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Brattleboro and Whitehall Railroad, Windham County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-13-30x
County: Windham County
Township: Dummerston
Town/Village: West Dummerston
Bridge Name: Brattleboro and Whitehall Railroad
Crosses: West River
Truss type: Deck
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When Lost: unknown
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Latitude: N42 55.60
Longitude: W072 36.69
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Directions: Brattleboro and Whitehall Railroad (a.k.a. West River Railroad) at the south end of town.

Boston & Maine Railroad Bridge, Dummerston, Windham County, VT
Todd Clark Collection
Comments:
Railroad Deck. 2 taller main trusses across channel and one shallow covered truss on one end. Per The Story of the West River Railroad, Victor L. Morse, 1939, "One day toward the end of the century a train left Brattleboro but stopped at the West Dummerston bridge when the engineer saw it swaying and trembling under the impact of flood waters. Soon the southbound train reached the other end and passengers walked across. H. G. Barber crossed two minutes before the bridge went out. E. L. Hastings was still on when it sank but he leaped to safety. At the time a new iron bridge was nearing completion alongside."
Source:
Morse, Victor L., The Story of the West River Railroad, 1939.

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