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Eastern Connecticut Interurbans

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New England

Trolley - WesterlyThe trolley system in eastern Connecticut was predominately owned and operated by the Shore Line Electric. Unlike most trolley lines in New England, the Shore Line Electric was a true interurban, running large railway-style cars largely on a private right-of-way rather than on public streets.

The Shore Line Electric first leased and finally acquired the Connecticut Company's New London division, which was disconnected from the other Connecticut Company lines. This gave the Shore Line control over a network of almost 300 miles of lines, representing a monopoly on trolley service in the eastern part of the state. Most of the entire line was abandoned by 1929.

Eastern Connecticut Area Map

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

A very informative site -
Transit Systems in Connecticut

Shore Line Electric Railway
Various segments (year of acquisition and abandonment)

  • New London-New Haven (1910-1929)
    Norwich-Westerly (1906-1922)
    New London-Norwich (1892-1934)
    Norwich-Willimantic (1903-1936)
  • New London-Norwich-Willimantic route leased from Connecticut Co. from 1913 to 1920.
    (In 1923, New Haven & Shore Line Railway Co. became operator of New London-New Haven line.)
  • Isolated Lines run in conjunctin with the Connecticut Company:
    - Norwich-Putnam-North Grosvernordale (until 1925)
    - Willimantic-South Coventry (1909-1926)

Connecticut Company
Various segments (year of acquisition and abandonment)

  • Stafford Springs-Hartford (1894-1928)
    Hartford-Newington (1890's-1937)
    Newington-New Britain [CR&L] (1890's-1937)
    New Britain-Plainville [CR&L] (until 1936)
    Plainville-Meriden (1898-1931)
    Hartford-Middletown (until 1930)
    Middletown-Meriden (until 1927)
    Meriden-Wallingford (1900-1929)
    Wallingford-New Haven (until 1937)
    Waterbury-Cheshire [CR&L] (1907-1934)
    Cheshire-New Haven (1907-1936)
    Waterbury-Naugatuck [CR&L] (until 1935)
    Naugatuck-Derby [CR&L] (until 1937)
    Derby-Yale Bowl [CR&L] (until 1937)
    Yale Bowl-New Haven (until 1937)
    New Haven-Milford (1898-1937)
    Milford-Bridgeport [CR&L] (until 1934)
    Derby-Bridgeport [CR&L] (1899-1927)
    Bridgeport-Norwalk [CR&L] (until 1935)
    Norwalk-Darien [CR&L] (until 1933)
    Darien-Stamford (until 1933)

Hartford & Springfield Street Railway

  • Hartford-Springfield MA (1896-1926)

Further Details

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The Electric Interurban Railways in America
by George Woodman Hilton, ‎John Fitzgerald

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 1924 Connecticut

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