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New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Niantic Bridge, Spanning Niantic River between East Lyme & Waterfo, East Lyme, New London County, CT



B&W Photos

HB257587
View, Looking North, Showing Bridge Closed

HB257588
View, Looking Southeast, Showing Pier Of Earlier Swing Bridge

HB257589
View, Looking Northwest, Showing Reinforced Piers

HB257590
View, Looking Southwest, Showing Bridge Open

HB257591
View, Looking Northeast, Showing Bridge Counterweight

HB257592
View, Looking Northwest, Showing Counterweight And Piers

HB257593
Mechanical Interlocking Machiner

HB257594
View, Looking Southeast, Showing Piping Down Center Of Tracks For Interlocking And Signaling System

HB257595
View, Looking Northwest, Showing Piping For Interlocking And Signalling System

HB257596
Detail Of Pipework For Operation Of Bridge Locking System

HB257597
View, Looking Northwest, Of Chain Drive

HB257598
Detail Of Chain And Chain Drive

HB257599
Detail Of Rack And Pinion Drive On Drive Train

HB257600
Detail Of Motors And Gearing On Drive Train

HB257601
Interior, Bridge Operator's House

HB257602
Interior, Bridge Operating Controls In Operator's House

HB257603
Detail Of Track And Tread Plates, Showing Chain

HB257604
Track And Tread Plates

HB257605
View, Looking Southwest, Showing Bridge In Closed Position


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Item Title


Location
Spanning Niantic River between East Lyme & Waterfo, East Lyme, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CT-27
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1935 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1948 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1956 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1962 subsequent work
Significance: 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.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
Railroad Tracks
Railroad Bridges


Related Names
Higginson ,
National Railroad Passenger Corporation
Edgemoor Iron Works Company
Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company
Scherzer, William
American Contracting Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING BRIDGE CLOSED
2. VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, SHOWING PIER OF EARLIER SWING BRIDGE
3. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING REINFORCED PIERS
4. VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHWEST, SHOWING BRIDGE OPEN
5. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHEAST, SHOWING BRIDGE COUNTERWEIGHT
6. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING COUNTERWEIGHT AND PIERS
7. MECHANICAL INTERLOCKING MACHINER
8. VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, SHOWING PIPING DOWN CENTER OF TRACKS FOR INTERLOCKING AND SIGNALING SYSTEM
9. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING PIPING FOR INTERLOCKING AND SIGNALLING SYSTEM
10. DETAIL OF PIPEWORK FOR OPERATION OF BRIDGE LOCKING SYSTEM
11. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, OF CHAIN DRIVE
12. DETAIL OF CHAIN AND CHAIN DRIVE
13. DETAIL OF RACK AND PINION DRIVE ON DRIVE TRAIN
14. DETAIL OF MOTORS AND GEARING ON DRIVE TRAIN
15. INTERIOR, BRIDGE OPERATOR'S HOUSE
16. INTERIOR, BRIDGE OPERATING CONTROLS IN OPERATOR'S HOUSE
17. DETAIL OF TRACK AND TREAD PLATES, SHOWING CHAIN
18. TRACK AND TREAD PLATES
19. VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHWEST, SHOWING BRIDGE IN CLOSED POSITION


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