Mile 147: Hawleyville, Connecticut

Hawleyville is the site where the Housatonic Line from Bridgeport and the New York & New England from Waterbury met, along with several other railroads. For a detailed history, please see Joe Brennan's site here. Most notably, the fomer NY&NE from Hawleyville to the Hudson was attached to the former Housatonic from Bridgeport to become the Maybrook Line of the New Haven Railroad. The NY&NE diverged in Hawleyville from the Maybrook as it headed east to Waterbury below the new line's grade, resulting in its tunnel at Hawleyville being rebuilt in 1911. Eventually the link to Waterbury was deemed uneccesary and it closed as early as 1939, according to the Larkin State Park Bridle Trail's page

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A view of the NY&NE tunnel under the Maybrook Line (Housatonic Line) Tracks at Hawleyville
A view of the NY&NE tunnel under the Maybrook Line (today's Housatonic RR) Tracks at Hawleyville, CT. November, 2023
A view of the 1911 NY&NE tunnel portal and grade below the Housatonic Tracks
A view of the 1911 NY&NE tunnel portal and grade below the Housatonic Tracks. November 2023.
1911 Date on the NY&NE Tunnel in Hawleyville
1911 Date on the NY&NE Tunnel in Hawleyville as seen in November, 2023.
Sources:
Joe Brennan's site about the tunnels at Hawleyville
Vizettes Railroad History Explorations

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