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CN - Back Cove Swing Bridge

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Photo taken by Michael Rostenstein

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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BH Photo #273543

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Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Back Cove on Abandoned Railroad
Location
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine
Status
Abandoned
History
Abandoned 1967, Wooden trestles burned by arsonists in 1984
Railroads
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Grand Trunk Railroad (GT)
Design
Pratt through truss
Also called
GT - Back Cove Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.67642, -70.25195   (decimal degrees)
43°40'35" N, 70°15'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/399081/4836695 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Portland West
Inventory number
BH 59425 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,338)
Arsoned (27)
Beam (14,372)
Canadian National Railway (487)
Cumberland County, Maine (77)
Grand Trunk Railroad (12)
Have street view (25,405)
Maine (663)
Owned by railroad (11,100)
Portland, Maine (13)
Pratt through truss (5,005)
Pratt truss (8,740)
Railroad (14,365)
Through truss (14,038)
Timber stringer (3,704)
Truss (31,226)

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • January 29, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 29, 2014: Photo imported by Brian bartlett
  • January 28, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

CN - Back Cove Swing Bridge
Posted January 4, 2017, by Anonymous

Bridge was in use through 1980, at least. Grand Trunk equipment was removed by using MEC tracks down Commercial Street following the fire.

CN - Back Cove Swing Bridge
Posted November 11, 2014, by John French (jfrench7 [at] maine [dot] rr [dot] com)

You say the trestles burned in 1984, actually it was the motor/gear house in the middle of the bridge at it's swingpoint that was burned by arsonists. The trestles have rotted away quite nicely on their own. Thanks for posting the photo. John

GT Back Cove Swing Bridge
Posted January 29, 2014, by Anonymous

the wooden trestles were burned in 1984 by arsonists.