• "A Great Railroad At Work"

  • 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.
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 shadyjay
 
I was bored yesterday so I watched "A Great Railroad at Work"... which dates back to the Palmer administration (and was released on Pentrex back in the 90s) (also watched a few PRR videos as well). In case you're not sure what I'm talking about, the opening scene shows a train coming around the bend passing under an overpass and stopping at a station, with a boy in front of it

Just curious as to what station this was shot at. Anyone know?

Thanks!
  by frakiedg
 
Well i am new to the forums, having seen this post 19 years late, i still feel i need to answer it,lol The station is at Mount camel Connecticut part of Hamden Connecticut,on the former New haven and Northampton line ,also known as the Canal line,The station master was Mr. Bellenger a friend of my grandmother, I practically grew up along this line,but i only saw Penn cent. and
Conrail ,and it s demise in to a bike trail,the station still stands today but its nothing of its former glory ,it burned once and was remodeled at least twice.
  by shadyjay
 
Ok, cool. Thank you for the info! Hard to believe I posted that 10 years ago.
  by radio
 
Here is a link through Internet Archive:

https://archive.org/details/0519_Great_ ... 3_01_05_24

Frakiedg: the shot in the beginning that shadyjay describes, can describe where in Mt. Carmel this is, and what direction the train is headed? I'm trying to determine where the diverging track leads at the end of that scene.
Thanks
  by frakiedg
 
Mt camel is in the New haven county its the north end of Hamden ct ,the station is still there today but it looks nothing like it did in its hay day, https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4146634 ... 384!8i8192 here is the google map link,the track had a siding ,closest to the station and a team track to the north past the fright house witch is all so still there,but it to has been "ruined and dont look as it did,There are pictuers here of the station ,my grand mother took , you just have to do a little scrolling past my pictures to get to them ,
http://photos.nerail.org/search/searchr ... ODE=&POYE=
  by BortCobain
 
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Location of the opening shot of A Great Railroad at Work (1942)

The original bridge that the train goes under was demolished and rebuilt as a rerouted Sherman Avenue before the 1970s. As others have stated, the original roof is definitely gone - fire the morning of November 8, 1962

Here's a newspaper article from the Hamden Fire Retirees website:

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(If these don't load, visit http://www.hamdenfireretirees.org/home121123.html and search for "50 YEARS AGO" for the start of the section)

Walking forward a bit there is this concrete (I think?) support that is on the side of the hill. This could be where the original bridge went over? You can also see this in the film, it's right behind where the others next to the boy are standing.

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Support in Mount Carmel

Here's the view trains would've seen in 1910 (postcard)
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and today:

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Mount Carmel Railroad Station building, 2024