Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge

Connecticut River Railroad Bridge

For some time now I have wanted to get a closer look at the ‘swing’ railroad bridge that crosses the Connecticut river between Middletown and Portland.

The Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge is a swing truss bridge. I looked that up online.

Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge

The bridge is used by the Providence & Worcester Railroad to serve two customers in Portland. Since the bridge is usually left open, it appears to be inactive. However, trains do cross the river carrying paper products and demolition debris.

Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge

I have never seen a train cross this bridge. I think the middle section will swing closed and connect each side of the bridge. It looks rusty, ancient, and generally from another era. The frozen river ice and snow made the bridge even more interesting to me. The colors from the river and snow just push the rust and old wood shades from the bridge structure.

Having no mechanical apptitude at all I find the whole thing fascinating. I have no clue how it works, but there is a small wooden hut attached to one side. I assume someone climbs in there and runs the thing when a train is scheduled. How they get in that little shack is a mystery.

Again, from another era.