New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

8/12/1948
Milestone Howard S. Palmer resigns as President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company after control of the

railroad is seized by Frederic C. Dumaine, Sr., who is elected the 15th President and Chairman of the Board. Palmer has the

distinction of being the longest serving President of the Line - 13 years, 9 months.

8/31/1948
Milestone Frederic C. Dumaine, Sr resigns as President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company but remains

Chairman of the Board. Laurence F. Whittemore is elected the 16th President. Dumaine has the distinction of having the

shortest term as President of the Line - 20 days.

8/8/1949
Service Change Lower level of Grand Central Terminal begins closing between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

8/1/1956
Milestone The first GP9s enter service on the New Haven.

8/10/1960
Milestone Laurence F. Whittemore, former President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, died at age 66 of

cancer at Concord, NH.

8/1/1963
Milestone Ex "Virginian" freight motors purchased from the N&W by the Trustees arrive in New Haven, CT. They would be classified

8/14/1963
Milestone Patrick B.McGinnis was indicted in Boston by a Federal grand jury on a charge of obtaining personal profit from a deal

involving the sale of 10 Boston & Maine railroad cars.

8/16/1963
Wreck First Passenger in twenty-five years dies in collision of Budd 45 and caboose of local freight south of Bethel, CT. Prior death

occurred on the Stonington Causeway in 1938 Hurricane.

8/26/1964
Milestone Dan'l Webster lightweight trainset towed from Lamberton Street to Sunnyside Yard and PRR for balance of trip south to

Pickens Railroad.

8/3/1967
Wreck Major freight train derailment in the Chepiwanoxet section of Warwick, RI. - 11 freight cars of 78 car train (including TOFC)

derailed and both tracks blocked.

8/4/1968
Milestone First steam operation since January, 1949 on Berkshire Line: Valley RR #97 powers a fantrip Danbury, CT to Canaan, CT.

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