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Upper Falls Greenway - Sunset Bridge

Photo 

Below an abandoned train bridge over the Charles River

Photo by weirdpix

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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BH Photo #309974

Map 

Description 

Former NYNH&H "Charles River Branch," which ran through from Needham to Kenmore Square in Boston before the Kenmore-Eliot section was sold to the B&A and became the Highland Branch (today's Green Line D branch). Serviced through the 1980s by the Bay Colony Railroad; scheduled to become part of a rail-trail.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Charles River on Upper Falls Greenway
Location
Needham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, and Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians as an observation deck
History
Built 1915
Builder
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Railroads
- Bay Colony Railroad (BCLR)
- Charles River Railroad
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 69.5 ft.
Total length: 75.8 ft.
Deck width: 9.3 ft.
Skew angle
29 degrees
Also called
BCLR - Charles River Bridge
NH - Charles River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.30730, -71.22400   (decimal degrees)
42°18'26" N, 71°13'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/316698/4686291 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newton
Inventory number
BH 64885 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2016: Updated by Luke: Bridge is "open" to pedestrians
  • December 20, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Luke