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Ashuelot Rail Trail - Ashuelot River Bridge #1

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Ashuelot Rail Trail - Ashuelot River Bridge #1

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in May 2017

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BH Photo #391778

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Description 

This is one of a set of identical through trusses fabricated by the Boston Bridge Works sometime in the 1880's for the Ashuelot Railroad. All four bridges have an identical span length of 120 feet, with abutments adjusted at each crossing to accommodate the fixed span length. Undoubtedly this represented a cost saving measure, as only one bridge had to be engineered and for the entire railroad with the exception of a pony truss). For a railroad bridge the design is quite light, with the truss web consisting of just angled sections.

The railroad was abandoned when the B&M was folded into Guilford Transportation in 1983, and was converted to a rail trail in 2009

Facts 

Overview
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Ashuelot River on Ashuelot Rail Trail
Location
Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built c. 1880's by the Boston Bridge Works; Abandoned 1983; Converted to rail-trail 2009
Builder
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M; BM)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Double-intersection Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Also called
BM - Ashuelot Branch Bridge No. 9.29
CRR - Ashuelot Branch Bridge No. 9.29
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.77048, -72.40787   (decimal degrees)
42°46'14" N, 72°24'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/712070/4738586 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 65309 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added pictures; Noted Builder and added info
  • January 5, 2015: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com