Tuesday, October 25, 2022

On the Valley Line - 100 years ago

Well, technically, 100 years ago yesterday...

Just came across this from friend Bob Belletzkie... It's a clipping about the abandonment proceeding for the Saybrook Junction to Saybrook Point portion of the Valley Line. IIRC, last service on this line was in 1917 and the New Haven was petitioning to pull it up.

The Chapman Brothers Company had a coal dock at Saybrook Point where they received their product by ship, but they and the railroad eventually reached an agreement whereby the railroad would create space at the Junction and Chapman's would move their operation there.

And the rest, as they say, is history...

Chapman's coal dock at Saybrook Point - on fire, date unknown

Chapman's at Saybrook Junction

Chapman's at Saybrook Junction, c. 1943

Chapman's as modeled on the layout

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