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AMTK - Niantic River Bridge (Old)


View, Looking North, Showing Bridge Closed

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #236413


The Niantic Bridge is a through girder bridge and consists of a movable span and four approach spans on stone masonry piers. The movable span is a chain-driven Scherzer rolling lift bascule span with overhead counterweight. It is significant as part of the transportation link in the shoreline route of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, and as an individual engineering solution to the need to provide dependable rail service while accommodating river navigation.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Pony plate girder over Niantic River on Amtrak (2 tracks)
Niantic, New London County, Connecticut
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1907; Replaced 2012
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Northeast Corridor (NEC)
- Shore Line East (SLE)
Pony plate girder
Length of largest span: 76.0 ft.
Total length: 291.0 ft.
Also called
NH - Niantic River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32255, -72.17693   (decimal degrees)
41°19'21" N, 72°10'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/736276/4578408 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 53039 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 26, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 24, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 29, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • October 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Replacement underway
  • July 31, 2012: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke
  • HAER CT-27 - New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Niantic Bridge, Spanning Niantic River between East Lyme & Waterford, Old Lyme, New London County, CT
  • Douglas Butler
  • Old Amtrak Niantic River Bridge - About to be replaced
  • Geoff Hubbs