• Hawleyville Tunnels, Retracing the Shepaug and NY&NE RRs

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  by Cosmo
RichCoffey wrote:Thanks Cosmo - Retracing the other rail lines and checking out the Pomperaug River Railroad Bridge was awesome as well…
Any pics of that? ;)
  by Ridgefielder
RichCoffey wrote:There are four pages on that mini
site - much more than just the tunnels...
Rich- There's another prominent remnant of the Shepaug in the Danbury area, in Bethel. The stone arch bridge that carried the Hawleyville-Bethel portion of the line over East Swamp Brook is still intact, and clearly visible from the intersection of Plumtrees and Walnut Hill Roads, right by the entrance to the Bethel High School. You can pick up other traces of the ROW as you continue east on Plumtrees- it must have crossed the road at grade twice. I've never been able to detect any remnant of it west/south of the Walnut Hill Rd intersection, however. Guess it's been thoroughly obliterated by development, which isn't surprising considering this stretch was abandoned in 1911.
  by runningwithscalpels
There is not nearly enough around about the Shepaug RR, thanks :)
  by RichCoffey
(This other thread prompted further research
http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopi ... 6&t=158457 )

An “armchair” exploration of the Shepaug Railroad - Hawleyville to Bethel
Maps, "Aerials & Bird’s Eye” Research - There IS a lot to see online if you look closely…
  by RichCoffey
refresh your cache
A World Topo 4U mp has been added to the Newtown page and...
The Shepaug Railroad - Hawleyville to Bethel page has been updated as well

NRGeep - yes - it appears Fairfield State Hospital in Newtown did have a spur near Deep Brook.
Topo Map
Bing Bird’s Eye
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qx0x1w ... orm=LMLTCC" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105197893 ... 9864664747
  by RichCoffey
I trekked the Shepaug/D&N Hawleyville to Bethel abandoned ROW today.
Once again, extremely crappy weather but I was able to snap a few good pics and I have updated the map accordingly.
^ Ridgefielder thanks for the tip


Earlier in the day I gave a lecture/presentation in Newtown “Railroad History In and Around Newtown, Connecticut”
It was well attended! :-)

There’s a PDF version online for anyone interested...
http://www.vizettes.com/kt/dn-rr-histor ... istory.pdf