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Salisbury in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Central New England Railroad

 
 
Central New England Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 15, 2011
1. Central New England Railroad Marker
Inscription.
Central New England Railroad
This is the roadbed for a single-track railroad originally running from Hartford to Millerton constructed in 1871. In 1888 the tracks were extended to the Poughkeepsie Bridge, making it the main trunk line across the Hudson River. Passenger service ended in 1927 and freight service in 1938.
In its early days the railroad was the region's principal mode of transportation. Trains carried milk and fresh produce to market. Special picnic trains were run on Sundays for family outings. The RR telegraph lines provided townspeople with news of major events. In 1916, townsfolk gathered at the stations to hear state-by-state election returns in the close presidential race between Charles Evans Hughes and Woodrow Wilson. In 1912, the telegraph flashed the news of the sinking of the Titanic, and of the battleship Maine in 1898. The telegraph also relayed baseball game scores during the World Series.
The reminiscences of Robert E. Ashman, whose father was a CNE stationmaster for 47 years at Lakeville, Salisbury and Taconic, were published in 1972. They tell many colorful CNE anecdotes including one about the intoxicated passenger who was nailed up in an empty furniture crate and shipped by rail from Taconic to Salisbury, where he was uncrated by the Sheriff and taken to the town lockup.
 
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Central New England Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 15, 2011
2. Central New England Railroad Marker
Looking up the dirt road, you can see where the railroad bed ran by the clear space between the trees.
the Tri-Corners History Council and The Salisbury Association, Inc.
 
Location. 41° 59.353′ N, 73° 25.04′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is on East Main Street near Cobble Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury CT 06068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salisbury Soldiers' Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salisbury Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Salisbury (approx. 0.6 miles away); Salisbury Academy (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Old Burying Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nation's First Public Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memory of Robert Scoville, M.A. (approx. 3.4 miles away); Canaan (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
 
Also see . . .  Central New England Railroad on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 28, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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