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New York bound.

Train 171, The Colonial, is charging upgrade at Sharon, Massachusetts.

Photographed by Wayne Brumbaugh, August, 1941.
Added to the photo archive by Ken Patton, February 24, 2024.
Railroad: New Haven.

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Posted by Alan LaPierre on 2024-02-24 16:08:30

Holy crap!

Posted by Alan Marshall on 2024-02-24 17:13:05

What an experience! Good job!

Posted by Bruce Macdonald on 2024-02-24 17:35:03

Photo of the month!!

Posted by Adrian Brodie on 2024-02-24 20:26:22

Amazing with steam power and changing engines in New Haven, schedules were pretty comparable to current day Amtrak Northeast Regional service.

Posted by Ron DeFilippo on 2024-02-25 08:22:39

And heavyweights beside!

Posted by Ron DeFilippo on 2024-02-25 08:24:00

Wow, thank you very much.

Posted by Ron Mura on 2024-02-25 09:30:40

I had not realized that there was a considerable grade here.Up until the 30s, there was a Track 4 to be used by slower freights to get out of t he way of passenger trains. I recall taking pictures of some pretty fast passenger trains coming down this Hill. Sharon Public Library has a picture of an I-5 on a test run (from Readville?)in 1938. At that time there was a tower standing there. See:

Posted by Ron DeFilippo on 2024-02-25 15:38:19

I think that test photo of an I-5 running light is at Sharon Hill, at the top of the grade between Sharon and East Foxborough stations.

Posted by Brian Gilleran on 2024-02-26 20:37:43

CORRECTION - I should have said "Sharon Heights", SS-171.

Posted by Brian Gilleran on 2024-02-26 20:49:00

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