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NH - Shepaug Division Housatonic River Bridge


Housatonic River crossing on the NH Shepaug Division, originally the Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern Railroad. Built 1883 to replaced an earlier wooden bridge, potentially of a Brown Truss design as noted on Wikipedia. Fairly certain this was a double-intersection Warren based on the New Haven's frequent use of the design and having seen a photo of the side elevation several years back.

Removed 1949 after the New Haven was allowed to abandon the low-traffic Shepaug line. The railroad was the last impediment to the construction of the Shepaug Dam, which opened four years later and submerged the remaining piers and abutments 70+ feet below the surface of Lake Lillinonah.


Lost Double-intersection Warren deck truss bridge over Housatonic River on NYNH&H Shepaug Division
Newtown, New Haven County, Connecticut
Removed but not replaced
Built 1883; removed 1949
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern Railroad (SLN)
Double-intersection Warren deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.46819, -73.31200   (decimal degrees)
41°28'05" N, 73°18'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/640956/4592107 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89441 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 26, 2020: Added by Ian Martin


NH - Shepaug Division Housatonic River Bridge
Posted June 29, 2021, by Anonymous

Unnamed Dude Ryan:

The actual bridge was removed in 1949--only the piers and abutments are under water. The link is dead but was part of:


NH - Shepaug Division Housatonic River Bridge
Posted June 29, 2021, by Unnamed Dude (ryanmertz06 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My grandpa used to tell stories about an old bridge that was sunk under the water, but he had forgotten the location. I found this site, thx for the location! However the link is broken :(. Do you have a fixed link or anything?

Thank you!