New Haven Region
(If you need a map of the region, click here.)
Maybrook Line - Poughkeepsie Bridge, NY
PC FL9 5040 leads a fan trip across the former New Haven Poughkeepsie Bridge over the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York. This bridge was part of the the New Haven's line between Danbury, CT, and Maybrook, NY. At Maybrook, the NH interchanged with the Erie, Lehigh Valley, Lehigh & New England, Lehigh & Hudson River, and the New York Ontario & Western. The bridge opened in 1889 and the line to Maybroook was the major western traffic outlet for the New Haven up until the Penn Central merger. The bridge burned in 1974, suffering considerable damage. While the bridge still stands today, it has not seen a train over it since. Photo by Joseph Testagrose. (95 K)
Shore Line - New York City to Boston
The Shore Line from New Haven west to New York City can be found in the Metropolitan Region's New Haven Line page.
Cedar Hill, CT
Cedar Hill yard was located north of New Haven, CT. The yard was one of the largest on the New Haven, if not the largest.
New London, CT
A westbound train pulls into the station at New London, Connecticut. The station is located on a sharp curve. New London is on the west bank of the Thames River. Across the river from New London is Groton, where the former New Haven Norwich Branch to Worcester joined the Shore Line. Photo by Bob Redden. (84 K)
PC SW1 8525 works along industrial riverfront street trackage on Allens Avenue on the south side of Providence in December 1973. Today the street trackage is gone. Photo by John Swift, Jr. (102 K, 1/26/02)
Two former New Haven units, RS3 5564 and RS1 9945, looking worse for the wear, idle away until their next assignment at the Providence engine facility in December 1970. Photo by John Swift, Jr. (88 K, 1/26/02)
Readville is located 10 miles south of Boston on the former New Haven Shore Line.
Back Bay Station, Boston, MA
South Boston Freight Terminal
South Boston was the primary New Haven freight terminal. It was accessed via a short branch off of the ex-NH Dorchester Branch. The Dorchester Branch ran between Boston South Station and Readville on the Shore Line and functioned as a back way into South Station. At South Bay on the Dorchester Branch, the 0.6-mile Boston Freight Terminal Branch diverged and ended at the freight terminal.
In April 1972, PC SW1 8472 is looking lonely at the South Boston Freight Terminal. After the merger, PC routed much of its Boston traffic to the ex-NYC Beacon Park Yard, resulting in scenes like this one. Photo by J. Thompson, from the Stephen Foster collection. (36 K)
PC U25Bs 2679 and 2665 await their next assignment at South Boston on April 1, 1972. Both of these locomotives have seen this yard many times before, as they are both ex-New Haven units. Photo by Ralph Phillips, from the Stephen Foster collection. (80 K)
Boston & Albany main line
The 1:00 PM passenger train pulls out Springfield station, bound for New York City, on September 5, 1972. The train will take a right turn before crossing the Connecticut River and follow the ex-NH Springfield Main south to New Haven and then west on the Shore Line to reach New York. PC GP9 7535 (a former New Haven unit) provides the power at the head end of the train. Photo by Clayton Sherry, from the Stephen Foster collection. (106 K)
Palmer is where the B&A main crossed the Central Vermont. There is a station (no longer used today) at the diamond which once served both lines. Here, PC GP9 7542 and an E unit hustle a westbound passenger train through Palmer and across the CV diamond in August 1972. Photo by Clayton Sherry, from the Stephen Foster collection. (61 K)
Beacon Park, Boston, MA
Beacon Park Yard is on the former Boston & Albany (NYC) main line, west of downtown Boston.
South Station, Boston, MA
PC GP9 7542 and a B-unit await to depart South Station, which an RDC idles away on an adjacent track in October 9173. You think the EPA would consider those oily, greasy tracks a violation today? At least the oil and grease kept the weeds down... Photo by Bengt Muten. (301 K)