hrsn wrote: ↑Wed Dec 08, 2021 4:20 pm
The rationale for the 1923 electrification is interesting, and new to me. Why eliminate the Stamford terminal in favor of Danbury and not, say New Haven (Cedar Hill, even)?
Danbury was a major engine terminal in steam days. Power working the Maybrook line west over the summit of the Highlands at Poughquag was based there, as were the engines working the Berkshire Division (now the Housatonic) and the Litchfield Branch. In those days the branch from Danbury to Norwalk was not the main show in town. The double-track freight main was.
Once the main line electrification was extended from Stamford to New Haven in 1914 the through passenger trains to Danbury became the only trains changing power from electric to steam at Stamford-- the New Canaan branch had been electrified way back in the 1890's. Wiring the Danbury to consolidate steam services was something of a no-brainer for the NYNH&H.
Unlike on the main line, none of the sidings or small yards on the Danbury were electrified; nor was the little 3.5mi branch up the hill to Ridgefield Center. Freight continued to be worked by steam, which made sense as the locals servicing the line were based out of Danbury.