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Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail - Sheldon Junction Bridge

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CVR Sheldon Junction Bridge

Standing on the Mail Order Bridge span looking south

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in June 2014

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BH Photo #286259

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Description 

Built by the American Bridge co. in 1900 for the Missisquoi/Richford branch of the Central Vermont Railroad. This bridge served until June of 1984 when a locomotive derailed on the northern span, causing its destruction. At the time it was cost prohibitive to replace the span, so limited service on the Richford branch continued until the early 1990s both north and south of this bridge, at which point the line was abandoned. The rail lines have since been torn up and this is now the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. A mail order bridge now sits where the destroyed span was, restoring the bridge to a functional state

Facts 

Overview
Pin connected Pratt through truss bridge over Missisquoi River on Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
Location
Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1900 by American Bridge Co.; One span destroyed 1984; Re-purposed for rail trail use in 1994
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Central Vermont Railway (CV)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
2 pin connected Pratt through truss spans, with a Mail Order pedestrian Bridge on the northern approach and a small stringer approach on the southern approach
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 153.0 ft.
Total length: 523.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Also called
CV - Sheldon Junction Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.90056, -72.95012   (decimal degrees)
44°54'02" N, 72°57'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/661841/4973948 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sheldon Springs
Inventory number
BH 61492 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added builder, pictures, and dimensions
  • June 24, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added category "Pin-connected"

Sources 

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