Sheldon Junction, VT Railroad Bridge Fire, Jun 1900
Central Vermont Structure at Sheldon Junction Gone.
FIRE CAUGHT FROM ENGINE'S SPARK.
Will Be Replaced by a Steel Bridge--A Carry-by Established.
The Central Vermont railway bridge over the Missisquoi river at Sheldon Junction was burned this morning shortly after 10 o'clock. It was the longest bridge on the Missisquoi division of the Central Vermont and though built of wood was valued at approximately $15,000, having cost much more than that originally. It was 459 feet long in three spans of 147 feet and 6 inches each with necessary approaches, and was what is called a through wooden or covered bridge.
With its increasing age the time was near at hand when it would eventually have been torn down and replaced by a more modern steel structure.
How the fire started is not accurately known but undoubtedly from the sparks of a locomotive. An excursion train bearing a large number to the Wallace circus in St. Albans had just passed over it as well as the regular passenger train which arrived in this city at 10:30.
A gang of men was at once sent from here to the scene with timbers to form a temporary trestle. Until this can be constructed, passengers will probably be carried to points on the Central Vermont beyond Sheldon Junction over the tracks of the St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain railway via Swanton Junction.
As has been the policy of the Central Vermont in the past where accidents of this kind have occurred, this bridge, it is understood, will be replaced immediately by an up-to-date steel structure.
St. Albans Daily Messenger, St. Albans, VT 14 Jun 1900