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CV - West Hartford Bridge (Older)

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Description 

The West Hartford Bridge was the site of what was then (and continues to be) the worst railroad accident in Vermont's history. At the time the crossing was serviced by a covered Town Lattice deck truss, totaling 650 feet in length. On the night of February 5th, 1887 a northbound trains rear cars jumped the tracks just before crossing this bridge and fell off, igniting a fire that destroyed the entire structure. In total 37 people were killed and 50 more injured.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Town Lattice deck truss bridge over White River on Central Vermont Railway
Location
Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont
Status
Destroyed by derailment/fire
History
Built for the Central Vermont Railway; Destroyed by derailment/fire 1887
Design
Covered Town Lattice deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 640.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.68131, -72.39441   (decimal degrees)
43°40'53" N, 72°23'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/710019/4839777 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 74842 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2017: Added by Michael Quiet

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Sources 

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