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  1. Joe Minkowski says:

    If you go to where the town beach is in Southbury and look north you will see where the bridge was in the third photo from the bottom. It doesn’t actualy cross Lake Zoar but that cove north of the beach.

    • Amy Curtis says:

      I came across your blog when I was doing a google search for more information on some genealogy research I am completing on my family. Your blog and photos are extremely helpful to me – Many Thanks! My great-great uncle was actually killed in the head-on train wreck that happened on Dec. 10, 1892. His name was William Henry Beebe, Sr from Fishkill NY. He was the engineer on Freight #83. He tried to reverse the train but only had enough time to whistle down “Brakes”…a real tragedy…left behind his wife and 3 children and was only 28 years old…. I have a sheet with more genealogy details as well as documents from the Town of Southbury, Conn vital records and an article copied from the “Newtown Bee” which was the local paper – Vol 15, Issue #51, Dec. 16, 1892 if that is helpful to you….article is titled “The New England Collision”. Happy to share info. Many thanks for the info in your blog! Kind Regards, Amy

    • Nancy Donlon Barn says:

      It crosses the Pomperaug River

  2. George Tomsen says:

    Joe, You are partially correct. That cove north of the town beach is actually the Pomperaug river just before it connects with Lake Zoar George

  3. jim says:

    the last 2 color pictures don’t correspond to the black and white bridge; they are crossing lake zoar near the intersection of glen and river roads in southbury. the historical bridge is by the intersections of berkshire and river roads in southbury, not far south of the other trestles. it crosses a smaller river that feeds into lake zoar. its height is really deceptive in the picture, its gotta be between 75 and 90 feet high.

  4. Daniel says:

    Hi there – I’ve often heard that Southbury used to have THREE different train stations at its peak. The Depot Hill (town center) one, and possibly one in South Britain and Southford as well.

    Do you have any idea where the other two stations were, exactly? (the main one was around where the CVS is, like you said.. I know that much)

    Lots of great info here – what are you class are you btw? I’m Class of ’97 but went to private high school after Rochambeau.. I too remember picking pumpkins as a kid before the Green was built so I imagine you’re not too far behind me.

    • Emily says:

      I was Pomperaug class of 2002, so a bit after you!

      Yep, there were also stations in South Britain and Southford. However, the South Britain station didn’t really appear to be in the area we call South Britain now. I think it was over by Russian Village/Berkshire Road vicinity. I think I have a book at home that I picked up a few months ago with some better pix/info about the Southbury stations, I’ll have to dig it up for you.

      • Daniel says:

        That would be great.. The name of the book is fine. I’ve been on a local history buying spree lately.

        There was a girl with your last name in my class year, Deanna (sp?). Guessing you might be related.. Ahh, small towns.

        Will check back to see if you’ve located the book, otherwise you can email the info if you wish.. Thanks!

        • Emily says:

          Yep, that would be my effed up cousin that I haven’t talked to in years.

          The book is called “Country Depots in the Connecticut Hills” by Robert F. Lord. You can probably pick it up online somewhere. I can’t seem to find my copy, but it definitely has the best photos of the RR in Southbury that I’ve ever seen.

    • David says:

      The South Britian station was located where 12 Hawkins rd is(or was).

  5. Rich says:

    I just linked this page to a Facebook site called “You probably grew up in Southbury if…” at the following: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/158901730851843/537386766336669/?notif_t=like

    The Southford depot station was where the Bridal Trail crosses Route 188. In fact, more than 60 years after the track was lifted, the road still levels off in that spot and it is not difficult to imagine an at-grade crossing there. Besides the name Depot Hill, I cannot imagine there are any remnants left of Southbury’s train station. It would probably have been where I-84 current sits.

    The last historical bridge photo appears to be the trestle over the Pomperaug River near where it empties into Lake Zoar. It is about 1/2 mile from the surviving abutements over Zoar.

  6. Rich says:

    The Southbury station and depot was roughly where Bullet Hill Road crosses I-84, which of course is at the end of Depot Hill Road. Based on a 1934 aerial photo, it looks like the depot had several tracks for freight loading and unloading as well as the through track, which presumably is what the station was next to. The track connected Waterbury to Hawleyville but apparently fell out of favor due to its steep grades. As well as at Southford, it is still possible to imagine at-grade crossings on Route 67 (Bridal Trail), Kettletown Road (at junction with IBM entrance) and Peter Road (just north of I-84 bridges).

    • Rich says:

      Peter Road crossing is just SOUTH of I-84 bridges – apologies

    • Nancy Donlon Barna says:

      My Father worked on NYNH/HRR for 44 years. He was born 1893. Started working as a teen as a fireman, retired as a Diesel engineer. When he started the trains were powered by wood. We lived in
      Southbury because of location. Half way between
      Waterbury and Danbury.

  7. Kevin says:

    Growing up in Newtown, I’ve finally learned what those objects in the water belonged to when we would take the back roads in that area toward Southbury.
    I imagine these trains went on to Hawleyville where there is still some remnants of train service and also on to Danbury and the tracks behind the mall. The Carnival that came to town near the mall would travel by rail car probably up until about 8-10 years ago. I think the only other train service is the trash that is hauled north out of town on freight tracks through Brookfield.

  8. Paul Stocking says:

    George Stone use to store feed and grain in the old depot building. Played there as a kid!! Born and raised in Southbury Born in 1947..

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