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MNCW - Saugatuck River Bridge


Metro North Saugatuck River Railroad Bridge

Westport CT

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in October 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


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Bridge over Saugatuck River on Metro-North Commuter Railroad in Westport
Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Open to traffic
Built 1905, rehabilitated 1990
- Passaic Steel Co. of Patterson, New Jersey
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Commuter Rail
- Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCW)
- New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Northeast Corridor (NEC)
76ft Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule Bridge
Length of largest span: 98.0 ft.
Total length: 459.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 12, 1987
Also called
NH - Saugatuck River Bridge
Saga Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11939, -73.36852   (decimal degrees)
41°07'10" N, 73°22'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/636964/4553292 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sherwood Point
Inventory numbers
CT 8032R (Connecticut bridge number)
NRHP 87000846 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 58247 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 30, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 7, 2020: New photo from Gregory Grice
  • May 10, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 5, 2020: New photos from Gregory Grice
  • October 28, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 17, 2015: New video from Douglas Butler
  • October 10, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 8, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 3, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Metro-North Commuter Railroad", "New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad"
  • October 2, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler


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MNCW - Saugatuck River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Here is some information that may answer some of your questions. The original bridge consisted of three 90 foot fixed deck truss, double-track spans and one deck truss draw span.The foundations of the old piers were used but the masonry was taken down and replaced with piers wide enough for four tracks. (This information is from the Nomination Form of 1977)

"This bridge was unique because it was originally powered by two diesel engines rather than electric motors. The engines, which had fluid torque-converter transmissions were located at track level inside the operator's house just east of the movable span. Power was transmitted from the operator's house to the movable spans by means of shafts and gears, with the final operating effect carried out by a pinion, mounted to the moving span, that engaged a fixed rack." (Connecticut DOT 2004) The gears and shafts in the photo are likely remnants of the old arrangement, left there from the 1990 rebuild when electric motors were installed.

MNCW - Saugatuck River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2020, by IAN A ALEXANDER (ianelectro [at] usa [dot] com)

I know this bridge was built in 1905... but it REPLACED another drawbridge and I cant find ANYTHING about the previous bridge. I know it existed because it is mentioned in harbor improvement reports from the 1890s. Also, some of the gears from the works of the previous bridge are still sitting there on the ground at the East end of the current bridge. Any ideas?