CNE Connecticut Connection – Rural Railroad To Canaan

A once important piece of the CNE went through New York State, connected to the Housatonic at Canaan and went East to Hartford.

All the towns on this line were really small.

I have seen many, many pictures. But one that I really fell in love with is from Lakeville, Connecticut.

It is titled “Lakeville in the 1930’s”. Do not know who took it, but it appeared in the 2004
CNE 2004 tour guide book that Bernie Rudberg published.

Nothing really exciting about it. An old ESSO station, a 1930’s car.Couple watching from the bridge.

This bridge in Lakeville was the reason that heavier “Bull Moose” type locomotives could not use parts of this line.

Check out this WebSite. Maybe you will find a picture (or a story) that you appreciate too.


The Rhinebeck & Connecticut Railroad

Mt. Riga Station on a sunny day in September 1938. Tracks to the right of the station are NYC Harlem line. CNE tracks were on the left side of the building.

Nimke Volume 3 Page 103

Find out more interesting thingq about the Rhinebeck & Conneticut Railroad

Poughkeepsie Bridge After The Fire

Poughkeepsie Bridge after Fire

The “Maybrook Line” was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned. This piece of the railroad carried freight from Maybrook Yard, across the Poughkeepsie Bridge to Hopewell Junction where it joined a line from Beacon. The railroad then went to Brewster, then Danbury, and finally to Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven.

See the effects of this fire on Eastern Railroading.

2009 and the Poughkeepsie Bridge Walkway is Open. The fellow in yellow jacket carrying a banjo is Pete Seeger.

Find out more on the Poughkeepsie Bridge Fire

The Great Bridge At Poughkeepsie

From the collection of the late Austin McEntee

In this view from the Poughkeepsie waterfront, the bridge is nearing completion. The falsework has been removed from the western section and the center has been connected. Only the section over Poughkeepsie is incomplete.

This is only one of many great photographs of the construction of this magnificant bridge. Mr. McEntee was BUSY!

See many ore great photos and lots of great stories about the bridge.

LA Purple Line Construction Gets OK to Proceed

Curbed LA via California Rail News

There was no big showy shovels-in-the-dirt ceremony for it, but the next phase of the Purple Line extension has hit a milestone, says The Source.

Tutor Perini/O & G, the contractors working to build the the second section of the extension, have been given an official “notice to proceed,” allowing them to begin work on Beverly Hills’s Wilshire/Rodeo station and the Century City/Constellation station.

The Source says that major construction will begin next year. (Pre-construction has been underway and will continue through the year.)

The Maybrook Line Crosses Dutchess County

New Haven’s Maybrook Line Crosses Harlem Division of New York Central.
Aerial view of the “crooked bridge”.

Maybrook Line bridge at Towners in 1937. The Maybrook Line crosses over the NYC Harlem line at an angle so the bridge is “crooked”.

Fran Donovan collection.

Postcard view of Towners NY about 1910. Look just to the right of the station. There is a second train coming across the “crooked bridge” over the Harlem line.

See more about the Maybrook Line across Dutchess County