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Train Wreck Dive
SeacoastNH - 6/14/2012 10:18 PM
Category: General
Replies: 6

Has anyone in the New Hampshire area dove the train wreck in the Piscataqua river? Its north of the Sara Long bridge, on the NH side of the river. I’m trying to find GPS #s for it...any help would be great. Thanks
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/15/2012 6:50 AM
I converted one of the duplicate dive sites that someone created without searching first into the "Train Wreck" so if you find anything go there, hit edit and update the site.

Sounds like it would have a short dive window between tides :(
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/15/2012 7:38 AM
Did you see this, it may be on the Maine side:

Jonny Bolt » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:46 pm

I am from Hampton and fish the Piscataqua for Striped Bass almost weekly between June and Sept. The loco is on the Kittery side of the river. If you were driving from Portsmouth into Maine over the bridge, the loco would be on the left side. It was moved over closer to shore, because the railroad tracks that run under the bridge has an automated lift on the Kittery side that stays up the majority of the time to allow boat traffic through at higher tides. I have never been fortunate enough to be on the water in the boat when the tracks slide over and down and the train passes over, cuz I usually fish at night, starting at around 6 or 7. But that loco is still down there, and I have heard mumblings of divers visiting it here and there. The Piscataqua river is very fast, and can be dangerous. It runs 3.5 knots at max, making it the 2nd or 3rd strongest tidal river in the world. It’s no joke lol. There have been many a moron in a boat who have tried to anchor in it under or around the General Sullivan Bridge (the span that connects Newington to Dover) and had quite a blunder. It will suck you and your boat right under.
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/15/2012 9:52 AM
Here’s the closest thing to GPS numbers, a map on Portsmouth Scuba’s website, the train is the blue box in the upper left, they say it’s a boat dive only so maybe see when they are going
SeacoastNH - 6/15/2012 4:25 PM
Thnx LatitudeAdjustment...Ports Scuba map is where I first heard of the train. Its located right off shore from where I work. I’ve dove the river a few times...deff challenging...hence I’m doing my homework to try and pin it down more before I dive there again.

Scott, thnx for the #’s. I got the fish finder working tonight so I’ll try them on Sunday.

Safe diving guys!
uwlover4u - 6/19/2012 6:36 AM
I’ll echo some of Latitudes comments. I lived in Newington years ago and would love to watch the River on the bridge. The current under the Sullivan Bridge is outrageous, violent, and "angry" especially around the tidal changes from in/out or out/in. Almost like some class 5 white water rapids.