CV - West Hartford Bridge (Older)
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.
- Lost Town Lattice deck truss bridge over White River on Central Vermont Railway
- Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont
- Destroyed by derailment/fire
- Built for the Central Vermont Railway; Destroyed by derailment/fire 1887
- Covered Town Lattice deck truss
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)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 74842 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- January 1, 2017: Added by Michael Quiet
- Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com