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MCRT - Upper Hardwick Bridge



Former Central Massachusetts railroad; intact for use as the Wheelwright branch until 1981. Converted to trail use by the East Quabbin Land Trust in 2014, which involved re-decking the entire span and replacement of the timber stringers with steel beams.


Howe pony truss bridge over Ware River on Mass Central Rail Trail
Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Open/soon to be open to pedestrians
Future prospects
Owned by East Quabbin Land Trust and will eventually be converted for use by the Mass Central Rail Trail.
Converted for trail use 2014
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Central Massachusetts Railroad
- Rail-to-trail
Howe pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.34558, -72.14655   (decimal degrees)
42°20'44" N, 72°08'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/735042/4692090 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 61939 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2014: Added by Ian Martin



MCRT - Upper Hardwick Bridge
Posted November 25, 2014, by Ian Martin

Changed it to a Howe pony truss; which looks to be correct from the orientation of the diagonals in the pictures. I think I just defaulted to a Lattice at first since there are so many on the former Central Mass.

MCRT - Upper Hardwick Bridge
Posted November 24, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

These bridges are hard to classify, but it could be a Howe (as opposed to double intersection warren), but I can't tell from the couple little photos. Its definitely not a lattice though, since lattice implies a warren with triple or greater intersection.

MCRT - Upper Hardwick Bridge
Posted November 24, 2014, by Ian Martin

I'll defer to your expertise since I've only seen pictures of it; though it does look a little more like a double-intersection Warren pony truss to me. I'll also update the entry to reflect the rail-trail conversion.

MCRT - Upper Hardwick Bridge
Posted November 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I think the bridge has a new deck:



MCRT - Upper Hardwick Bridge
Posted November 17, 2014, by Mark Mattson (mark [dot] d [dot] mattson [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe the upper hardwick rr bridge is a iron howe truss bridge, not a lattice truss bridge. I am currently repairing it for the EQLT.