New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

5/24/1888
Merger THE MERIDEN WATERBURY & CONNECTICUT RIVER RAILROAD COMPANY formed by consolidation of THE

MERIDEN & CROMWELL and THE MERIDEN & WATERBURY RAILROADS. (Company organized June 19, 1888.)

5/21/1889
Opening of Service HUDSON CONNECTING RAILROAD opened, from the Poughkeepsie bridge on the westerly side of the Hudson River to

Campbell Hall, New York, about 26 miles.

5/28/1891
Incorporation NEW YORK, PROVIDENCE & BOSTON AND OLD COLONY RAILROAD TERMINAL COMPANY incorporated in

Rhode Island for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and maintaining railroad stations and terminals in Providence, Rhode

Island. (Company organized July 10, 1891.) Capital stock owned equally by New York, Providence & Boston and Old

5/17/1893
Incorporation THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN AND HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY incorporated in Rhode Island.

5/12/1897
Acquisition THE MANUFACTURERS STREET RAILWAY COMPANY name changed to THE MANUFACTURERS RAILROAD

COMPANY.

5/10/1898
Lease THE NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD COMPANY leased to THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD

RAILROAD COMPANY for 99 years.

5/30/1900
Milestone Charles S. Mellen had urged the New Haven to purchase the CNE when he was second vice-president, and as president of the

Northern Pacific he renewed his urgings. He wrote to Judge Hall, then President of the New Haven on May 30th 1900, "Is it

wise, when you know so much depends upon the maintenance of your monopoly, not to take in, what you know you must

eventually have, when the opportunity offers, even at a moderate advance over and above what you estimate the value of such

an acquisition to be at the time?" Hall did not take his advice, so when Mellen returned to the New Haven in 1903, he

quickly moved to correct what he felt was a long-standing error, and closed the deal for the Central New England almost

immediately upon assuming the presidency of the New Haven.

5/18/1902
Opening of Service New Haven inaugurates Knickerbocker Limited as all-parlor car between New York and Boston, leaving each city at 1:00 PM.

5/1/1904
Milestone Excavations begun for Penn Station.

5/23/1904
Milestone Patrick Benedict McGinnis, who would become President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, was

born in Palmyra, New York.

5/31/1907
Merger THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN & HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY merged into and with THE

CONSOLIDATED RAILWAY COMPANY (owning and operating street railways operating principally in Connecticut; also

owning immediately preceding the merger certain steamship lines) under name of THE NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN &

HARTFORD RAILROAD COMPANY.

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