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Rolling Stock: 1941

Rolling Stock: 1941

June 1941. "Freight depot in Hartford, Connecticut." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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These are the team tracks.

Zooming out makes the concept a little more understandable to those of us who were barely into our teens when the Interstate system was largely completed, who then visit a factory built in 1974 and are puzzled to see that has its own now-abandoned railroad spur.

New York, New Haven & Hartford Freight Yard

I believe that this freight yard was located north of city center, just above the current I-84 / Route 44 bridge over the Connecticut, at what used to be called the Bulkeley Bridge. The image was probably taken from the bridge approach. The New England Transportation Co. was a trucking concern created by the NY, NH & H in the 1920s to compete with motor carriers.

The track layout and freight handling buildings are visible in 1917 and 1945 and also in this nifty aerial side-by-side, http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/mash_up/1934.html where the track layout is still almost visible today. (Look for the only bridge in town.)

The high ground on the right is the makings of Riverside Park, which still exists.
No idea what the freight yard was called, though.

NEMF

New England Transportation Co, now known as NEMF (New England Motor Freight).

Only image I could find:
https://www.trainz.com/products/usa-trains-17011-g-new-england-transport...

Ice to the rescue

A lot of ice cooled reefers.

The churches in the background.

I can't pinpoint the location that this photo was taken, but in the background you can see the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Faith Congregational Church.

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