1929: Autos Are Death to New England Railroad

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 15.–(INS)–The “Valley road,” a subsidiary of the New Haven Railroad that dates from 1871, is passing. Once the railroad ran from Hartford down the Connecticut river valley to Saybrook Point, on Long Island Sound, and did a thriving business. Now it has been reduced to a line from Hartford to Middletown, and this month the single passenger train each day in each direction is supplanted by a jogging freight train with a passenger car attached. Before long, it is expected even that will go, though the New Haven may hold its franchise by an occasional train. Broad highways along the river made the train trip less desirable than an auto trip and railroad lost its paying passengers.

From The Daily Notes (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania), Tuesday, October 15, 1929.


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