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Railroad Trestle Trail - Sheep Fold Bridge

Photos 

Sheep Fold Trolley Bridge

Photo by Brian Gudzevich

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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BH Photo #314794

Street View 

Description 

Former Boston Elevated Railway branch to Stoneham; service ended in 1946. Now part of the Middlesex Fells trail system.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Sheep Fold Access Road on Railroad Trestle Trail
Location
Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Abandoned 1946
Railroads
- Boston Elevated Railway (BERy)
- Interurban
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.45157, -71.10524   (decimal degrees)
42°27'06" N, 71°06'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/326883/4702062 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston North
Inventory number
BH 63295 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2020: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • January 28, 2015: Photo imported by Ian Martin
  • October 2, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Railroad Trestle Trail - Sheep Fold Bridge
Posted April 29, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes seems probable it could be an arch. Multi span rigid frames dating to before 1950 are not common and I do not think the railroads built them with any frequency. Also how old is this bridge? It may predate the invention of the concrete rigid frame bridge.

Railroad Trestle Trail - Sheep Fold Bridge
Posted April 28, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Anyone else think this might qualify as an arch rather than rigid frame?