New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

3/30/1953
Abandonment Fairhaven branch, Fairhaven, MA, to Marion Pit in Wareham.

3/30/1953
Milestone Edward Grant Buckland, who served twice as President and Chairman of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad

Company and was the son-in-law of Charles P. Clark, died at his home in New Haven, CT after a long illness at age 86.

3/25/1954
Incorporation OLD COLONY & FALL RIVER RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated in Massachusetts, to effect a consolidation of the

OLD COLONY RAILROAD CORPORATION and the FALL RIVER RAILROAD COMPANY.

3/24/1955
Milestone First EP-5 electric enters full regular service.

3/1/1960
Wreck Tragic crossing accident in Berlin, CT between Train #69 and a station wagon in which eight persons were killed.

3/14/1960
Service Change RDC connections at Danbury replace through passenger trains on Berkshire for all except two weekend round trips (Actually

there had been some use of the Budd cars for several weeks prior to this official changover)

3/10/1961
Milestone CTC operation begins on Maybrook Line, Derby Jct., CT - Berkshire Jct., CT

3/25/1961
Milestone First FL9-powered passenger special operates on Maybrook Line. This was not a fantrip per se, it was a special operated for

Cub Scout troops from the Danbury area to visit a railroad-sponsored equipment exhibit in New Haven. However, the special

was open to anyone and there were many fans aboard (including me). For all of us it was our first chance to experience the

brand new CTC on the Maybrook Line. Tom Curtin

3/1/1963
Milestone GE model U-25B demonstrators showed up on New Haven property for some test runs.

3/28/1963
Abandonment Line from Hampton to North Windham abandoned.

3/28/1963
Abandonment Line from Pomfret to Hampton abandoned.

3/9/1964
Milestone Last run on State Line Branch, NX-12 Rising, MA to West Stockbridge, MA and return.

3/22/1967
Wreck NHRR seven car commuter train derails at West Redding, CT.

3/28/1967
Wreck New Haven motor EP-5 #370 destroyed in fire on Track 27 Grand Central Terminal and station evacuated.

3/8/1968
Abandonment Line from Cobalt to Portland abandoned.

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