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Central Massachusetts Railroad - Skeeterville Bridge

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Central Massachusetts Railroad - Skeeterville Bridge

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Description 

Lattice through truss carrying the Central Massachusetts Railroad over the B&M Marlboro Branch in Hudson. At some point following the B&M's absorption of the Central Mass and the abandonment of the central section of the Marlboro Branch in 1943, the bridge was removed and filled in. The Central Mass provided access to the Marlboro end of the branch until 1980, with the Maynard end served from South Acton on the Fitchburg route. The abutments for the bridge were unearthed in the early 2000s when the Assabet River Rail Trail was constructed on the Marlboro Branch ROW and the 1940s-era fill was removed.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over B&M Marlboro Branch on Central Massachusetts Railroad
Location
Hudson, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Status
Removed but not replaced
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Central Massachusetts Railroad
Design
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.39621, -71.53649   (decimal degrees)
42°23'46" N, 71°32'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/291235/4696885 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89155 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Added truss type
  • April 29, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Ian Martin
  • ARRT April 2004 Newsletter - Note about uncovering of bridge abutments during trail construction
  • Flickr - Alternate view looking west on Central Mass Line