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NH - Nashoba Brook Bridge

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Train Bridge

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BH Photo #337185

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Description 

"The superstructure is coded as a steel stringer bridge. The two girders are connected by lateral bracing and function together as a deep, built-up stringer span.

Bridge abutments appear to pre-date the present superstructure, based on their width, which is substantially wider than the present deck plate girder span. The width of the abutments suggest that the line was double-tracked early in its history, but evidence indicates that the second track had been removed by the time the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad acquired the line or shortly thereafter, when they started replacing bridges along the line with single-width superstructures as early as 1907.

The superstructure probably dates to 1907, based on its similarity to Bridge A-02-030 to the north."

-Kurt Jergensen, MassDOT Historic Bridge Inventory, 3/12/2014

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Nashoba Brook on NH Framingham & Lowell Line
Location
Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
To become part of the Bruce Freeman rail-trail
History
Built ca. 1907
Railroads
- Bay Colony Railroad (BCLR)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 30.0 ft.
Total length: 32.0 ft.
Deck width: 7.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.50525, -71.41426   (decimal degrees)
42°30'19" N, 71°24'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/301640/4708701 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
MA A-02-032 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 69072 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Added information, description
  • September 5, 2015: Added by Dave King

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