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Windham Rail-Trail Bridge

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Windham Rail-Trail Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Boppel in May 2020

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BH Photo #471527

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Description 

This is a tiny wooden truss bridge located on the Windham Rail-Trail along the former Boston & Maine Railroad Alignment. Given the bridge's construction, it is likely that the structure is a modern work built as part of the conversion of the railbed to a trail. However, the individual wooden elements may be original to the railroad (or at least older than the trail itself), but this is not confirmed.

The bridge is unusual in that the truss elements are connected at both the upper and lower chords with screws instead of rivets or bolts, which raises more questions about the age of the structure. Certainly a railroad bridge would never be constructed with screw connections, so the bridge structure seen today is almost definitely modern, but the question is whether or not any of the material is original.

Lengths & widths are estimates but probably within close range given how small the structure is.

Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss with no verticals bridge over Tributary of Flatrock Brook on Windham Rail-Trail (former B&M Railroad)
Location
Windham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Likely modern construction as part of rail-trail but parts may be original to railroad
Railroad
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
Design
Timber warren pony truss with no verticals
Dimensions
Span length: 20.0 ft.
Total length: 20.0 ft.
Deck width: 3.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.82471, -71.26799   (decimal degrees)
42°49'29" N, 71°16'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/314611/4743844 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89176 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel

Sources 

  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com