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MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Pre 1906)

Photos 

Public Domain; Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #516357

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Kennebec River on Maine Central Railroad in Augusta.
Location
Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine
Status
Removed but not replaced
Railroads
- Kennebec & Portland Railroad (K&P)
- Maine Central Railroad (MEC)
Design
Four-span Pratt through truss with multiple deck plate girder approaches
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.31895, -69.77117   (decimal degrees)
44°19'08" N, 69°46'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/438503/4907588 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96117 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 30, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected info to make this the Pratt replacement page
  • January 30, 2022: New photo from Luke

Sources 

  • Paul Plassman
  • Luke

Comments 

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Newer)
Posted January 31, 2022, by Luis (luissanlop36 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

This is true. This bridge was blown up in 1974 as part of the shooting of "Earthquake" (Mark Robson, 1974), but finally they didn't use it in the movie.

I hope this footage will appear in a bluray special edition or something similar.

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Old)
Posted January 30, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Supposedly this bridge was blown up in 1974 as part of the making of a movie called "Earthquake".

https://www.facebook.com/Iloveaugustamaine/posts/23292605163...

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Old)
Posted January 30, 2022, by Paul Plassman

OK, we can make the original page the Whipple page and convert the page I created to the Pratt replacement. Apologies for the mix-up...in trying to sort out the two bridges on the same page I wrongly assumed this page was for the bridge on the postcard.

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Old)
Posted January 30, 2022, by Luke

That entry was based around the same stereoview when Dave King added it. Someone adding the wrong postcard doesn't change that.

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Old)
Posted January 30, 2022, by Paul Plassman

They look like different bridges to me. One's a four-span riveted Pratt, while the one in the 1895 stereoview is a six-span Whipple with pinned connections.

MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Old)
Posted January 30, 2022, by Luke
MEC - Kennebec River Bridge (Old)
Posted January 30, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Looks like this might possibly be a Phoenix column bridge?