Stamford Advocate Article-100 Years of Electrification

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Stamford Advocate Article-100 Years of Electrification

Post by NJD8598 » Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:19 pm

Wire to wire: Train line to Stamford was transformed from steam to electricity a century ago

By Mark Ginocchio
Staff Writer

Published September 2 2007

Editor's note: This is the first of two parts

A new kind of train arrived in Stamford on Dec. 5, 1907. The slower, less reliable steam-powered train sets had been replaced with groundbreaking electric trains, capable of getting commuters and travelers on the New York, New Haven and Hartford rail line between New York City and Stamford in 50 minutes.

The train left Grand Central Terminal at 9:09 a.m. and arrived at Stamford at 10:29 a.m. That it arrived one minute late appeared to be the only reported problem.

"Everything worked lovely," Hoge Gilliam, a railroad superintendent, told The Advocate at the time........... the rest online here: ... -headlines

A nice article to read, though I am no expert on this stuff so I can't really say how true everything is, I'm sure others will have comments. Just thought it would be of interest here, don't know when Part 2 will be published.

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Post by nh chris » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:58 am

I thought the article was a pretty good piece, and it is nice to see local newspapers giving some attention to an historic anniversary. The second part of the article is here: ... 4288.story

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Post by kitn1mcc » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:26 pm

great article nice that they talked to trainmaster swanberg

wish they mentioned about the ct 3 rail regs
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Post by BobLI » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:09 am

What are the Ct 3rd rail regs?

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Post by MNRR_RTC » Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:03 pm

BobLI wrote:What are the Ct 3rd rail regs?
The State of Connecticut requires electrically powered trains to use catenary. Third rail is banned in the state.
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Post by kitn1mcc » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:33 pm

the reason is that when new haven was testing they tired a Center 3rd rail and too many horses/cows got killed
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