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Greenwich Library Event Explores History Of New Haven Railroad

Abramson spent 44 years working for the Connecticut railroad.
Abramson spent 44 years working for the Connecticut railroad. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Rick Abramson, a 44-year veteran of the Connecticut railways, returns to the Greenwich Library on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. to discuss how the electrification of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad made rail travel more efficient and attractive.

In 1907, the first electrified train service opened between Stamford and Woodlawn in New York City. It was extended to New Haven in 1914. The railway’s unusual design included an overhead triangular catenary, or hanging wire, which provided the electricity. In 1982, the wire structure was designated a National Historical Engineering Landmark.

Since age 6, Abramson had been fascinated with trains, both real and model. His dream of working for the railroad came true in February 1968, when he was hired by the New Haven Railroad, holding a variety of positions over the years such as freight agent, station supervisor, locomotive engineer, train dispatcher and superintendent. Abramson recently retired as Superintendent of Operations for the Housatonic Railroad in Canaan.

Abramson is an avid model railroad hobbyist. He attends many model train events in New England, and has written for many hobby magazines.

The presentation is open to all at no charge and will be held in the library meeting room. Register using the library’s online calendar or contact Carl White, Local History Librarian at cwhite@greenwichlibrary.org or call 203-622-7948.

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