New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

12/27/1901
Lease BOSTON & PROVIDENCE RAILROAD CORPORATION (of Massachusetts) lease assumed by THE NEW YORK, NEW

HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY.

12/22/1902
Milestone NYC&HR Chief Engineer William J. Wilgus reports a plan for two levels of electrified tracks at Grand Central Depot, but

retaining existing head house; lower level suburban tracks are to permit MU cars to run directly into IRT subway; suggests

use of air rights to generate enough income to defray cost of borrowing construction money.

12/17/1904
Milestone Pres. Charles S. Mellen of the New Haven writes to Pres. Cassatt proposing that PRR invest in New Haven and Cassatt join

New Haven Board.

12/24/1904
Milestone NYC&HR submits Grand Central Terminal plan to Board of Estimate and makes public announcement; is now to be two

levels with 34 tracks on upper level and 9 on lower level; lower level to be reached by ramps directly from street; head house

is similar to final design but with vaulted roof over Concourse and no elevated roadways.

12/28/1904
Milestone PRR Board authorizes purchase of 10,000 shares of New Haven and Cassatt joining New Haven Board; PRR holdings of New

Haven increase to 53,125 shares by 1912 or 3.4% interest at cost of $8.5 million.

12/15/1905
Acquisition COLCHESTER RAILWAY COMPANY deeded to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD

12/29/1906
Acquisition THE PROVIDENCE TERMINAL COMPANY deeded to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD

COMPANY.

12/16/1910
Acquisition MILFORD & WOONSOCKET RAILROAD COMPANY deeded to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY.

12/16/1910
Acquisition MILFORD, FRANKLIN & PROVIDENCE RAILROAD COMPANY deeded to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN &

HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY.

12/27/1911
Acquisition PLYMOUTH & MIDDLEBOROUGH RAILROAD COMPANY deeded to OLD COLONY RAILROAD COMPANY.

12/31/1913
Milestone Biltmore Hotel opens on air rights east of Grand Central Terminal; shell of NYC&HR incoming station under hotel is

12/7/1928
Milestone Edward Jones Pearson, former President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, died in Baltimore,

Maryland at age 65 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

12/4/1929
Milestone Boston & Maine confirms rumors that Pennroad Corporation has acquired between 10% and 15% of B&M.

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