Noel Weaver wrote:There was freight at Water Street in the NHRR and into the Penn Central period. The Winchester Job worked the lower end of the Canal Line within yard limits as did the West Haven Job which worked the industries off tracks 3 and 4 in West Haven and both of these jobs worked out of Water Street. There was an old wooden building with a yardmaster on the second floor and a switch tender among others as well as a clerk or two. There was also a mail terminal over behind Water Street toward Brewery Street and this had an engine working it 24 hours a day, a Water Street Job called the Mail Engine. There were also other places that got cars of meat, perishables and other freight downtown all handled out of Water Street.
Sounds like the New Haven Rail Yard really had an interesting history. It definietly does kind of make you wonder where all of those businesses went and its kind of sad in a way. Sounds like the yard was really busy working 24/7. I really enjoy all of the history surrounding the New Haven Railroad. That brick building with the 2 smoke stacks in the yard, did that used to be an old power plant? Also Where was the old yardmaster's located?
One has to wonder today just what happened to all that business today, most of the places just plain shut down and/or moved away.
The brick building with the two smoke stacks was the central heating plant. It produced a huge amount of steam to heat all of the coaches laying over, the locomotive shop, passenger station, motor storage, the GOB at 54 Meadow Street and everything else railroad in this area. It was demolished not too many years ago after a period of no use.
The Water Street Yard Office was located at the east end of the yard somewhat near where the big overhead bridge goes over the station tracks. It was an old and sort of run down wooden building which I seem to think was painted green.