My uncle was an engineer for New Haven.  One visit he took me to work and let me go in the cab of an NH EP-5.   I was about 10.  Almost peed my pants.   Will never forget that day.  Of course my layout has NH engines on it.   Lionel 209 and 2350's

Tom McGriel posted:

No railroad in America had the mystique or romance of the Shore Line in its heyday. 

Tom,

I couldn't agree more.

The New Haven served New York, the nation's biggest city and business capital - and Boston, one of the country's oldest cities. Passenger service on the shore line was unmatched and frequent, even compared to New York to Washington, DC. There were many famous named trains: The Merchants Limited; The Yankee Clipper; The Federal; The Gilt Edge; The Knickerbocker; The Owl; The Bay State; The Bostonian; The Forty-Second Street; The Hell Gate Express; The Murray Hill; The New Yorker; The Shoreliner; and many others. The New Haven pioneered long distance electrified operation between New York City and Stamford in 1907 and extended it to New Haven in 1914. And, there were extensive commuter operations in the New York City and Boston areas. It was a small railroad but an important one. Riding Metro-North today, one still sees much that was built by the New Haven

MELGAR

MELGAR posted:
Tom McGriel posted:

No railroad in America had the mystique or romance of the Shore Line in its heyday. 

Riding Metro-North today, one still sees much that was built by the New Haven

MELGAR

The last 7 years I was working, I regularly took the Metro-North Harlem line from Goldens Bridge into Manhattan and loved it when I saw or rode behind one of these. Interestingly enough, the one Metro-North line this engine didn't run on was the New Haven line since that needed pantograph power. MNR also did up a few older diesels in the McGinnis livery.

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Paul

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MELGAR posted:

The New Haven pioneered long distance electrified operation between New York City and Stamford in 1907 and extended it to New Haven in 1914. And, there were extensive commuter operations in the New York City and Boston areas. It was a small railroad but an important one. Riding Metro-North today, one still sees much that was built by the New Haven

MELGAR

MELGAR:

Not to put too fine a point on this, but not only can you still see much that was built by the New Haven, you can still see what was actually built by the New Haven.

My lady friend who is very good about indulging my foaming-at-the-mouth-bordering-on-Aspbergers fanaticism for trains, was interested to join my pastime of identifying the original 1907 stanchions that support the catenary between Stamford and NYC and contrasting them to those that have been replaced.  I'd say anecdotally that 33% of the originals remain ... 110 years later.  We do this every time we take the train down to NYC for business or pleasure.

One of life's simple pleasures to sit on the water side of the first NYC-bound train of the morning train and watch the sun rise up over the water between Westerly, Rhode Island and Stonington, Mystic, and Niantic Connecticut.

Steven J. Serenska

Serenska posted:
MELGAR posted:

The New Haven pioneered long distance electrified operation between New York City and Stamford in 1907 and extended it to New Haven in 1914. And, there were extensive commuter operations in the New York City and Boston areas. It was a small railroad but an important one. Riding Metro-North today, one still sees much that was built by the New Haven

MELGAR

MELGAR:

Not to put too fine a point on this, but not only can you still see much that was built by the New Haven, you can still see what was actually built by the New Haven.

My lady friend who is very good about indulging my foaming-at-the-mouth-bordering-on-Aspbergers fanaticism for trains, was interested to join my pastime of identifying the original 1907 stanchions that support the catenary between Stamford and NYC and contrasting them to those that have been replaced.  I'd say anecdotally that 33% of the originals remain ... 110 years later.  We do this every time we take the train down to NYC for business or pleasure.

One of life's simple pleasures to sit on the water side of the first NYC-bound train of the morning train and watch the sun rise up over the water between Westerly, Rhode Island and Stonington, Mystic, and Niantic Connecticut.

Steven J. Serenska

Steven,

On the Metro-North New Haven Division, one can still see original New Haven "signal stations" (control towers), station buildings, catenary towers. stone abutments and railroad bridges. Large movable bridges cross the Connecticut River (at Old Saybrook, built 1907), the Housatonic River (at Stratford), the Pequonnock River (at Bridgeport), the Saugatuck River (at Westport), the Norwalk River (at Norwalk), and the Mianus River (at Cos Cob), to name just a few of the larger ones - and there are many smaller ones.

And, the shoreline route through the entire state of Connecticut (from Stonington to Greenwich) is very scenic.

MELGAR

New Haven SS71 - Devon Junction.

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Waterbury, CT Station.

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Here are some more photos taken at the 2009 NMRA convention in Hartford, CT during layout tours.

One fellow had what amounted to a NH museum in his basement.  I believe that he worked for the NH and rescued much of his collection from the trash.

This is NH dinning car china and silverware.  I believe that the table and seat are also from the NH.

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The 379 front and headlight are from an EP-5.  The Merchants Limited sign is the actual sign used on the train.

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The is the actual Westport interlocking.

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I also visited the Stamford Model Railroad Club.  This is one of the oldest O gauge 2-rail club's in the country.  It is located in the basement of a church in downtown Stamford.  (I have forgotten the church's name.)  I highly recommend that all NH fans visit this club if possible.

Here is a freight passing through Stamford.

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The layout was controlled from a central panel in 2009.  It was built long before DCC.  It is probably still straight DC with block control.

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This is the main town.  I believe it was called Van Ness.

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A GG-1 powered train arrives at Stamford.

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Although I am more of a Pennsylvania and NYC fan, I do like some of the colorful McGinnis scheme.

From the PW era...

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The 2350 and 6464-425 I inherited from my Aunt (they allegedly belonged to my cousin!!!). The 6468-25 was my brother's - he is the Gomez Addams of the family, so I took it for safekeeping.

From the modern era...

a Lionel C-420 (6-28507):

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a Lionel Alco PA A-A Set (6-14596):

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and finally, one of my few MTH pieces, a Metro North Genesis:

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While I was going through my Aunt's trains, most still in their boxes from the 50's, I saw this on a few of the boxes... didn't have to worry about shipping schedules in those days   

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Paul

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Great pictures..

Its about all I collect now.. not as much high end as the pictures and most of its in boxes now. But the BPT stands for Bridgeport. When I was a kid my dad would bring me to softball games at "Went" field, four or five nights a week, next to  elevated wall   when they ran a lot of freight through the area.I would count cars...

I wish I could find a good digital picture of the Old BPT station.

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Apples55 posted:

Although I am more of a Pennsylvania and NYC fan, I do like some of the colorful McGinnis scheme.

From the PW era...

IMG_0766

IMG_0767

IMG_0768

The 2350 and 6464-425 I inherited from my Aunt (they allegedly belonged to my cousin!!!). The 6468-25 was my brother's - he is the Gomez Addams of the family, so I took it for safekeeping.

From the modern era...

a Lionel C-420 (6-28507):

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a Lionel Alco PA A-A Set (6-14596):

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and finally, one of my few MTH pieces, a Metro North Genesis:

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While I was going through my Aunt's trains, most still in their boxes from the 50's, I saw this on a few of the boxes... didn't have to worry about shipping schedules in those days   

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Great collection of New Haven equipment!

owner, operator of The Cuyahoga Valley Short Line Railroad,

TTOS#8836

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