Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)

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Re: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfi

Postby Backshophoss » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:56 pm

Mr Lang, Unless Ma makes that "material" legal for recreational use, it can not cross the state line.
Same problem exists in Co, cross the state line, that material becomes illegal.
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Re: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfi

Postby NHV 669 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:12 am

It is legal in MA, and every other state in northern New England with the exception of NH. An arbitrary line on the ground isn't much of a deterrent for most of these travelers.
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Re: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfi

Postby Jeff Smith » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:54 am

Interesting development in Hawleyville: https://www.newtownbee.com/echoing-past ... g/01112019

...The project takes its name from the former railroad station that once stood in that area near the Housatonic Railroad’s grade crossing at Hawleyville Road. The building that would house the proposed gas station, convenience store, and cafe would be built in the architectural style of an old train station. Seventy2 Architects of Danbury is the designer.
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Re: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfi

Postby Ridgefielder » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:30 pm

Very interesting! When was the original Hawleyville station closed? When the Litchfield Branch was abandoned in 1948?
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Re: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfi

Postby Jeff Smith » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:40 am

Was it on that branch? Did find some interesting stuff:

http://www.vizettes.com/kt/dn-rr-history/shepaug2.htm

And an old forum topic: http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=64613

Apparently there were as many as five stations.
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Re: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfi

Postby Ridgefielder » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:07 pm

Hawleyville was the junction between the Litchfield Branch and the Maybrook Line. The spur into Shepaug Transload is actually the last remnant of the branch itself.

The Hawleyville area has a lot of railroad history. The original Housy was first, in 1839, coming up from Bridgeport by way of Stepney. Three more lines came in quick succession between 1870 and 1872. First, the Boston, Hartford & Erie built west from Waterbury through Southbury and Danbury to New York State and the Hudson. Then the Shepaug Valley Railroad built from the junction of the HRR and BH&E up the valley of the Shepaug to Litchfield. Then finally the Danbury & Norwalk reached up from Bethel to touch all three lines.

The BH&E became the New York & New England. The Shepaug Valley fell into bankruptcy and was reorganized as the Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern; SL&N trains actually operated through Hawleyville to the connection with the D&N at Bethel. Then the original Housatonic bought the D&N. By the early 1890's it was a fairly important junction. The NY&NE and HRR interchanged a decent amount of traffic there; freight and (somewhat unbelievably) passenger trains ran through from Boston to New York via a carfloat operation at Wilson's Point in South Norwalk and the LIRR's Oyster Bay branch.

There's pretty much nothing left of any of this. The NH bought the HRR in 1892 and the NY&NE in 1898. The NY&NE main from Danbury to Hawleyville, the HRR main between Hawleyville and Botsford and a branch from Botsford to Derby were combined to form the Maybrook Line freight route. The original NY&NE main over Towantic was downgraded and abandoned in stages starting in 1938. The D&N branch from Bethel was abandoned in 1911. And the original HRR main between Hawleyville and Brookfield bit the dust at some time in the late '20s or early '30s, not sure when.
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