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Moose Brook Bridge


Moose Brook Bridge, Goreham

Sections of bridge being returned to Gorham Oct. 28, 2014.

National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges

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BH Photo #306754


Truss terminus Angle Block

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From Historical American Engineering Record:

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.


Howe pony truss bridge over Moose Brook on Former Boston & Maine/St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Gorham, Coos County, New Hampshire
Installed on Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum's main line. In use by their equipment.
Future prospects
To be reconstructed on Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington narrow-gauge Railway in Maine
Built 1918; lost to arson in May 2004. Remaining structure used for testing Howe trusses at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. On October 28, 2014, parts were returned to Gorham. Acquired by WW&FRy Sept. 2017. Installed 2019
- Boston & Maine Bridge Crew
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
Wooden Howe boxed pony truss
Total length: 48.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.38723, -71.17448   (decimal degrees)
44°23'14" N, 71°10'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/326800/4917183 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 63913 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: status updated
  • October 7, 2017: Updated by Will Truax: Opened edit to add a video and instead added year of loss to arson
  • September 6, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge to be relocated to Maine for adaptive reuse on narrow-gauge steam railroad
  • December 26, 2014: New photo from Will Truax
  • November 1, 2014: Updated by Will Truax: Corrected length
  • October 31, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Boxed pony truss"
  • October 31, 2014: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV


  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com


Moose Brook Bridge
Posted September 15, 2018, by Will (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

The replicated Moose Brook (using salvaged Rods Nuts & Washers and Cast Iron Angle Blocks) is now the Trout Brook and has been emplaced at the WW&F Rw and will within the coming year carry trains again.


Moose Brook Bridge
Posted December 3, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Literally, up from the ashes! http://youtu.be/dbn8ZhP7UGA?a

And the WW&F is still working to raise abutment money https://fundrazr.com/NarrowBridgeAhead?ref=ab_5GWwLW8Nen95GW...

Moose Brook Bridge
Posted October 4, 2017, by Ed Lecuyer (ed [at] spongeawareness [dot] com)

On October 4, 2017, the bridge timbers were relocated from Gorham, NH to Alna, ME so that the reconstruction and assembly of the Moose Brook Bridge can begin at the WW&F. For updates, and to contribute to the effort, please visit https://fundrazr.com/NarrowBridgeAhead

Moose Brook Bridge
Posted September 7, 2017, by Ed Lecuyer (ed [at] spongeawareness [dot] com)

Fundraising for the reconstruction of this bridge is underway. For details on the project and to contribute to the cause, please visit:


Moose Brook Bridge
Posted September 6, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Very cool! I knew the WW&F were looking and wondered what they would choose. Looks like an interesting selection!


Art S.

Moose Brook Bridge
Posted September 6, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Its a little sad to see this one moving out of NH and not being able to be restored for trail use on the PRRT, but on the other hand its a very exciting prospect for this to be restored for actual railroad (albeit narrow gauge) use. I'll definitely make the haul up to Wiscasset for this one

Moose Brook Bridge
Posted January 5, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

A slideshow of A PP presentation documenting the replication of the Moose Brook given by the parties involved in making this happen at last years 2nd National, has recently been uploaded to the net.

Both photos of the process of recreating the trusswork, (many of them mine) and Vern's work in repairing damaged castings included >