History of Local Railroad Talk Planned

An illustrated presentation on the history of the Shepaug, Litchfield and Northern Railroad will take place at the former Washington Depot railroad station, known today as the Washington Senior Center, on Tuesday, July 30. Pictured is the Shepaug Railroad Crew in 1906, Mr. Benedict (left), Tom Phillips, C. Straub, Robert Barnum, Mr. Kane, Lyman Bristol and Frank Stone. 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Air Force Col. (ret.) Donald A. Woodworth, Jr., will give an illustrated presentation on the history of the Shepaug, Litchfield and Northern Railroad at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at in the Washington Senior Center, 6 Bryan Hall Pl. The Shepaug, Litchfield and Northern Railroad was a short independent railroad that was chartered as the Shepaug Valley Railroad in 1868. 

It ultimately operated as the Litchfield Division of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad until being abandoned in 1948.

Much of the line, which stretched from Hawleyville to Litchfield, remains in place as railtrails to this day. 

Col. Woodworth, formerly of Oxford, has resided in O’Fallon, Ill., since 1986, where he served as an air transportation officer with the Military Airlift Command at nearby Scott Air Force Base and where he remained following his retirement to work as a transportation and logistics consultant for the Northrop Grumman Corporation.  

The program is free and open to the public.

Those seeking additional information may call 860-868-7756 or visit www.gunnmuseum.org.

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