New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

5/1/1870
Opening of Service Mansfield, MA to Walpole, MA.

5/20/1870
Opening of Service NEW HAVEN & NORTHAMPTON RAILROAD opened Collinsville to “Pine Tree” (across Farmington River from New

Hartford). About 8 miles.

5/20/1870
Opening of Service Collinsville, CT to New Hartford, CT.

5/17/1871
Merger WINDSOR LOCKS & SUFFIELD RAILROAD COMPANY merged into THE HARTFORD & NEW HAVEN

RAILROAD COMPANY.

5/6/1872
Incorporation UNION FREIGHT RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated. Built a railroad extending through Cove Street at Atlantic Avenue

and Commercial Street, Boston, forming a connection between the Old Colony, Boston & Albany and the New York & New

England Railroads on the south, and the Eastern Fitchburg and Boston & Lowell Railroads on the north of Boston.

(Company organized June 8, 1872.)

5/31/1872
Incorporation WOOD RIVER BRANCH RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated. Built a line from Hope Valley, Rhode Island, to Wood

River junction. (Company organized July 1, 1872.)

5/23/1873
Incorporation SHEPAUG VALLEY RAILROAD COMPANY second mortgage bondholders incorporated as SHEPAUG RAILROAD

COMPANY.

5/29/1873
Incorporation WARWICK RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated in Rhode Island. Constructed a railroad from South Auburn to Oakland

Beach, Rhode Island, 8.5 miles (operated by The New York, Providence & Boston until August, 1876.) Company organized

5/23/1875
Milestone 1st New Haven Union station on Chapel Street, designed by Architect Henry Austin and in service 27 years, closes as the

new Union station located at the foot of Meadow street opens for service.

5/24/1875
Opening of Service 2nd New Haven Union station opens for service at the foot of Meadow Street, replacing the 1st Union Station which becomes

a public market.

5/28/1875
Incorporation PONTIAC BRANCH RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated in Rhode Island, with authority to construct a railroad from a

point on the New York, Providence & Boston in Warwick to Pontiac, and thence to a connection with Hartford, Providence

& Fishkill. (Company organized June 5, 1875.)

5/8/1876
Opening of Service Train ferry Maryland route opens with two round trips between Boston and Philadelphia; one with connections for

Washington; cars are lettered "Boston & Philadelphia Express Line"; daylight Boston-Philadelphia "Centennial Train"

operates for the duration of the fair; night train with Washington cars runs via New Haven and Willimantic and is later named

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