west connecticut river brattleboro necrr bridgePart of the Connecticut River Line, the New England Central spans the mouth of the West River in Brattleboro, VT as it heads northward to White River Junction. Neighboring New Hampshire accompanies its progress on the eastern side of the broad divide. The bridge is a Warren through truss with verticals, built in 1930 by the Phoenix Bridge Company and is the most recent version of several at this location. The first railroad to utilize this waterline right-of-way was the Vermont Valley in 1850.


6 thoughts on “Northward

  1. We had two old familiar metal bridges over our area of the Susquehanna River-now they are gone, existing in memory, as we cross the new concrete “roadway” over the river.

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  2. Howdy, This bridge is called the North Bridge. It was actually built around 1920 and is still in service today by Amtrack. Interestingly there have been many deaths on this bridge by people trying to cross. It is still maintained (although it doesn’t look like it is…)
    If you walk up onto the bridge it has the date of build, and yes was built by Pheonix Bridge Co.

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      • I wanted to correct myself, the bridge was built in 1930 my mistake. I had to check the photos I took of the bridge. I am actually a traveler from Florida and therefore do not know the entire history. I did some reading online mostly, but I did the daring thing and walked up onto the bridge and inspected it and took quick photos just incase. They have done some repairs to the trusses and from the looks of it the repairs are quite old. Here is a link to some photos:

        As I said I am from out of state, but am going to be moving to Vermont in the near future. It’s absolutely beautiful up here and better yet it’s very quiet.

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  3. I agree, it’s a wonderful place to see and be. I wish you well with your move. We have some very interesting and colorful railroad history here as well, and we still have passenger service along with the freights, so that’s good all around. And thanks for following the blog!


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