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Boston & Albany Railroad, Marion Street Bridge, Spanning Boston & Albany Railroad on Marion Street, Natick, Middlesex County, MA



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Location
Spanning Boston & Albany Railroad on Marion Street, Natick, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-108
Building/structure dates: 1896 initial construction
Significance: The Marion Street Bridge is one of only twelve known surviving double-intersection Warren pony trusses in New England. It was one of many bridges manufactured and erected for the Boston & Albany Railroad by a regionally-significant bridge company, the R.F. Hawkins Iron Works. Hawkins was the preferred supplier of bridges to the railroad, and benefitted greatly from the railroad's decision to eliminate grade crossings on its main line in the late-nineteenth century. The Marion Street Bridge has remained relatively unaltered, and is of engineering interest for its severe 44 degree skew.

Subjects
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
R.F. Hawkins Iron Works


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. General view from north portal end, looking southwest
2. General view from south portal end, looking northeast
3. Oblique view of east truss from roadway, looking east
4. Detail of southeast endpost and builder's plate
5. Detail of upper chord connections, west truss looking north
6. General view of east elevation from railroad tracks below
7. General view of west elevation from railroad tracks below
8. Detail of underside of west truss, looking northeast
9. Detail of underside of east truss, looking northwest
10. Detail of floor system, looking north
11. Detail of northeast wingwall, looking north


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