Housatonic River Railroad Bridge

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Devon Bridge
Housatonic River Bridge, Stratford, -Fairfield County, Connecticut).jpg
circa 1984
Housatonic River Railroad Bridge is located in Connecticut
Housatonic River Railroad Bridge
Housatonic River Railroad Bridge is located in the US
Housatonic River Railroad Bridge
Location Milford and Stratford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°12′19″N 73°6′37″W / 41.20528°N 73.11028°W / 41.20528; -73.11028Coordinates: 41°12′19″N 73°6′37″W / 41.20528°N 73.11028°W / 41.20528; -73.11028
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1906
Architect American Bridge Company
Architectural style Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule
MPS Movable Railroad Bridges on the NE Corridor in Connecticut TR
NRHP Reference # 87000842[1]
Added to NRHP June 12, 1987

The Housatonic River Railroad Bridge is a historic bridge carrying Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line trackage across the lower Housatonic River in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, and in its listing was described as also being referred to as Devon Bridge.[1] It is also referred to as the Devon Railroad Bridge by the state Department of Environmental Protection.[2]

Housatonic River Railroad Bridge, under the Moses Wheeler Bridge, as seen from Washington Bridge.

It is a "Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule"-type bascule bridge. It has a steel superstructure and block stone piers. The moveable span is a Warren through truss span.[3] The Connecticut River Railroad Bridge is another bridge of this type in Connecticut which is also NRHP-listed.

It is one of eight moveable bridges on the Amtrak route through Connecticut surveyed in one multiple property study in 1986.[4] The eight bridges from west to east are: Mianus River Railroad Bridge at Cos Cob, built in 1904; Norwalk River Railroad Bridge at Norwalk, 1896; Saugatuck River Railroad Bridge at Westport, 1905; Pequonnock River Railroad Bridge at Bridgeport, 1902; Housatonic River Railroad Bridge, at Devon, 1906; Connecticut River Railroad Bridge, Old Saybrook-Old Lyme, 1907; Niantic River Bridge, East Lyme-Waterford, 1907; and Thames River Bridge (Amtrak), Groton, built in 1919.

The bridge is also used by Amtrak for its Northeast Corridor services.

History[edit]

The current bridge is the fourth railroad span in the same location, originally known as Naugatuck Junction. The original bridge was the first railroad bridge over the Housatonic river, built by the New York and New Haven Railroad, and was a single-track wooden Covered Howe Truss, 1,293 feet in length and a draw of 134 feet, built in 1848. It held the distinction of being the longest covered bridge ever built in the state of Connecticut. The second bridge was a double-track cast iron Whipple truss, 1,091 feet in length and a draw of 206 feet, built in 1872 by the Keystone Bridge Company for the New York and New Haven Railroad. The third bridge was a double-track wrought iron Pratt truss, 1,091 feet in length and a draw of 206 feet, built in 1884 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The current bridge, a four-track steel with Warren through truss spans, Scherzer Bascule bridge, 1,072 feet in length and a draw of 110 feet, was completed in 1906 by the American Bridge Company for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

Repairs were planned for six months starting April 25, 2015.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-04-10. Archived from the original on 2013-02-20. 
  2. ^ Connecticut Boating Safety Regulations
  3. ^ Anne Baggerman (August 11, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Housatonic River Railroad Bridge / Devon Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying one photo, from 1986
  4. ^ Bruce Clouette, Matthew Roth and John Herzan (February 4, 1986). "Movable Railroad Bridges on the NE Corridor in Connecticut TR" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Changes to Waterbury Branch Service Starting April 25 Accommodate Necessary Infrastructure Improvements". Metro-North Railroad. March 26, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 

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