• NYNH&H Pleasant Street Bridge in Northampton?

  • Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
  by unichris
 
Anyone know anything about the NYNH&H's elevated crossing of Pleasant Street in downtown Northampton, MA?

I found the plans from 1888 to elevate the line and eliminate a bunch of grade crossings including that one, and the crossing of Bridge St/Main St (Rt 9) which today hosts the bought-from-catalog rail-trail bridge parallel to the CT River Railroad tracks: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... ampton.jpg

But the Pleasant street bridge is gone and its abutments torn back for substantial distance, sometime between when the line was deactivated and when it became a rail trail. Given the trail climbs up and back down the built-up ramp along Hampton Avenue that would have lead to the crossing, its clear that removal of the bridge would have made the line permanently impassable, and had to happen after abandonment, and after the various mid-century railfan trips and later freight movements sometimes reported.
  by Jedijk88
 
When Penn Central absorbed the New Haven they abandoned the track between Florence and Easthampton in 1970. The website Historic Aerials show the Pleasant Street bridge still in place in 1971, but I believe shortly after the ROW was sold to Western Mass Electric Co. and scrapped / bridges removed.
  by trainsinmaine
 
I remember the bridge, but can't locate the photo you're alluding to. Can you provide a link?