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New Haven RR’s Grand Central Operations

Through the latter 1950s – maybe early 1960s the New Haven serviced some trains at Mott Haven. Specifically Merchants, State of Maine, Owl would be brought by New York Central switcher for servicing/storage at Mott Haven.

Other trains turned at Grand Central Terminal. Some via look track others had the seats flipped. The motor usually would sit at the bumper until another motor took the train east – then the motor at the bumper would go to 49th St. or onto another east bound.

Cars could be watered and the batteries could be put on charge if necessary but not much else was done in New York. They would be swept out and occasionally washed by a mechanical washer on one side.

Engines at 49th Street would be watered, steam generators would be prepared and filled with water for the outbound trip and the brakes would be tested. There was no facilities for fuel for either the FL-9’s or the electric motors and no sand available either.

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My Favorite Photo

We are in the process of updating our railroad WebSite

Part of this includes the Central New England Railway. We did not invent this: it all came to us from Bernie Rudberg. Bernie was the ultimate railfan…….about the Central New England Railway. He started the revival of the Hopewell Junction Railroad Station and promoted the  Walkway Over the Poughkeepsie Bridge. He ran annual tours over the Central New England Railway.

But Google/Alphabet decided to squash Bernie because his WebPages were not “friendly” to  IPHONES and other “portable” users.

Well, here we are.

Some fantastic photos from Bernie. Photo credits from famous railroad photographers

J. W. Swanberg

Lee Beaujon

Roger Liller

Fran Donovan

Bob Lord

Others come from the “Tour Guides” he published.

Still others are NIMKE

R.W. Nimke published books a long time ago. His series on the Central New England Railway goes for over $600 on ebay.

Well the picture I liked best is wierd.

No credit but  railroad related (railroad bridge in center).

The ESSO station, the old man dressed like my great-grandfather, the couple on bridge not worrying about a train coming.

Each to his own

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Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

A U.S. agency on Friday endorsed an expensive plan to expand and repair the busy U.S. Northeast Corridor rail lines over the next three decades, adding new tracks in most locations and cutting the time to travel from Washington to New York by 35 minutes.

But it will be up to the incoming Donald Trump administration and Congress, states, cities, and railroads to decide whether to move forward with expensive improvements. New projects and tracks will require more review and more environmental studies, as well as significant funding.

Trump has promised to spend billions of dollars on improvements in U.S. infrastructure such as highways, bridges, and mass transit.

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Friday recommended adding new tracks to increase the Northeast Corridor to four tracks in most locations — an expansion it says it would result in four billion fewer miles a year traveled on U.S. roads.

The FRA also proposes adding many regional trains and providing up to five times more intercity trains.

It estimates the plan’s total cost at $123 billion to $128 billion.

In 2012, at the urging of Congress, Northeastern states and the federal agency began working together to develop a plan for the corridor.

Under the proposal, the agency said, travel time from Boston to New York would be 45 minutes faster for a total time of two hours and 45 minutes, while travel from New York to Washington would be 35 minutes faster for a total time of two hours and 10 minutes.

About 750,000 people a day ride along some section of the 457-mile (735-km) corridor, making them the busiest rail lines in the United States, while 70 freight trains use the corridor daily, moving over 350,000 carloads of freight annually.

Amtrak’s high-speed Acela passenger train plies the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, but currently cannot hit top speeds on many sections of the railroad because of the condition of the tracks.

The FRA also proposes adding intercity access to Philadelphia Airport so that passengers do not have to change trains at 30th Street Station and adding direct service to Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts.

The agency also proposes bringing the current corridor back to good condition before expanding it. The FRA estimates the project would create 47,000 jobs a year for 30 years.

All the Little Railroads Around Bridgeport Connecticut

1. the old HRR main line that followed Housatonic Ave. (natch!) and descended to ground level at Grand St.; served Bpt Brass and other customers, small yard;

2. Seaview Ave Industrial RR (SAIRR): electric service to many customers down to Carpenter Steel (originally American Tube & Stamping, later Stanley Works, etc);

3. Union Metallic Cartridge RR (Remington Arms) that served Singer (sewing machines) and was extended to General Electric on Boston Ave, Remington Woods powder farm, etc.;

4. Railroad Ave. from the West End yard (Bresky’s/Burr Rd. tower) to Casco, Dictaphone, circus winter-quarters trackage, Wordin Ave reverse curve to rendering plant, etc.;

5. Crane Valve RR, independent company that went from West End Lumber down to Sikorsky; when Alcoa took it over in the 1940s, it became the Cedar Creek RR.


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Newington Junction Station in 1930’s

Newington Junction is a section of the town of Newington, Connecticut. It is centered at the intersection of Willard Avenue (Route 173) and West Hill Road in the northwestern part of the town, in the area generally just south of the Hartford city line. The name of the area refers to the railroad junction where the railroad line from New Haven meets with the railroad line from Bristol and Waterbury. The depot on the left was built in 1891 by the New York & New England RR. The passenger station on the right and the freight depot behind it were constructed by the NYNH&H in 1890.

Thanks to Tyler City Station, The most authoritative source for information on Connecticut railroad stations

The Hartford and New Haven Railroad of Connecticut was chartered in 1833 to build a railroad between Hartford and New Haven. The…

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Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal Introduce Rail-crossing Improvement Act


U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) earlier this week introduced a bill aimed at improving safety at grade crossings.

Chuck Shumer, NY Senator Chuck Shumer, NY Senator

The Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015 was introduced in reaction to the recent MTA Metro-North Railroad accident in which a train collided with a sport utility vehicle that stopped on a crossing in Valhalla, N.Y. The incident resulted in six fatalities. In 2013, 2,096 accidents occurred at crossings that killed more than 200 people nationwide, the senators said in a joint press release.

The bill would boost the amount of federal grants for safety upgrades at crossings, and more education and safety awareness campaigns. The legislation would focus on what the senators said experts have identified as the “three Es” of the most effective means of reducing crossing collisions: engineering, education and enforcement.

“While the precise cause of the Metro-North crash in…

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