The Travels of Tug 44

East Shoreham Railroad Covered Bridge
Richville / East Shoreham, VT

The East Shoreham Railroad Covered Bridge is also known as the Richville Covered Bridge.

The bridge was built in 1897 by the Rutland Railroad as a railroad bridge over the Lemon Fair River. It is a 108 foot span. The bridge is unually high to allow train traffic to pass through.

The Lemon Fair River is surrounded by numerous nearby dairy farms, giving the fetid creek a lovely odor of ... cows. This view is from a nearby road bridge.

The floor of the bridge was designed with railroad ties instead of a solid floor. The recently added pedestrian walk is flanked by marks in the ties that indicate exactly where the rails had been nailed down.

The Howe Truss construction has a few new beams, but is otherwise in excellent condition. A bit of the new roof is visible in the upper right corner.

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