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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.

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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).

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NYCityToBridgeportMap of NY City to Bridgeport

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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