New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

1/1/1869
End of Service Tariffville branch of NEW HAVEN & NORTHAMPTON railroad discontinued.

1/1/1869
Acquisition NEW YORK & NEW HAVEN RAILROAD COMPANY acquired majority of stock of HARLEM RIVER & PORT

CHESTER RAILROAD.

1/1/1870
NH RR 1st The first Hall Signal was installed on the New York & New Haven Railroad at Stamford, CT. It was the first automatic

signal by Mr. Hall on any railroad in this country. Apparently the signal was was used as a switch signal not necessarily as

an automatic signal, as in 1870, the railroads were not using track circuits and the signal may have been operated by the use

of a track instrument. The Hall was commonly used on the NH RR in the late 19th and early 20 centuries.

1/1/1870
Opening of Service WINDSOR LOCKS & SUFFIELD RAILROAD opened Windsor Locks to Suffield, 4.45 miles (operated by the

HARTFORD & NEW HAVEN RAILROAD.)

1/1/1870
Opening of Service Connecticut River bridge opened by the SHORE LINE RAILWAY.

1/28/1870
Milestone WICKFORD RAILROAD COMPANY name changed to NEWPORT & WICKFORD RAILROAD & STEAMBOAT

1/1/1871
Expansion DUXBURY & COHASSET RAILROAD COMPANY authorized to extend its line from Duxbury to a connection with Old

Colony & Newport Railway at Kingston, 3.2 miles.

1/1/1871
Opening of Service THE ATTLEBOROUGH BRANCH RAILROAD opened from the Boston & Providence Railroad at Attleboro to North

Attleboro, 4.0 miles.

1/1/1872
Bankruptcy BOSTON, HARTFORD & ERIE FERRY EXTENSION RAILROAD COMPANY land sold under foreclosure of mortgage.

Right to operate ferry across Hudson River held by BOSTON, HARTFORD & ERIE RAILROAD COMPANY.

1/2/1872
Opening of Service SHEPAUG VALLEY RAILROAD opened, Litchfield to Hawleyville, connecting with the Housatonic Railroad.

1/1/1873
Opening of Service OLD COLONY RAILROAD opened Granite or West Quincy Branch from West Quincy to the gravel pit, toward Braintree,

1.4 miles.

1/1/1873
Acquisition FALL RIVER, WARREN & PROVIDENCE RAILROAD COMPANY stock, bonds and equipment purchased by BOSTON

& PROVIDENCE RAILROAD CORPORATION.

1/17/1873
Acquisition CAPE COD RAILROAD COMPANY deed accepted by OLD COLONY RAILROAD and merger made effective.

1/1/1874
Lease UNION FREIGHT RAILROAD leased to OLD COLONY RAILROAD COMPANY for 10 years.

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