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Boston & Albany Railroad, Weston Road Bridge, Spanning Boston & Albany Railroad on Weston Road, Wellesley, Norfolk County, MA



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Location
Spanning Boston & Albany Railroad on Weston Road, Wellesley, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-118
Building/structure dates: 1888 initial construction
Significance: The Weston Road Bridge is the oldest of twelve known surviving double-intersection Warren pony truss bridges 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 Weston Road Bridge has remained relatively unaltered, and features unusual crossed sway braces. The bridge is an early example of all-riveted bridge construction, and is of engineering interest for the manner in which the panel geometry was modified to accommodate a pronounced skew.

Subjects
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
R.F. Hawkins Iron Works


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Detail of builder's plate on southeast endpost
2. General view from roadway, looking southwest
3. General view of north portal elevation, looking southwest
4. General view of south portal elevation, looking northeast
5. Oblique view of west truss from roadway, looking southwest
6. Detail of northwest endpost
7. General view of west truss from north side of railroad tracks, looking southeast
8. General view of east truss from north side of railroad tracks, looking west
9. General view of underside of deck showing floor system, looking southwest
10. Detail of bearing shoe at southwest corner


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