ruins of the 1840 stone structure, which was destroyed in a 1927 flood.

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Branch, Westfield River on CSX Berkshire Subdivision
Location
Middlefield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1912 as part of a line relocation
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Middlefield-Becket Stone Arch Railroad Bridge District
Also called
B&A - Bridge 130.10
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.30928, -73.01807   (decimal degrees)
42°18'33" N, 73°01'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/663344/4686017 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Becket
Inventory numer
BH 65912 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • HAER MA-157 - Whistler Bridge No. 6, Becket, Berkshire County, MA