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KAC&LC - Ausable Chasam Bridge

Photos 

Photo published by the Detroit Publishing Co. prior to 1923

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BH Photo #410700

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Description 

Locally known as the "Peanut Line" due to its short run and diminutive locomotive, the Keeseville, AuSable Chasm and Lake Champlain Railroad was charted in 1889 to connect Keesville NY to Port Kent NY. The most impressive part of this short line was a cantilevered iron bridge across the Ausable Chasam, fabricated in 1890 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.

The line saw steady business early on, but rapidly declined with the advent of automobiles. In 1911 the line was electrified, but reverted to its steam engine shortly thereafter due to continual problems. The line was forced to close due to a lack of business in 1924 and was removed thereafter.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Ausable River/Chasam
Location
Clinton County, New York
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1890 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Scrapped 1924
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Railroad
- Keeseville, AuSable Chasm & Lake Champlain Railroad (KAC&LC)
Design
Cantilevered Pratt deck truss
Dimensions
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.52455, -73.46287   (decimal degrees)
44°31'28" N, 73°27'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/622147/4931284 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Keeseville
Inventory number
BH 76455 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 11, 2017: New photos from Luke
  • July 26, 2017: New photo from Michael Quiet
  • June 30, 2017: Added by Michael Quiet

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