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Movie About Justice Thurgood Marshall (in Brideport, Connecticut)

For a movie to be made about Justice Thurgood Marshall, We are researching some small visual details about train service New York to Bridgeport.

Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s 96th justice and its first African-American justice.


Marshall used the train to commute to try a famous case in Fairfield County Court so there will be a few scenes of him arriving and leaving from Bridgeport.

Featured above is Bridgeport Station in 1940. The current station in Bridgeport was fully completed under ConnDOT and Penn Central in 1975. It replaced a large, ornate structure built in 1905, located to the north of the current station. (postcard from Ken Kinlock collection)

Train service between Bridgeport and New York City circa 1940 was provided by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (commonly referred to as the New Haven).


NYCityToBridgeportMap of NY City to Bridgeport


Grand Central ticket booth. Note: NO SIGN in 1940 (credit: Getty Images)

NewHavenlocomotivetrainElectric locomotive hauling train. Note the 4 track main line. New Haven train leaving Greenwich, CT bound for New Haven. (credit: nycsubway.org)


NewHavenMUcarsElectric multiple-unit cars crossing bridge at Cos Cob (credit: nycsubway.org)

SEE A PDF Timetable!

Timetables are essentially the same now as in 1940. Weekday schedules are heavier in the morning on New Haven to New York. Afternoon/evening is heavier on New York to New Haven. So Justice Marshall was a “reverse commuter”!

We need your help! We need a PAPER timetable from 1940’s era AND we need more pictures of the Bridgeport, Connecticut train station. If you can add them into the

Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development.

The Connecticut State Bond Commission is scheduled to approve $2.75 million for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) to hire a consultant to complete engineering, design and environmental permitting for the new Barnum Train Station in Bridgeport, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced late last week.The funds will enable the consultant to develop the station site on the city’s east side. The project will encourage transit-oriented and economic development in the city, Malloy said in a press release. Note the need for revitalization of the territory in the picture above.

“Moving this project forward demonstrates our commitment to helping municipal partners and stakeholders make their communities more accessible, more walkable centers of cultural and economic activity.” he said. “In the process, we are also building a foundation to make Connecticut a stronger and more regionally competitive state by growing jobs for residents and providing more flexible, convenient transportation options for employers and employees alike.”

The new Barnum Station project has been deemed feasible by a recent study completed with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities, ConnDOT officials said.

The design phase is expected to take 18 months to complete. Soil remediation would begin in spring 2016, construction on the station could occur in 2017 and service might start in fall 2018, ConnDOT officials said.

Metro North Railroad New Haven Line Crash Disrupts Busy Rail Line


Officials toured the scene of a two-train collision in Connecticut that injured dozens of people and halted rail traffic from New York to Boston on Friday.

Area hospitals reported seeing 70 people after the rush-hour collision. Two remained in critical condition on Saturday.

“The damage is absolutely staggering,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters on Saturday after a tour of the scene. “Ribbons on the sides of cars are torn away like ribbons of clothes. Tons of metal tossed around like toy things. The insides of cars are shattered.”

An eastbound Metro-North train derailed at 6:10 p.m. on Friday and was struck by a westbound train between the Bridgeport and Fairfield stations, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener told reporters on Saturday.

Investigators from the NTSB arrived in Connecticut at about 9 a.m. on Saturday morning and planned to begin documenting the scene of the crash, Weener said. Investigators planned to spend between seven to 10 days on scene, and will conduct interviews with the train’s crew members, passengers, and witnesses.

Metro-North, which runs between New York City and its northern suburbs in New York and Connecticut, is one of the busiest commuter rail services in the U.S. There are four tracks on that segment of the New Haven Line, an MTA statement said, but two are out of service for replacement of overhead wires.

There was “extensive damage” to the track and the wire from the collision, MTA said. The train cars will remain in place until the investigation is completed.

Amtrak cancelled all NY to Boston trains, but later added limited service New haven-Boston.

Until they clean it up, there is no acceptable detour in place. One exists, but it is only single track. Norwalk to Danbury, Danbury to Derby/Shelton on the Maybrook Line, Waterbury Branch to Devon on the Waterbury Line. However, the Maybrook Line is currently out of service for political/financial reasons. Besides, it is not electrified and Metro North does not have significant number of diesel locomotives to operate. In the meantime, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (parent company of Metro North) has rounded up lots of busses to “bridge the gap” between Bridgeport and Norwalk.

 On average, two people PER DAY die on Interstate 95 between Maine and Florida. How many Interstates are there? The section of I-95 between New Haven and New York City is one of the worst. Just do the math. The railroad is much much safer. Airlines? Usually 100% fatalities in a plane crash.
Bangladesh Railway 1 track/grade crossing every 100 feet/chicken cages tied to the roof.

Full Metro-North Rail Service Expected Wednesday

Tue May 21, 2013 4:28 am (PDT) . Posted by:

“Gary R. Kazin” gkazin

I knew they could do better than two weeks. That was a worst-case estimate; better to do that than say they can do it in four days and need five…

Full Metro-North Rail Service Expected Wednesday
Published: May 20, 2013

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Monday that it expected full commuter rail service to return by Wednesday morning, less than a week after a collision near Fairfield, Conn., involving two Metro-North Railroad trains injured more than 70 people and jammed a crucial transit corridor for much of the Northeast.

“We are confident that the reconstruction work, inspection and testing will be completed in time for a normal rush hour on Wednesday,” said Howard Permut, the president of Metro-North Railroad, who had estimated as recently as Sunday morning that service would be disrupted “well into the coming week.”

Full article:
http://www.nytimes. com/2013/ 05/21/nyregion/ after-crash- metro-north- riders-face- morning-commute. html?ref= nyregion