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Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail - Berkshire Bridge

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Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail - Berkshire Bridge

Builders plaque. Unlike later American Bridge company bridges this bridge only had one, on the northern facing portal

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in June 2014

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BH Photo #286754

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Description 

This bridge was in active service from its construction in 1900 until 1984 when a derailment destroyed a span further downstream. The Central Vermont Railway continued to operate south of the destroyed bridge, and the Lamoille Valley Railroad (which tracks intersected the CVR's at Sheldon Junction) took over occasional operation on the northern section to Richford VT until the early 90's

Facts 

Overview
Pin connected Pratt through truss bridge over Missisquoi River on Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
Location
Berkshire, Franklin County, Vermont
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1900 by American Bridge Co.; Inactive 1984-1988; Abandoned 1992; Converted to rail-trail use in 1994
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Central Vermont Railway (CV)
- Lamoille Valley Railroad (LVRC)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Pin connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 144.0 ft.
Total length: 152.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Also called
CV - Berkshire Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.95445, -72.69945   (decimal degrees)
44°57'16" N, 72°41'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/681462/4980465 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Richford
Inventory number
BH 61493 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added category "4-panel truss"
  • June 24, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Rail-to-trail", "Central Vermont Railway"

Sources 

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