New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

1/13/1885
Milestone Howard Shirley Palmer, who would become President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, was born

in East Summer, Maine.

1/1/1888
Opening of Service OLD COLONY RAILROAD opened West Bridgewater branch from Matfield to Easton, about 7.6 miles.

1/1/1888
Acquisition THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY purchased remaining outstanding stock of

THE HARLEM RIVER & PORT CHESTER RAILROAD.

1/21/1888
Acquisition All rights of HOPKINTON RAILROAD COMPANY released to MILFORD & WOONSOCKET RAILROAD COMPANY.

1/1/1890
Acquisition THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY acquired all the capital stock of THE

CONTRACTORS TO REBUILD & SUPPORT UNION WHARF & PIER IN NEW HAVEN.

1/1/1891
Opening of Service NEW YORK, PROVIDENCE & BOSTON RAILROAD opened, Hills Wharf to Eddy Street, Providence.

1/1/1892
Acquisition NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD acquired majority stock of SHEPAUG, LITCHFIELD &

NORTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY.

1/1/1897
Acquisition THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY acquired majority stock of the RIDGEFIELD

& NEW YORK RAILROAD COMPANY.

1/1/1899
Opening of Service New South Station terminal opened for Old Colony and New England Railroads.

1/1/1901
Milestone New Haven electrifies branches between Providence, Bristol and Fall River.

1/1/1902
End of Service New Haven discontinues Air Line Limited and all through New York-Boston service over the Air Line.

1/1/1902
Opening of Service MANUFACTURERS RAILROAD COMPANY extended through Ferry Street across Quinnipiac River and along east shore

to plant of National Wire Corporation.

1/8/1902
Milestone Inbound NYNH&H RR Danbury local rear-ends White Plains local in smoke-darkened Park Avenue tunnel at 56th Street,

New York; 15 killed; public outcry calls for electrification of NYC&HR at New York.

1/23/1902
Milestone NYC&HR submits 1899 Wilgus Plan for electrification of New York suburban trains to Board of Railroad Commissioners.

1/1/1903
NH RR 1st First railroad to operate a totally electrically illuminated passenger train, the Merchants Limited.

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