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NH - Shepaug Division Housatonic River Bridge

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Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Double-intersection Warren deck truss bridge over Housatonic River on NYNH&H Shepaug Division
Location
Newtown, New Haven County, Connecticut
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1883; removed 1949
Railroads
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern Railroad (SLN)
Design
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