Rail Bridge, Northfield, Massachusetts

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Rail bridge at Northfield, Massachusetts
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Carries New England Central Railroad and Amtrak Vermonter
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale Northfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Design Deck truss bridge
Material Metal truss, on masonry piers
Number of spans 4
Piers in water 3
Construction end 1903
Coordinates 42°42′22.40″N 72°27′33″W / 42.7062222°N 72.45917°W / 42.7062222; -72.45917 (Northfield V&M Railroad bridge)Coordinates: 42°42′22.40″N 72°27′33″W / 42.7062222°N 72.45917°W / 42.7062222; -72.45917 (Northfield V&M Railroad bridge)
Rail Bridge, Northfield, Massachusetts is located in Massachusetts
Rail Bridge, Northfield, Massachusetts

The rail crossing of the Connecticut River (United States) at this location originates from the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad. The V&MRR was chartered in 1844 and completed an extension between Millers Falls, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont by 1850. Alvah Crocker, a paper and railroad magnate and U.S. Representative, was the first president of the V&MRR.[1] Initially, the V&MRR was operated by Crocker's Fitchburg Railroad.

This rail bridge is used by Amtrak's Vermonter passenger service.

Notes[edit]

^ A: Please place direct quotations from cited book here - then reference them in text above with Cref.
^ B: United States Geological Survey topographic map showing the bridge as the New London Northern Railroad bridge. [2]
^ C: United States Geological Survey topographic map showing the bridge as the Central Vermont Railway bridge. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wheelwright, William Bond (1981) [1923]. Life and Times of Alvah Crocker. Ayer Publishing. ISBN 0-405-13822-9. 
  2. ^ "USGS 15 minute Warwick, Massachusetts topographic map (North-West corner)" (JPEG). University of New Hampshire Library. 1887-1894, reprinted 1915. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  3. ^ "USGS 7.5 minute Northfield, Massachusetts topographic map (South-West corner)" (JPEG). University of New Hampshire Library. 1936, printed 1941. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

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