Mountain Mills trestle ruins

Early April 2006 the water level in the Harriman Reservoir was very low. This low water exposed what remains of the ruins of the old Mountain Mills trestle. This was visible from Route 9 in Wilmington VT. There are plenty of old Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington RR relics to be found on the ruins which appear as a peninsula when the water is low. This trestle was once much taller (as tall as the banks). Nearly 80 years of erosion has significantly shortened its height. It appears that the washout probably occurred on the west side as that is where the most erosion has occurred.


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View of the eroded trestle
looking west. The trestle
used to be much higher
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View of the remains from
water level.
 

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Looking west on the trestle
 
 
 
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Looking NE at the bank of
the reservoir.
 
 
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At the low point, looking
 west
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Looking SE toward the old
 abutment (20 feet above)
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Some old bits of
foundation.
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View of low area on east
side. Notice the wood.
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Looking east view of the
 low spot. The wood was
used to hold crushed rock
 in place
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More wood. notice the
 metal spikes which are
still present
 
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More wood, looking west.
 
 

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And again more wood
looking north.
 
 
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Looking south from the
 ruins. Notice how low the
 water is

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Looking at the high point
 in the middle. Looking
 west
 
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A wood rock crib cell. A lot
 of these rocks appear
 scorched perhaps from
 the old mills
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Looking NW towards
Somerset and Searsburg VT
 

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A metal relic
 
 

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Concrete presumably from
 a spillway dating back to
 when the trestle was a
 dam for the mills.
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In the middle at the high
 point. Boats often run
 aground here. Looking
 east.
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Looking west at the
 large washout. The river
 flows through here.

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A pipe amongst more
 scorched stone

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Ever closer to the end. The
 mound on the shore is the
 west abutment
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Vertical wooden poles.
 Looking NW.

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The end west end of the
 washout

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An exciting find! a
 piece of rail!

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Another angle (and my
 shadow).
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A dark picture of the
 mound representing the
 west abutment
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Looking back east from the
 main washout

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Another bit of rail.

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close-up!

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The suspected spillway.
 Looking south
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Looking west. Notice
scorched rocks.
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An odd find. I believe
 these are leaf springs. I
wonder if they were part
of a train, or just scrap
 from who knows where
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From the west abutment
looking at the ruins
 
 

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Looking down the mound
 at the shore
 
 

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An errant piece of rail!
 
 
 

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Old wood braces.
 

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Looking up the
 old abutment

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A view of the water flow
 through the washout.
Looking south.
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2006 Marc Howes.