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Central and Northwestern Connecticut Interurbans
Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New England
As the map below indicates, the Connecticut Company was the primary electric street railway company in Connecticut, operating both city and rural trolleys and freight service. It was controlled by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. It had a long and colorful history of expansion, acquiring control of many electric railways throughout the state.
Despite having a connected network between cities, the Connecticut Company was not an interurban, and many intercity trips required changes of cars along the way. Most trackage was in or alongside public roads. By 1920, the system comprised 601 miles of track in numerous divisions. abandonments progressed steadily through the 1920s and 1930s, with only city and suburban lines remaining after 1937.
The Hartford & Springfield Railway, in its heyday, consisted of forty miles of track, connecting the local street railway systems of Hartford and Springfield with branches extending from Thompsonville to Somers and Warehouse Point to Rockville. Much of the southern sections of the system were acquired by the Connecticut Company.
Central and Northwestern Connecticut Area Map
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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life
A very informative site - chicagorailfan.com
Transit Systems in Connecticut
Various segments (year of acquisition and abandonment)
- Stafford Springs-Hartford (1894-1928)
Newington-New Britain [CR&L] (1890's-1937)
New Britain-Plainville [CR&L] (until 1936)
Hartford-Middletown (until 1930)
Middletown-Meriden (until 1927)
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)
Connecticut Company (Isolated LInes)
- Torrington-Winsted (1897-1928)
Hartford & Springfield Street Railway
- Hartford-Springfield MA (1896-1926)
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- Connecticut Company
- Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company
- Amazing 1911 Connecticut Railroad and Trolley Map
- Connecticut Interurban Photos
- The Shore Line Trolley Museum -
operated by the Branford Electric Railway Association
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- Waterbury Traction Company
- Hartford & Springfield Street Railway
- Manchester Trolley History
- The Demise of Hartford’s Trolley System?
- Southington Trolley History
- Meriden Trolley History
- Following the Trolley Tracks (Cheshire)
- The Demise of the Streetcar in New Haven (PDF)
By Jacob L. Wasserman (This is a good article)
The Electric Interurban Railways in America
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 1924 Connecticut