New Haven Railroad Historical Events

Date
Category
Event

10/13/1796
Incorporation THE COMPANY FOR ERECTING AND SUPPORTING A TOLL BRIDGE FROM NEW HAVEN TO EAST HAVEN

incorporated in Connecticut. (Company organized January 12, 1797.) (The bridge was constructed and wharves erected on the

New Haven side of the river, one of which was used by New York steamers as early as 1831.) The Belle Dock wharf was later

used as the southern terminus of the Hartford & New Haven Railroad.

10/8/1801
Charter Grant THE UNION WHARF COMPANY IN NEW HAVEN granted new charter. (The Union Wharf was again in need of repairs.

The new charter Included rights of perpetual succession.)

10/7/1826
NH RR 1st First railroad chartered, built and operated in the US, the Quincy Granite Railway. Taken over by the Old Colony, it became

the New Haven's West Quincy Branch. The former has been reconstructed in part, the latter abandoned but remains still

visible in places.

10/7/1826
Opening of Service GRANITE RAILWAY first operated. This was the first operation of a railway under charter in the United States.

10/6/1841
Incorporation The HARTFORD & SPRINGFIELD RAILROAD CORPORATION is organized.

10/16/1841
Milestone John Manning Hall, who would become the 4th President of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company, was

born in Willimantic, Connecticut.

10/28/1842
Acquisition THE HARTFORD & SPRINGFIELD RAILROAD COMPANY’s provisions of charter extended to THE HARTFORD &

NEW HAVEN RAILROAD COMPANY.

10/1/1847
Opening of Service BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE RAILROAD opened, East Junction to Providence.

10/20/1847
Opening of Service PROVIDENCE & WORCESTER RAILROAD opened, Millville to Worcester.

10/25/1847
Opening of Service Official opening of the PROVIDENCE & WORCESTER RAILROAD, from Providence to Worcester.

10/2/1854
Opening of Service FAIRHAVEN BRANCH RAILROAD opened Fairhaven to Wareham, 15 miles.

10/2/1854
Opening of Service NEW BEDFORD - FAIRHAVEN FERRY opened for service.

10/2/1854
Opening of Service HARTFORD, PROVIDENCE & FISHKILL RAILROAD opened Willimantic - Providence, 58.5 miles.

10/3/1855
Merger CHARLES RIVER RAILROAD COMPANY consolidated with THE NEW YORK & BOSTON RAILROAD COMPANY

by joint stock vote.

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