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New Haven Railroad freight trains

By | September 16, 2021

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Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with short freight train.
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with short freight train.

Local freight leaving Canton Junction


Elderly Mogul 365 raises a majestic plume of exhaust departing Canton Junction, Mass., a point on the New Haven’s Boston–New York Shore Line, with a local freight for Stoughton in the 1940s.

Kent W. Cochrane
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with short freight train.
Black-and-white photo of people watching electric locomotives on bridge with freight train

Freight train on Hell Gate Bridge


In a scene from June 5, 1948, that would be unthinkable today, railfans from an excursion train that had halted and unloaded on New York’s Hell Gate Bridge watch four New Haven EF-1 box-cab electrics lug a freight over the massive span. The eastbound freight originated at Bay Ridge Yard on Long Island.

Alfred F. Tyrrill
Black-and-white photo of people watching electric locomotives on bridge with freight train
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive crossing river with freight train on deck-truss bridge

Freight train on Poughkeepsie Bridge


What appears to be a New Haven 2-10-2 soars above the Hudson River with a westbound freight train on the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Bridge in the 1940s. The train is bound for Maybrook Yard, from where its cars will be forwarded west on other railroads.

Kent W. Cochrane
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive crossing river with freight train on deck-truss bridge
Black-and-white overhead photo of road-switcher diesel locomotive crossing through-truss bridge with freight train

Local freight to Newport, R.I.


Alco RS3 539 crosses the Sakonnet River on to Aquidneck Island with the New Haven’s local freight to Newport, R.I., on October 26, 1960. The second and third cars are flatcars carrying EMD MP-36 power units for the Newport Electric Co.

Brice R. Meyer
Black-and-white overhead photo of road-switcher diesel locomotive crossing through-truss bridge with freight train
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with long train of tank cars

World War II oil train


A burly 0-8-0 switcher moves through the New Haven’s station at Providence, R.I., with tank cars carrying petroleum products in 1942. Early in World War II, when German submarines menaced coastal shipping, oil and gasoline took to the rails until pipeline capacity had been expanded.

New Haven Railroad
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with long train of tank cars
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with long train of boxcars

Westbound at New Britain


In what appears to be a pre-World War II scene, a New Haven 2-10-2 hammers through New Britain, Conn., with a freight from Hartford to Maybrook, N.Y.

Kent W. Cochrane
Black-and-white photo of steam locomotive with long train of boxcars
Black-and-white photo of two streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train

Dual-service diesels


Many railroads used certain steam locomotives, primarily 4-8-2s and 4-8-4s, in both freight and passenger service, but diesels tended not to cross over until the New Haven began using its 60 Alco DL109 passenger units on freight trains in the 1940s. In this view two of the 2,000 h.p. diesels head Boston-bound freight OB-8 out of Cedar Hill Yard and onto the Shore Line. Acquired during 1942–45, New Haven’s was by far the largest DL109 fleet.

E. R. Meaker
Black-and-white photo of two streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train
Black-and-white photo of two road-switcher electric locomotive with freight train

Second chance for electric freight


New Haven tried de-electrifying its freight operations in the late 1950s, only to reverse course and acquire the 12 ignitron-rectifier electrics GE built for the Virginian in 1955–57. NH painted the motors, idled when Norfolk & Western shut down the ex-Virginian catenary, a striking vermillion with white stripes and classified them EF-4. Here Nos. 300 and 310 head a westbound freight near Greens Farms, Conn., in February 1964.

John P. Ahrens
Black-and-white photo of two road-switcher electric locomotive with freight train
Black-and-white photo of road-switcher diesel locomotives leading freight train from multi-track main line to single-track branch line

Maybrook freight exiting the Shore Line


Alco C425 2555 and two GE U25Bs lead a Maybrook-bound freight off the Shore Line at Devon (Naugatuck Junction), Conn., in August 1966.

Paull B. Morse
Black-and-white photo of road-switcher diesel locomotives leading freight train from multi-track main line to single-track branch line

 

Classic Trains editors are celebrating the history, heritage, and style of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad all through September 2021. Please enjoy this photo gallery selected from the archives of Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.

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3 thoughts on “New Haven Railroad freight trains

  1. The Kent Cochrane photos are fantastic. He is one of those forgotten by the general run of fans photographers who pictured some of the best post war stem photos. Clasic Trains should do a feature on him and his work. (He also has great Hawian RR photos.) By the way– look at the cars the New Britain picture is post war.
    Maynard Stowe

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