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Bacon Street Railroad Bridge

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Bacon Street Railroad Bridge, South Elevation

Photo taken by Ian Martin in March 2015

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BH Photo #318946

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Description 

Bridge over Bacon Street on the MBTA Worcester Line at milepost 16.07 in Wellesley. Four tracks wide total; two tracks extant, one track as maintenance path (no track), one un-maintained and overgrown with vegetation (no track).

"The four track, ballasted deck, thru plate girder bridge was one of nineteen bridges erected in 1911 by the Boston and Albany Railroad under the supervision of Francis B. Freeman, Chief Engineer and William F. Steffens, Engineer of Bridges and Structures.

The steel in this structure is now almost totally encased in concrete. As built, it was framed with five parallel riveted plate girders which support encased, closely spaced, rolled section floor beams. The girders are spaced at 13 feet on center. Abutments and bridge seats are constructed of coursed, quarry-faced granite ashlar, but have been extended with concrete. Wing walls on south are granite; on the north, of concrete."- Massachusetts Historical Commission (Peter Stott, MBTA Historic Property Survey Phase II, 03/1988)

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through girder bridge over Bacon Street on MBTA Worcester Line
Location
Wellesley, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to railway traffic, and to vehicle traffic below
History
Original built 1893 as part of grade elimination project; rebuilt with 4 tracks in 1911.
Builders
- Fort Pitt Bridge Works of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Francis B. Freeman
- William F. Steffens
Railroads
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
- Boston & Worcester Railroad (B&W)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Commuter Rail
- Conrail (CR)
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Steel Through Plate Girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.0 ft.
Total length: 41.5 ft.
Deck width: 53.5 ft.
Also called
B&A Bridge No. 34A
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.29464, -71.31929   (decimal degrees)
42°17'41" N, 71°19'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/308805/4685095 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 66586 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • March 20, 2015: New Street View added by Erich Pfistner

Comments 

Bacon Street Railroad Bridge
Posted October 28, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't think of one off the top of my head. Back in the day, some Trucker Atlases listed heights on truck routes. The NBI sometimes lists dimensions, but I would not take it as Gospel as it does contain the occasional error.

Bacon Street Railroad Bridge, Wellesley, Mass / bridge height for under traffic?
Posted October 28, 2016, by Dave (888biglift [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is there a database of bridge heights?

Thanks in advance for the help.