Mile 139: South Britain, Connecticut

The 1913 timetable I have on the index page lists South Britain station as being 2 miles east of the Sandy Hook Station, which is just on the other side of Lake Zoar (the Housatonic River.) The roadbed in this area runs very close to I-84 in some places, and I would have a hard time locating this station site on my own. The only resource I can find for a location is the Tyler City Station site, which says it's north of I-84 at the overpass carrying Ichabod Rd. There does appear to be a railroad grade coming from the east and merging with Main Street S just before reaching the intersection with Ichabod Road. In addition to this alleged site in Southbury, New Haven County, in 2009 the Friends of the Valley Railroad built a small station shelter in Hadlyme, Middlesex County. The station at South Britain was only a shelter, but a very unique one, and so the Valley RR people modeled their new shelter after South Britain. It can be seen from Valley RR trains, and serves as a way to make a connection between the train and the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry.

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What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury. Taken in November, 2023
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury. Taken in November, 2023
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury. This is looking east from where it intersects Main Street. (11/2023)
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury
What appears to be an abandoned railroad grade adjacent to Main Street S, Southbury. This is looking west from where it intersects Main Street. The proximity of I-84 is obvious. The overpass is Ichabod Rd, and we went there based on info on the Tyler City Station site. (11/2023)
Looking towards the site of South Britain Station
This is just west of where the apparent railroad grade intersects Main Street S. According to the Tyler City Station site, the South Britain Stop was somewhere in this area. (11/2023)
Hadlyme Station on the Valley Railroad, a 2009 replica of South Britain on the HP&F
Hadlyme Station on the Valley Railroad, a 2009 replica of South Britain on the New York & New England Railroad. Image taken from Valley Railroad Coach 503 in July, 2014.
Abutments left over from the Pomperaug River bridge of the New York & New England Railroad
Abutments left over from the Pomperaug River bridge of the New York & New England Railroad. Taken from River Road in November, 2023

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