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BM - Assabet River Bridge

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South elevation

Photo taken by Ian Martin in June 2015

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BH Photo #329766

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Description 

"Chartered in May 1869, the Massachusetts Central Railroad Company was the last of the major east -west routes to extend across the state, competing for the traffic of both the Boston & Albany to the south and the Fitchburg to the north. Its road was opened from Cambridge to Hudson, 23.5 miles, 10/1/1881, and to Northampton in December of 1887. All passenger service ceased on the line in 1971, and freight service ended in 1980.

ICC records reported that the proceeding trestle on this site, completed in 1910, was 181 feet long on 15 bents. The present timber pile trestle, rebuilt in 1931, consists of nine bents, each composed of six piles. The 12-inch diameter piles support 10x16-inch stringers."

-P.H. Stott, MBTA Historical Property Survey Phase II, 12/1987

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Assabet River on B&M Central Mass Branch
Location
Hudson, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1931, abandoned 1987
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Central Massachusetts Railroad
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 96.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Also called
B&M Central Mass Bridge No. 26.91
Central Massachusetts Railway Bridge No. 135
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.39512, -71.54749   (decimal degrees)
42°23'42" N, 71°32'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/290327/4696791 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hudson
Inventory number
BH 67514 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • May 10, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin