Photos of Bridgeport Ramps in Action

Otto Vondrak
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Joined: 4:14 PM - Oct 06, 2006

9:43 PM - Dec 03, 2017 #1

Greetings-

I'm working on a project related to modeling urban railroads as part of an article series for Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. I am looking for one or two photos I could publish that show one of the steep ramps used by NH freight trains to access street-level industrial tracks from the mainline through Bridgeport. Can someone please direct me to some resources where I might find photos of trains using the ramps? The later era, the better. I've tried searching online with no luck.

If you have photos to share or resources to direct me to, please contact me. I can be reached at otto@railfan.com - thank you in advance!

-otto-
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Noel Weaver
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10:53 PM - Dec 04, 2017 #2

There were three ramps in Bridgeport at least during my time.  The east ramp and the west ramp controlled by SS-60 and lead to and from the lower yard.  There were coal trains from Maybrook for the U I plant in the lower yard.  They usually ran on a Saturday or Sunday in to Bridgeport and the road crew took the train down the west ramp in to the yard.  After the cars were yarded the power would go light to Cedar Hill.  The other ramp was at SS-55 (Burr Road) and went east off track 4 to the hole track which had a good amount of industrial switching on it.  A day yard job out of the lower yard did that work as well as the work off track 3 just west of Burr Road (Mc Kesson and Jenkins and Handy and Harmon were the three customers that this job worked off track 3.  The same day job worked both track 3 and the hole.  Normal power was an 0931-0995 class S-1 switch engine.  The west ramp tunneled under the main line tracks to reach the lower yard.
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5:57 PM - Dec 05, 2017 #3

Otto:

Here's a shot in Bridgeport taken by T.J. Donahue looking east. Note the ramp track to the right going off trk-4.

Rick Jet in Bport ramp trk 001.jpg
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Otto Vondrak
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6:10 PM - Dec 05, 2017 #4

Richard Abramson wrote: Otto:

Here's a shot in Bridgeport taken by T.J. Donahue looking east. Note the ramp track to the right going off trk-4.

RickJet in Bport ramp trk 001.jpg
I love the Jets! It appears finding photos of trains on the ramps are quite rare indeed.
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rrtrax2
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9:52 AM - Dec 26, 2017 #5

As a Bpt teenager, I biked down to watch the 'work train' many times at Howard Ave. -- my dad worked at Dictaphone. Did I own a camera?
Did I take any pix? Answer to second question is NO! So sorry. Had to have seen trains on the Burr Rd. ramp. Remember Waterbury
trains descending down west ramp and magically coming up the east ramp! Other ramp is on Crescent Ave near Seaview Ave. Factories
served are long gone. And, of course, HRR line ramped down to street level by Bridgeport Brass. Oh how I wish I had taken those pix...

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pnorkawich
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12:20 PM - Jan 03, 2018 #6

rrtrax2 wrote:As a Bpt teenager, I biked down to watch the 'work train' many times at Howard Ave. -- my dad worked at Dictaphone. Did I own a camera?
Did I take any pix? Answer to second question is NO! So sorry. Had to have seen trains on the Burr Rd. ramp. Remember Waterbury
trains descending down west ramp and magically coming up the east ramp! Other ramp is on Crescent Ave near Seaview Ave. Factories
served are long gone. And, of course, HRR line ramped down to street level by Bridgeport Brass. Oh how I wish I had taken those pix...

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My friend used to bike down to watch the work train as well! Do I have pictures? No. I'm actually going to model the 'hole' and 'east yard' along with Bpt station and Hi Ho Coaling tower. It bothers me that I never thought about taking pictures, always thought that everything would always be here...

I lived on Park Terrace and he watched the train near the ramp. The deliveries were to the garbage to energy plant. I am really interested in when the 'West End' would be busy in the heydey if that was ever...

Anyway, what street were you from? What year were you speaking (sic) of?

Warm Regards and Happy New Year,

Pete

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