• Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway (WW&F) Discussion

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by Ridgefielder
 
Manalishi wrote: Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:11 am Boy, washed away? In order to wash away the bridge, that river would have to rise 20 feet higher than its level in the photo. Whatever year that was, the spring runoff must have been ferocious!
An ice jam could take a bridge like that out quite easily. One of those big storms comes up the coast in late March and dumps 3-4" of rain onto the snowpack and the still-frozen river breaks up with the ice floes jamming against the piers and the abutments and forming a dam. All that needs to happen is for it to lift the (relatively light) structure off the supports and that's the end of it-- the dam busts and everything goes roaring downstream. Countless covered bridges in New England met their end that way over the years.
  by Manalishi
 
An ice dam or debris taking the bridge out - that makes sense.

If the bridge was swept away decades ago, is it still downstream somewhere? Or has it been removed years ago for scrap?
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