MORE ABOUT NEW LONDON
I photographed Train number 430 at about 2 PM on October 14, 1956 at Amherst, Mass. on its way from Montreal to New London and the New Haven interchange. The power is Canadian National 9306, a CFA 16-4 built by Canadian Locomotive Works in December 1952. The second unit is a matching B unit. I also photographed CNR GP 9s at New London. (Sorry if this post seems non-New Haven, but it is related to interchange with the New Haven at New London.)
NEW LONDON LOCAL
The Hartford Times on July 3, 1953 published an article by a reporter who rode a local freight from New London to Stafford Springs. Here are some excerpts which provide an idea of what local work was done on the Southern Division. M-3-a 2-8-0 450 left New London on July 1, 1953 at 7:03 AM with 472 tons, eleven cars. At Lebanon it paused to let a northbound freight (Extra 8740 ???) powered by the same type of C-Liners as in my photo above but before renumbered. At Lebanon a car was left for Berkman Grain Co. and two empties were picked up. 450 took water at Willimantic and left some LCL. Also, there was a car for the Boston Grain Co. and a car of coal for the Park-Elliott Co. A car of cement was left at South Coventry (Probably on a team track ? ). At Mansfield a carload of steel was left for construction at UCONN. Later a carload of cement was left near Hanson's General Store and two cars of reinforcing rods for the Wilbur Cross Parkway extension ( Probably on a team track also ? ). At Stafford there was LCL work at the freight house, a car of coal was set off and five empties were picked up. The reporter left the train at Stafford but it must have continued to Palmer, 15 miles ahead. The reporter said the freight he rode was a thrice-weekly run.
ANOTHER LOCAL WITH 450
By coincidence, about three years latter at the end of 1956 or start of 1957 (I lost the date) I followed a local freight behind M-3-a 2-8-0 450 by car for a while out of New London. 450 was the only M-3 with an Elesco rather than Coffin Feedwater Heater and had eleven cars, the same as in the story above.. At Montville I photographed 450 going up the Palmerstown branch with a car. The branch was about three miles long. I didn't try to follow up the branch but remembered a long wait before 450 got back to its train. I had spent part of the day at the New London yard but didn't keep notes. I recall N-5 467 going out in a freight a few cars back of the head-end power (double headed steamers were often separated due to bridge limitations). Unfortunately, I spent too much time in the roundhouse and missed the freight that was being made up -- an extra I think. There were CN GP9s at the engine yard and an N-5 and M-3 in the roundhouse with Alco S-4 8027. I wish I had been better at note keeping but I wasn't good at taking notes at school either.
The following shots are of M-3 450 heading up the Palmerstown branch at Montville six miles north of New London and N-5 2-8-0 467 heading for its train at the north end of the New London yard with the engine yard leads on the left.