• New Canaan Branch De-electrification?

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Discussion relating to the NH and its subsidiaries (NYW&B, Union Freight Railroad, Connecticut Company, steamship lines, etc.). up until its 1969 inclusion into the Penn Central merger. This forum is also for the discussion of efforts to preserve former New Haven equipment, artifacts and its history. You may also wish to visit www.nhrhta.org for more information.
  by NH2060
 
When the NH was contemplating de-energizing/tearing down the catenary east of Stamford in the '50s did that also include the New Canaan Branch or would it have retained its wires anyway?
  by Noel Weaver
 
Short answer, NO
Noel Weaver
  by Ridgefielder
 
Noel Weaver wrote:Short answer, NO
Noel Weaver
Sorry, Noel, but- no, they didn't contemplate de-energizing the New Canaan, or no, the catenary would have been torn down?
  by Noel Weaver
 
I will elaborate, it would have been relatively simple to replace the dink with a Budd RDC BUT there were two through trains to and from New York at that time and they were pretty heavy trains. One of them had the private MU club car 5113 for the New Canaan group. Replacing this equipment would not have been so simple as the trains would have required way more cars if standard coaches and FL-9's were substituted for the efficient MU's.
Noel Weaver
  by Statkowski
 
Just an observation, but de-electrifying the branch would have cost more to operate than leaving it electrified.
  by NH2060
 
Noel Weaver wrote:I will elaborate, it would have been relatively simple to replace the dink with a Budd RDC BUT there were two through trains to and from New York at that time and they were pretty heavy trains. One of them had the private MU club car 5113 for the New Canaan group. Replacing this equipment would not have been so simple as the trains would have required way more cars if standard coaches and FL-9's were substituted for the efficient MU's.
Noel Weaver
Belated response, but I completely agree and IMO would've resulted in a significant deterioration of the quality of service on the branch.
  by Statkowski
 
Don't forget that some of the people who rode on the private club car were bery, very influential people, the kind of people you do not want to inconvenience if possible.