After New Hartford, the railroad can be seen on the south side
of Rt. 44 running through the woods. The roadbed is very well preserved throughout most of this route, and several bridges remain. The first comes just outside of New Hartford, a little
ways after the Barkhamsted Highway Dept. and bears a 1911 builder's plaque
This bridge is very nice because it shows how bridges were built on the Central during this period. The older, brownstone bridge was expanded with concrete, and a concrete deck laid down.
For reinforcement, the masons used pieces of rail!
A bit further west of this small bridge (which doesn't have a river under it) the railroad crosses a river; the eastern abuttment of this bridge appears to have been
damaged by water:
The western, undamaged side:
Another gap in the road is visible further west, but too much snow was present when we visited to see if any stonework remained.
The railroad crosses the same river yet again on the way back to 44 (which it then crosses under) at a double-wide bridge that has a center support: (this not very descriptive picture is
taken from the easternmost support, with the center and far one visible. Note the center one appears to have sunk into the river at a cockeyed angle)
The railroad runs under 44 for a while before emerging on the north side of it. Another bridge is visible from this location. It too has a concrete span reinforced by pieces of rail:
We don't know much else about the roadbed as it approaches Winsted.
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