New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

7/1/1958
Milestone The New Haven Railroad begins operating own ticket selling and reservation system at Penn Station. (AR)

7/1/1958
End of Service The New Haven Railroad discontinues all Old Colony passenger service running south from Boston; President Alpert orders

temporary resumption pending new state subsidy bill.

7/31/1958
Sale The New England Transportation Company consummates sale of all remaining bus routes except New Britain-Berlin to Short

Line of Rhode Island and Johnson Bus Lines. (AR)

7/1/1959
End of Service Interchange with Boston & Albany RR closed at State Line, MA.

7/1/1960
Milestone The New Haven Railroad and New York Central sold South Station to the Boston Redevelopment Authority

7/1/1960
Abandonment Line from Middletown, CT to Berlin, CT abandoned.

7/7/1961
Milestone George Alpert steps down as President of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad as it declares bankruptcy for the

second time in its history, giving Alpert the distinction of being the last President and Chairman of the railroad.

7/7/1961
2nd Bankruptcy After years of trying to stave off the inevitable, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad filed for bankruptcy for the

second and last time in its history. Trustees would run the railroad until its inclusion in the PennCentral merger on 1/1/1969.

7/22/1963
Abandonment Line from Stepney, CT to Botsford, CT abandoned.

7/23/1964
Wreck 7:45pm - Six cars of a 69 car freight train derail just west of New London station and strike two Budd Cars on a siding there,

sending one of them into the Thames River.

7/27/1967
Wreck 18 Car Fiery Freight Train Derailment in Cranston, RI at Wellington Avenue. Friction or sparks ignited $40,000 worth of

whisky in a "piggyback" car, according to the Deputy Fire Chief.

7/29/1971
Opening of Service The Valley Railroad - Service begins between Essex and Deep River, one hundred years to the day of the line's original

7/29/1976
Milestone Amtrak dedicates renovation of H.H. Richardson's New London, CT, station after preservation battle; exterior is preserved but

interior modernized.

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