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MEC - Passumpsic River Bridge

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Passumpsic River Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2009

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BH Photo #147727

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Description 

The third Maine Central Bridge built on this site, this bridge replaced a 1908 built covered bridge that was lost in the Great Flood of 1927. Unlike many other bridges though that were swept away, the older covered bridge was intentionally set on fire to prevent the possibility of it being swept downstream and knocking out the adjacent highway bridge.

This bridge, along with the entire Mountain Division branch of the Maine Central Railroad (the line running from Portland ME to St. Johnsbury, VT) was abandoned in 1983.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Passumpsic River on former Maine Central Railroad in St. Johnsbury
Location
St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1928 by the American Bridge Co.; Abandoned 1983
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Maine Central Railroad (MEC)
- Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad (P&O)
- Twin State Railroad (TSRD)
Design
Warren through truss with all verticals
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.42000, -72.01320   (decimal degrees)
44°25'12" N, 72°00'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/737770/4922863 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Johnsbury
Inventory number
BH 43496 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2015: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • August 2, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • October 16, 2009: Added by C Hanchey

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Sources 

  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com