Boston & Albany Railroad, Kingsbury Street Bridge, Spanning Boston & Albany Railroad on Kingsbury Str, Wellesley, Norfolk County, MA
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Spanning Boston & Albany Railroad on Kingsbury Str, Wellesley, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-117
Building/structure dates: 1889 initial construction
Significance: The Kingsbury 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 Kingsbury Street Bridge survives in almost original condition, and features unusual crossed sway braces and cruciform connecting plates in the central panels. It is an early example of all-riveted bridge construction.
R.F. Hawkins Iron Works
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view from south portal end, looking northeast
2. General view of east elevation from south side of railroad tracks
3. General view of west elevation from north side of railroad tracks
4. General view of floor system from railroad bed, looking northeast
5. Detail of floor system and outriggers from railroad bed, looking northeast
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