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Southern Connecticut Interurbans

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New England

Trolley - Stamford, CTConnecticut had a rich heritage of trolleys. The greatest extent of trackage was in 1913 when 1,118 miles of track carried 2,436 trolley cars. Although the popularity of the automobile and buses eventually wiped out this mode of transportation, Hartford's last trolley service ceased in 1941 and New Haven streetcar service lasted until 1948.

The Connecticut Company was the primary electric street railway company in the state and is best known for acquiring control and consolidating the majority of electric railways throughout the state. It was instrumental in completing the trolley link between New Haven and the New York state line where connection with the New York and Stamford Railway allowed interurban travel on to New York City.

The Danbury and Bethel Street Railway stayed isolated and independent of the Connecticut Company but by the end of 1926 ,all streetcar operation had been abandoned in the area.

Southern Connecticut Area Map

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

A very informative site - chicagorailfan.com
Transit Systems in Connecticut

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)

Danbury and Bethel Street Railway

  • Electric trolley service between Danbury and Bethel began in 1887 and lasted until 1926.

Further Details

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Source/Credits

Woodman

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

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 1924 Connecticut

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