Central New England visibility?

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Allen Hazen
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Central New England visibility?

Post by Allen Hazen » Tue May 07, 2019 9:31 pm

The Central New England was, by the 1920s, pretty much a "paper" railroad, no? I believe it was finally wound up as a corporation around the end of the 1920s.
Still, early 20th c. public timetables (etc) seem to have recognized its "technical" existence: the New Haven system was advertised as "New Haven Railroad and Central New England Lines."
Was (some, much, all)rolling stock lettered for the CNE in its later days?
(I'd love either corrections to or further details on the first three sentences, as well as an answer to the final question.)

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Re: Central New England visibility?

Post by TomNelligan » Thu May 09, 2019 6:25 pm

The CNE was formally merged into the NH in 1927 and following that transaction it's locomotives were generally relettered New Haven. A few ex-CNE steamers survived into the 1940s but met their end as the NH dieselized. I would guess that some CNE rolling stock survived well past the merger as well.

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Re: Central New England visibility?

Post by Allen Hazen » Fri May 10, 2019 12:21 am

Tom Nelligan--
Thank you! Given that repainting boxcars is seldom a first priority after a merger, I'm sure rolling stock still lettered for CNE could have been spotted for years after the merger!

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Re: Central New England visibility?

Post by ExCon90 » Fri May 10, 2019 2:36 pm

Hard to guess how many cars were even on home rails on the date of the merger and how long it took them to get home--and as you say, repainting would not have been a priority when they did get home.

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