Backshophoss wrote: ↑Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:21 pm
The Catenary to Danbury was feed off of the mainline Substations,had only 1 feederline to the end,passenger service to Pittsfield
was down to weekend service(Fri NB/Sat RT by RDC/Sun SB back to NYC) and covered by the FL-9's.
The reason was to not do a power change at S Norwalk,so that's why Danbury branch got wire back in the day.
Remember the NH was Bankrupt when the wire was removed.
Voltage drop on the branch might have been an issue,as Cos Cob was the only generating station(Van Nest was gone)
could have been 9 kv 25hz. at Danbury.
Going to reinforce what was said here, as someone who grew up along the Danbury Branch and knows the area well.
reason the Danbury Branch was electrified back in 1923 was to eliminate an engine change for the Danbury through trains, and move the changeover for Pittsfield service. After the wire went up on the Danbury they were able to consolidate steam locomotive servicing and shut down facilities in Stamford. Unlike on the rest of the West End of the New Haven, the yards and sidings on the Danbury were never wired, nor was the short branch up the hill from Branchville to Ridgefield Center. Freight remained under steam. It was an economy move for passenger service, pure and simple.
If it had never been
electrified, nobody would be talking about electrifying it today. Instead half the locals who know zero about railroad operations see the old Cat poles, see the old pictures, hear stories about how the Berkshire
carried a diner and parlor cars "back in grandpa's day" and think stringing up 20 miles of 12.5kV wire will magically give us the Danbury Acela
. [end of rant]