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Central Massachusetts Railroad - Carter's Crossing Bridge


Central Massachusetts Railroad Bridge

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Large structure carrying the Central Massachusetts Railroad (later the Boston & Maine Central Mass division) over North Brook, the NYNH&H Agricultural Branch, and the intersection of West Street and Route 62 at a location known on the NH as Carter's Crossing. From online photos the structure consisted of a two deck truss spans over the brook, a through truss over the New Haven, and two through plate girder spans on the west end. This segment of the Central Mass was abandoned in 1958 when the line was cut back to a long Waltham-Berlin branch. Portions of both abutments as well as the two eastern piers remain today. Long-term plans are for the entire Central Mass to become a trail, but it's unclear whether the trail would attempt to make use of the existing structures here given the complex road and railroad crossing geometry.


Lost Through truss bridge over New Haven RR on Central Massachusetts Railroad
West Berlin, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Removed but not replaced
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Central Massachusetts Railroad
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.38755, -71.65995   (decimal degrees)
42°23'15" N, 71°39'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/281043/4696234 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89156 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Added description
  • April 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs


  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Ian Martin