New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

8/1/1883
Opening of Service MILFORD, FRANKLIN & PROVIDENCE RAILROAD opened Franklin to Bellingham Junction. (Operated by Milford &

Woonsocket Railroad Company until September 30, 1887), 4.6 miles.

8/12/1895
Acquisition All property of NEW YORK & NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD COMPANY deeded to THE NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD

COMPANY.

8/1/1901
Milestone NYC&HR Chief Engineer William J. Wilgus engages civil engineer Bion J. Arnold to prepare plan for electrification for main

line trains between Grand Central Depot and Mott Haven Yard.

8/30/1902
Milestone NYC&HR petitions Mahattan Borough President to close 10 streets and enlarge yard at Grand Central Depot.

8/3/1912
Opening of Service NYW&B service from Harlem River begins to White Plains and New Rochelle.

8/15/1914
Milestone James H. Hustis resigns as President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company to take over the position of

President for the Boston & Maine Railroad. Howard Elliott returns as President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford

Railroad and remains its Chairman as well. Elliott is the first individual to serve as President of the Railroad more than once,

making him the 6th and 8th President.

8/9/1917
Milestone Substructure (piers & abutments) completed for the 2nd Thames River Bridge, over Thames River at New London,

8/8/1921
Abandonment Line from Feeding Hills, MA to Agawam Jct., MA abandoned by the Central New England Railway.

8/1/1929
Milestone New Haven installs car retarders at Cedar Hill Yard at New Haven.

8/2/1931
End of Service Last run of New Haven's summer-weekend only Harpooner from New Bedford and Newport to Grand Central; discontinued

8/3/1931
Milestone Locomotive 0900 was the first 600 h.p. diesel-electric switcher with a single diesel engine. It was put into demonstration use

on the New Haven August 3, 1931, by the American Locomotive Co., bearing the number 600. It originally had aluminum

connecting rods with babbitt cast directly in them. The air pump was single-cylinder, engine mounted and driven. 0900

would later be classed DEY-1 for Diesel-Electric Yard.

8/17/1931
Milestone PRR appoints George D. Ogden to new post of VP-New England, ostensibly to improve traffic but also to mollify New

Englanders incensed by PRR/Pennroad interest in New Haven and B&M.

8/26/1934
Milestone GE and Baldwin deliver experimental Class GG1 2-C+C-2 4620 HP electric locomotive No. 4899 to PRR for testing as more

powerful replacement for P5a; based on New Haven's 0350 Class.

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