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The Comet

October 1st, 2001

The New Haven Railroad put a unique three-car articulated high-speed passenger train called the Comet into service between Boston, MA and Providence, RI during 1935. The radically streamlined Comet was designed and built by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company using the latest aerodynamic methods and technologies. Unfortunately, the speedy Comet proved a bit too successful on the Boston - Providence run. When the New Haven's passenger business picked up at the start of the Second World War, the small fixed-consist Comet couldn't handle the crowds of people who wanted to ride it. The Comet was taken off the Boston - Providence run and spent the remainder of its service life on short-haul commuter runs in the Boston area. The Comet was scrapped in 1951. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

The story of the Comet was presented in a 22-page article in Volume 13 Issue 1 1982 of the Shoreliner®.

Comet FolderThe New Haven distributed this multi-panel fold-out brochure shortly after the Comet first arrived on the property in 1935. When unfolded, a great  full-color interior and exterior profile view of the entire train is revealed.

The Comet was originally put on a 44 minute express run between Boston and Providence. This routing was the original main line of the Boston & Providence Railroad, which was one of the earliest railroad companies in the United States. This schedule dates from 1935 and was one of the very first Comet schedules to be published.Early Comet Schedule

PostcardThe New Haven distributed this picture postcard during 1937. The postcard compared one of the earliest passenger cars used by the Boston & Providence Railroad with the New Haven's Comet.

The New Haven Railroad often put the Comet's picture on all kinds of travel advertising material published during the late 1930s. This New Haven passenger travel advertising folder, which has nothing to do with the Comet and plugged the railroad's Boston - New York passenger service, was distributed during 1936.Advertising Folder

Comet ScheduleThis attractive Comet schedule was distributed during the fall of 1941. It was one of the last Comet-specific schedules published, since the train was taken off its regular Boston - Providence routing and put on various secondary runs in the Boston area around the time World War Two began.

Although it features the Comet inside and out, this rare item isn't really a New Haven Railroad advertising piece at all! This Comet folder was published during the late 1930s by the Timken Company to promote the use of roller bearings.Outsider Folder


September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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