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Central Massachusetts Railroad - Nashua River Bridges

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Mass Central Twin Bridges

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Photo from Beaman Memorial Public Library Historical Collection

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #472954

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Description 

Twin lattice truss crossings of the Nashua River on the original Central Massachusetts Railroad alignment via Boylston and West Boylston. As part of the Wachusett Reservoir project, the Central Mass was relocated to the north via the Clinton Viaduct and tunnel and the original right of way was submerged beneath the reservoir. Based on construction photos, the location of easterly of the two bridges bisects the present-day Route 140 embankment crossing the reservoir.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridges over Nashua River on Central Massachusetts Railroad
Location
West Boylston, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Status
Removed and abutments submerged in the Wachusett Reservoir
History
Replaced by Clinton Viaduct
Railroads
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Central Massachusetts Railroad
Design
Triple-intersection lattice through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.37348, -71.77941   (decimal degrees)
42°22'25" N, 71°46'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/271158/4694987 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89469 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Fixed location and added description
  • May 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Ian Martin