New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

2/24/1823
Incorporation HAMPSHIRE & HAMPDEN CANAL COMPANY incorporated in Massachusetts with authority to construct a canal from

the Massachusetts-Connecticut line through Westfield to Northampton. (Company organized September 15, 1826.)

2/28/1836
Acquisition HAMPSHIRE & HAMPDEN CANAL COMPANY deeded to Samuel Hinckley, et al., Trustees for the New Haven &

Northampton Company.

2/14/1842
Milestone Charles Dickens arrives in New York, having traveled from Boston via rail and steamboat from New Haven.

2/11/1850
Opening of Service FITCHBURG & WORCESTER RAILROAD COMANY opened Fitchburg to Sterling Junction, 13.7 miles.

2/16/1850
Lease NEW HAVEN & NORTHAMPTON COMPANY leased Granby, Collinsville and Tariffville extensions to THE NEW

YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY.

2/22/1852
Opening of Service DANBURY & NORWALK RAILROAD opened Danbury to South Norwalk, 23.8 miles.

2/22/1854
Incorporation The Cape Cod Railroad Company is incorporated, as a change in name from the Cape Cod Branch Railroad Company.

2/22/1854
Incorporation CAPE COD RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated in Massachusetts (Change of name from the CAPE COD BRANCH

RAILROAD COMPANY.)

2/22/1855
Milestone In suit brought by Mechanics Bank, New York Superior Court rules that New York & New Haven Railroad is not responsible

for nearly $2 million in stock fraudulently issues by ex-Pres. Robert Schuyler but is responsible for damages caused by his

2/2/1863
Bankruptcy Mortgage foreclosed on portion of THE NEW HAVEN, NEW LONDON & STONINGTON RAILROAD COMPANY from

Groton to Stonington, including the ferry.

2/21/1863
Incorporation DIGHTON & SOMERSET RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated in Massachusetts, with authority to construct a railroad

from Taunton to Somerset.

2/5/1864
Opening of Service OLD COLONY & NEWPORT RAILROAD opened Central Street, Fall River, to Newport, RI, 19 miles. (Not regularly

operated until December.)

2/1/1867
Opening of Service THE NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD opened, East Thompson to Southbridge (Southbridge Branch), 17.5 miles.

2/1/1868
Opening of Service NEW HAVEN AND NORTHAMPTON opened, Northampton to Williamsburgh, Massachusetts, about 8 miles.

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