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Ashuelot Rail Trail - Ashuelot River Bridge #2


Ashuelot Rail Trail - Ashuelot River Bridge #2

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in May 2017


BH Photo #391789

Street View 


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


Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Ashuelot River on Ashuelot Rail Trail
Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Open to pedestrians only
Built c. 1880's by the Boston Bridge Works; Abandoned 1983; Converted to rail-trail 2009
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
Double-intersection Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Also called
CRR - Ashuelot Branch Bridge No. 13.75
BM - Ashuelot Branch Bridge No. 13.75
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.81665, -72.36892   (decimal degrees)
42°48'60" N, 72°22'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/715097/4743812 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Swanzey
Inventory number
BH 65310 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2022: New Street View added by Dave King
  • May 21, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added pictures; Noted Builder and added info
  • January 5, 2015: Added by Ian Martin


  • Ian Martin
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com