New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

6/9/1896
Incorporation BOSTON TERMINAL COMPANY incorporated. (The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, the Boston

& Albany Railroad Company, the Boston & Providence Railroad Corporation, the Old Colony Railroad Company and the

New England Railroad Company each subscribed to one fifth of the capital stock.) Company organized June 10, 1896.

6/4/1899
Opening of Service NORWICH AND WORCESTER RAILROAD opened, Allyn’s Point to Groton. Built by THE NEW YORK, NEW

HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD.

6/16/1902
Opening of Service New Haven, B&M and Maine Central inaugurate Bar Harbor Express between New York (Grand Central) and Mt. Desert

Ferry via Springfield, Worcester and Portland.

6/9/1903
Milestone The delivery of the parlor trolley car "BERKSHIRE HILLS": Wason Car Co of Springfield, Mass. delivered this magnificent

parlor car to the Berkshire Street Railway of Pittsfield, MA. The car was of wooden construction painted bright yellow. A

unique feature was the location of the doors and steps across part of the front and rear of this double ended car. The car ran for

about ten years and was then stored in the rear of the Housatonic carhouse. The car body was sold as a diner about 1930 in

West Pittsfield. Since 1995 the car has resided at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine.

6/27/1903
Opening of Service OLD COLONY RAILROAD COMPANY opened an extension of its Wrentham Branch, from North Attleboro to Adamsdale,

about 4.66 miles.

6/30/1905
Acquisition BERKSHIRE RAILROAD COMPANY organized by consolidation of BERKSHIRE RAILROAD COMPANY,

STOCKBRIDGE & PITTSFIELD RAILROAD COMPANY and WEST STOCKBRIDGE RAILROAD CORPORATION.

6/11/1911
Abandonment Branch from Bethel, CT to Hawleyville, CT discontinued.

6/1/1934
Abandonment Line from Bellingham Jct. to Woonsocket, RI abandoned.

6/5/1934
Milestone PRR Pres. Atterbury attends a conference with New England governors at their invitation to discuss the unification of New

England railroads, particularly the merger of the New Haven and B&M, and the possibility of placing the PRR's New Haven

stock with trustees to prevent direct control by non-New Englanders.

6/13/1934
Milestone PRR Pres. Atterbury replies to New England governors that PRR will be agreeable to placing New Haven stock with trustees,

but only if a workable plan for a NH-B&M merger is devised and states pass legislation to remove disadvantages that

railroads suffer in competing with other modes in New England; until then, PRR will do with New Haven stock as it sees fit.

6/5/1935
Service Change New Haven places Comet in regular revenue service between Boston and Providence, making five round trips weekdays,

stopping only at Back Bay en route; runs in excursion service on Sundays.

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