Comet on the Berkshire

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12:53 PM - Jan 08, 2018 #1

Here's a rare shot of the Comet on its system-wide tour in Canaan in May of 1935. Note the CNE track in the foreground. Comet in Canaan 001.jpg
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bogman102
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4:34 PM - Jan 08, 2018 #2

Very nice shot!
I didn't know the Comet ever ran up to Canaan!
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4:55 PM - Jan 08, 2018 #3

Only for demo/PR purposes.
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kcur8722
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6:57 PM - Jan 08, 2018 #4

Thanks for posting, Rick.  Nice photo. In the background is the Canfield Hotel when it still had a front porch.
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7:18 PM - Jan 08, 2018 #5

That hotel was also the southern terminal for the Berkshire Street Ry.
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rrtrax2
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8:25 AM - Jan 09, 2018 #6

A few of us discussed this privately last week. The original Facebook post reportedly said, incorrectly, that this was 1947!
In fact, it is Wednesday, 5/8/1935; 12:45 to 1:45 pm, if on time. white flags indicate it is the southbound return trip from
overnighting in Pittsfield. Next stop Kent, overnight in Bridgeport. SL13.1.10-31 (1982) has a classic Shoreliner article by
Steve Link on the Comet with the exhibition schedule and lots of photos. Page 25 is reproduced below (see last entry),
as well as a collage from the Connecticut Western News with images from the Canaan stop. Lee Beaujon has confirmed
that the May, 1935 handwriting is his. He might have more to share from the eyes of the six-year-old he was at the time!

Bob Belletzkie / TylerCityStation / rrtrax2@yahoo.com

1935 0508 wed comet canaan sl13.1.25.jpg
1935 0500 canaan cw uconn (96).jpg
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2:30 PM - Jan 09, 2018 #7

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rrtrax2
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9:02 AM - Jan 17, 2018 #8

How about the Comet not on the Berkshire?

This photo shows it at Weir Junction in Taunton, MA on 5/18/1935. I believe this shot should be credited to the Old Colony History Museum in Taunton.

I thought it a little 'weird' that this hot new train was 'off the beaten path/track' here but now I know why. Courtesy of itinerary information shared by Richard Fleischer, it was on its way from Mansfield, MA to Newport, RI. as part of the demo tour.

The passing of this train created buzz everywhere, fostered by the railroad's ambitious media campaign. In Abington, CT between Willimantic and Putnam, a group of school kids stood with a banner across the tracks and forced the train to make an unscheduled stop so that they might see the interior!

Now that I think of it, many of the shots that I can recall of the Comet have it in 'weird' places where it did not run regularly. I wonder, if we put our minds to it, how many tour photos we could put together of this remarkable train.

Bob Belletzkie / TylerCityStation / rrtrax2@yahoo.com

1935 0518 date the comet at weir jct2.jpg 1935 0518 date the comet at weir jct.jpg a.JPG
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rivermanvt
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10:24 AM - Jan 17, 2018 #9

rrtrax2 wrote: A few of us discussed this privately last week. The original Facebook post reportedly said, incorrectly, that this was 1947!
In fact, it is Wednesday, 5/8/1935; 12:45 to 1:45 pm, if on time. white flags indicate it is the southbound return trip from
overnighting in Pittsfield. Next stop Kent, overnight in Bridgeport. SL13.1.10-31 (1982) has a classic Shoreliner article by
Steve Link on the Comet with the exhibition schedule and lots of photos. Page 25 is reproduced below (see last entry),
as well as a collage from the Connecticut Western News with images from the Canaan stop. Lee Beaujon has confirmed
that the May, 1935 handwriting is his. He might have more to share from the eyes of the six-year-old he was at the time!

Bob Belletzkie / TylerCityStation / rrtrax2@yahoo.com




1935 0508 wed comet canaan sl13.1.25.jpg
1935 0500 canaan cw uconn (96).jpg
For those who are not aware of it the author "Steve Link" was a nom de plume used by the late Charles Brown so I guess we won't be asking him any further questions about the article.

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5:40 AM - Jan 22, 2018 #10

How about the Comet in B'port? Comet Jenkins Curve B&W.jpg
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