Truss terminus Angle Block
There is an agreement between HAER, National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, and Case Western Reserve University to test and reconstruct the bridge. It was shipped to Cleveland for extensive testing. The reconstruction of the bridge was led by Timothy Andrews, Barns and Bridges of New England, assisted by Will Truax. Dario Gasparini led the engineering studies at Case Western Reserve University. Project assistance was provided by David Wright and Vern Mesler. Significance: In 1891-93, the Concord & Montreal Railroad built a 30-mile, single-track branch line from its main line at Whitefield, NH to Berlin, where lumber and paper industries were booming. The line passed through the towns of Jefferson, Randolph, and Gorham, along the northern edge of the Presidential Range. Shortly after the line's completion, the Boston & Maine Railroad leased the branch for 91 years. No information has been found concerning the first bridge at this location, but presumably it was a wood structure. The years of World War I brought the need for longer, heavier, and faster freight loads on this division and much of the line was upgraded to accommodate heavier rolling stock. This bridge is one of three known Howe pony truss bridges that were built on the line in 1918 and one of only two that survive. While it was accepted that wood bridges might have a shorter service life that steel bridges, they were economical to build, could be easily repaired, and gave evidence of distress long before failure.
On Sept. 6, 2017, Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway President Dave Buczkowski has announced that the WW&F will be given the historic Howe pony truss bridge to be used to allow the railroad to cross Trout Brook. The bridge comes with funding for its assembly by the National Park Service, Historic Engineering Record although the grant does not cover site prep, abutments and setting the bridge in place.