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Wiscasset Railroad Bridge

Wiscasset Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: June 16. 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Maine Central) Over Sheepscot River
Location
Wiscasset: Lincoln County, Maine: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Metal 16 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 12 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This impressive bridge consists of a variety of span types. From west to east the bridge is configured as follows: 8 wooden stringer spans, 1 plate girder span, 1 through plate girder bascule span (Scherzer rolling lift type), 1 Warren through truss with 8 panels, 1 large sixteen panel Pennsylvania through truss, and finally another Warren through truss. This bridge is unusual for its variety of span types. It is also unusual for a bridge to have approach spans that are larger than the movable span. Typically, the movable span of a bridge is the largest span. However on this bridge the very large Pennsylvania truss span dwarfs the bascule span. The bascule span and the Pennsylvania truss span are both rare and highly significant in the context of Maine, which has few movable bridges and few truss spans of the length exhibited by the Pennsylvania truss span.

A short distance west of this bridge, there is a very long wooden stringer bridge that serves this same railroad line.

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