New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

7/9/1889
Lease NEW HAVEN & DERBY RAILROAD leased to HOUSATONIC RAILROAD COMPANY for 99 years.

7/29/1889
Opening of Service THE POUGHKEEPSIE AND CONNECTICUT RAILROAD opened from Poughkeepsie to Silvernails, about 27 miles.

7/1/1890
Lease SHEPAUG, LITCHFIELD & NORTHERN RAILROAD leased to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY for 75 years.

7/1/1891
Lease PROVIDENCE, WARREN & BRISTOL RAILROAD COMPANY leased to OLD COLONY RAILROAD COMPANY.

7/1/1892
Lease PROVIDENCE & WORCESTER RAILROAD COMPANY leased to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY for 99 years from July 1, 1892.

7/4/1894
Milestone The 46 year old, former 1st New Haven Union station on Chapel Street, a public market since 1871, burns in a spectacular

fire that starts near midnight in a Fireworks vendor's kiosk.

7/26/1896
NH RR 1st First 3rd rail power distribution for electric trains from Nantasket Junction, MA to East Weymouth, MA.

7/1/1898
Lease THE NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD COMPANY leased to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY for 99 years.

7/9/1898
Merger SHEPAUG, LITCHFIELD & NORTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY merged into THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN &

HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY.

7/1/1912
Opening of Service New York Westchester & Boston Railway opens from 180th St. in Bronx to White Plains and New Rochelle

7/1/1913
Milestone Massachusetts railroad law amended to lift restriction that prohibits a funded debt that is greater than paid-in stock and allows

a funded debt twice as great; old law had required New Haven to run up a very large floating debt, which could not be funded.

7/8/1913
Milestone Charles S. Mellen resigns as Pres. of Boston & Maine and Maine Central.

7/9/1913
Milestone ICC issues report on Boston & Maine; finds no problem with B&M finances, but blasts methods used by New Haven to

acquire stock of B&M, trolleys and steamship lines; recommends that New Haven divest trolleys and steamships.

7/9/1913
Milestone The ICC published a report which severely criticized the financial management of the New Haven Railroad. The report

validated charges made by Lewis Brandeis in 1907 that the railroad had been brought to the brink of insolvency under the

management of Charles S. Mellen and James Pierpont Morgan. In the report, the ICC recommended that the New Haven be

stripped of all its trolley and steamship holdings.

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