New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

4/8/1902
Milestone Engineer of Branch Lines Joseph U. Crawford named Chief Engineer of New York Connecting Railroad; New Haven officials

elected to New York Connecting Board; John M. Hall of the NYNH&H elected Pres.

4/15/1902
Milestone New York Connecting Railroad appoints Samuel Rea VP; creates Construction Committee consisting of Rea and Fayette S.

Curtis of New Haven.

4/13/1904
Acquisition NEW YORK, PROVIDENCE & BOSTON AND OLD COLONY RAILROAD TERMINAL COMPANY name changed to

THE PROVIDENCE TERMINAL COMPANY.

4/16/1907
Merger WOONSOCKET & PASCOAG RAILROAD COMPANY merged into THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY.

4/16/1907
Merger RHODE ISLAND & MASSACHUSETTS RAILROAD COMPANY (Rhode Island Company) merged into THE NEW

YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY.

4/30/1907
Acquisition THE MANUFACTURERS RAILROAD COMPANY deeded to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY.

4/1/1908
Acquisition THE NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD COMPANY deeded to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY.

4/15/1912
Milestone In the space of two hours, responding to a request from the White Star Line at about 11:30 AM, the New Haven Railroad was

able to identify 23 sleeping cars, 2 dining cars, and a sufficient number of coaches and baggage cars for 325 first-class, 285

second-class, and 710 third-class passengers from the R.M.S. Titanic. Four hours later the trains had been assembled and

departed for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Boston & Maine. At 7:40 PM, word was received that the Titanic had sunk and that

all surviving passengers would be brought to New York City on board the S.S. Carpathia. At this point the special trains

were turned back for Boston.

4/20/1916
Milestone Work begun on 2nd Thames River Bridge, over Thames River at New London, Connecticut, New Double Track Railway

Bridge, Ralph Modjeski, Chief Engineer.

4/1/1920
Opening of Service New Passenger Railroad Station opened at New Haven, CT.

4/27/1931
Milestone New Haven and PRR introduce The Speed Witch, running between Baltimore and Boston in 14:40; cuts 24 hours off

previous schedule; touted as fastest long-distance freight train in the world; average speed 33.7 MPH northbound and 36.6

MPH southbound.

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