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New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Fort Point Channel Rolling Lift Bridge, Spanning Fort Point Channel, Boston, Suffolk County, MA

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Fort Point Channel Rolling Lift Bridge, Spanning Fort Point Channel, Boston, Suffolk County, MA



Significance: The construction of South Station in 1896-98, involved the rerouting of several of the old lines from the west and south. The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad constructed a six-track rolling-lift bridge, the first of a new class of bascule lift bridges invented by William Scherzer (1858-93). The bridge was the fourth to be built by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company, and the first to be constructed outside of Chicago. The six track bridge is made up of three separate through riveted truss spans. Each draw span, weighing approximately 500 tons, could be raised or lowered independently of the other two, requiring usually thirty seconds to either open or close. While the bridge remains in use today by Amtrak and MBTA commuter trains, the operating mechanism has been removed.
Survey number: HAER MA-35
Building/structure dates: 1948 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1898-1900 Initial Construction



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad
Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Old Colony Railroad
Boston & Providence Railroad
Clark, Charles P
New York & New England Railroad
Boston Terminal Company
Scherzer, Albert H
Curtis, Fayette Samuel
Moore, William Harley
Dwight & Daly
Pennsylvania Steel Company
Clement, Dan, transmitter
Massachusetts Highway Department, sponsor
Massachusetts Historical Commission, sponsor
Carolan, Jane, project manager
Brown, Connie, field team
Boucher, Jack E, photographer
Lowe, Jet, photographer
Stupich, Martin, photographer
Stott, Peter H, historian
Carolan, Jane, historian
Jandoli, Liz, transmitter




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