Mile 134: Oxford, Connecticut
The section of the 1910 edition of the USPS Derby Quadrangle surrounding Oxford Station
This station had a number of names over the years. It is actually in the town of Southbury and was called Southford, but according to the Tyler City Station Site was renamed Oxford to avoid confusion with Southbury. Since my 1913 timetable above calls it Oxford I'll stick with it. This was on the first section of the NY&NE to be abandoned (between Waturbury and Hawleyville), which according to the Larkin State Park Trail website happened in 1939. In 1943 Dr. Charles Larkin donated the right-of-way to make a bridle path, and one of the first railtrails has been open ever since. The section around the former Oxford depot is a worthwhile visit, with a large viaduct and interesting stone bridge over Eightmile Brook

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Looking West towards Oxford Station
Looking West towards Oxford Station. There is a fair amount of water alongside the trail, which is well maintained (11/2023)
An old culvert under the NY&NE mainline
An old culvert under the NY&NE mainline still working in November, 2023.
Pope Road Crossing, Looking West
Pope Road Crossing, Looking West. Note the old name for both the agency that runs our state parks (DEP instead of DEEP) and the park itself (State Bridle Trail.) Many people still call Larkin State Park Trail "the bridlepath" reflecting its equestrian heritage (11/2023)
Just across Pope Rd, there is newer signage
Just across Pope Rd, there is newer signage. This is still looking west (11/2023)
On the viaduct over the valley of Eightmile Brook
On the viaduct over the valley of Eightmile Brook (11/2023). This is looking west from the east side of the brook.
On the viaduct looking down on Eightmile Brook
On the viaduct looking down on Eightmile Brook (11/2023)
Below the viaduct, approaching Eightmile Brook
Below the viaduct, approaching Eightmile Brook from the east. An upright rail tie is visible at right- there are a number of these below the viaduct. Perhaps they mark the property line? (11/2023)
The viaduct over Eightmile Brook
One of the remarkable highlights of the NY&NE in western Connecticut, the viaduct over Eightmile Brook preserved by Larkin State Park Trail (11/2023.) Looking west on the east side of the brook.
The viaduct over Eightmile Brook. Note that another upright rail tie is present. This is west of the brook
The viaduct over Eightmile Brook. Note that another upright rail tie is present. This is west of the brook (11/2023)
A modern culvert running under the rail trail
A modern culvert running under the rail trail (11/2023.) The conditions elsewhere along the NY&NE (namely that which Rhode Island is fighting between Greene, RI and Oneco, CT as it tries to restore that section for trail use) shows how important this type of maintanence is.
New signage as we approach the site of Oxford/Southford Depot
New signage as we approach the site of Oxford/Southford Depot in November, 2023
The size of the rail bed expands at Oxford Depot
The size of the rail bed expands at Oxford Depot (11/2023)
Looking back east from the site of Oxford/Southford station
Looking back east from the site of Oxford/Southford station (11/2023)
Site of Oxford/Southford NY&NE station
According to Tyler City Station, the Oxford/Southford station was where this building is, on Route 188. It apparently lasted until 1987 before burning down. (11/2023)
Looking west from the Oxford/Southford Depot site across Route 188
Looking west from the Oxford/Southford Depot site across Route 188 (11/2023)

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