TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Series 1. Record Books 1854-1911

Series 2. Correspondence 1869-1911

Series 3. Railroad Papers circa 1848-1911, bulk 1860-1911

Series 4. Hearings 1875-1883, undated

Series 5. Street Railway Papers 1889-1911

Series 6. Asylum Street Bridge Commission 1884-1892

Series 7. Miscellaneous Records 1871-1909, undated

Series 8. Scrapbooks 1879-1909

Series 9. Accident Reports 1893-1911

Series 10. Docket Maps 1870-1912

Series 11. Card Index Files

Series 12. Maps 1881-1905


RG 041:001, Board of Railroad Commissioners

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Robert Joseph Belletzkie.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Board of Railroad Commissioners
Title: Board of Railroad Commissioners records
Dates: circa 1848-1912, bulk 1854-1911
Quantity: 72.75 cubic feet
Abstract: The Board of Railroad Commissioners came into existence on July 1, 1853. On September 9, 1911 it was succeeded by the Public Utilities Commission.
Identification: RG041_001
Accession: 1932-074, 1972-003, 1983-028, 1986-025, 2011-125
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

During the first half of the nineteenth century, the General Assembly appointed individual commissioners to monitor Connecticut's early canals, turnpikes, and starting in 1832 its railroads.1 Safety legislation passed after the Norwalk drawbridge disaster of May 6, 1853 called for three general railroad commissioners to monitor all the companies and oversee compliance across the state.2 Each year in July or August, the Board would hold an organizational meeting to elect a chairman and secretary and, in the early years, to assign specific railroads to each commissioner for the reporting of accidents.3 In 1874 the commissioners became the Board of Railroad Commissioners now appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate.4 Legislation in 1877 further specified that one commissioner be a lawyer and one a civil engineer, both with ten years experience, and the third "a good practical business man."5

In 1884 the General Assembly established the Asylum Street Bridge Commission to plan and supervise the elimination of a dangerous grade crossing in Hartford. It's five members included the three railroad commissioners.6

The Board's mission was to protect the public interest in matters of safety, property rights, and accommodation. Street railways came fully under its jurisdiction by 1901, as electricity turned local horse railroads into an interurban transportation network that rivaled the steam railroads.7 Among its duties, the Board was charged with approving the locations of new lines and certifying them as safe to open; inspecting all the railroads periodically; investigating accidents that involved personal injury; holding hearings in response to petitions and complaints; researching newer safety technologies; and, reporting back to the legislature.

Individuals, municipalities, and railway companies could petition the Board for redress. On receipt of a petition, the commissioners would set a date; give legal notice to the parties concerned; take testimony, under oath if necessary; deliberate and announce their finding; and, hold additional hearings on appeal. Always limited by statute, the Board's powers to order improvements, rather than merely recommend them, evolved over time. Though it had to work through the courts itself and its determinations could be challenged there, the Board's rulings were usually upheld.

By the turn of the century, the increasing numbers of electric, gas, water, telegraph, and telephone companies brought the need for increased regulation and an agency with an expanded scope. On September 9, 1911 the Board of Railroad Commissioners became the new Public Utilities Commission.8

Two of the longest serving Commissioners were George M. Woodruff (1874-1897) and William O. Seymour (1887-1911), who died in office. For a complete list of Commissioners, see the 59th Annual Report of the Railroad Commissioners, 1911, p. 130. Long time clerks were George T. Utley (1874-1893), who died in office, and Henry F. Billings (1893-1930). The Commission maintained an office from August 1871 until November 1878 in Room 67 of the Charter Oak Life Insurance Building, and from November 1878 to September 1911 in Rooms 41 and 43 of the State Capitol.

See also the Department of Public Utility Control Agency History.

Endnotes

1Resolves and Private Laws, 1832, title 33, section 7, Boston, Norwich and New London R.R. Co.
2Hartford Daily Courant, May 7, 1853, p.2; Public Acts, 1853, chapter 74.
3RG 041:001, series 1, volume 5, p. 1, 144.
4Public Acts, 1874, chapter 77, sections 1, 3.
5Public Acts, 1877, chapter 144, section 2.
6Special Acts and Resolutions, 1884, number 185.
7Public Acts, 1901, chapter 156.
8Public Acts, 1911, chapter 128.

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Scope and Content

Series 1. Record Books, 1854-1911, are largely transcriptions of documents and constitute the official record of the Board. Many, but not all, of the original documents can be found in Series 3 and 5.

Series 2. Correspondence, 1869-1911, bulk 1869-1894, consists of original letters to the commissioners, internal Board communications, and copies of outgoing correspondence. Though some correspondence was recorded in the early Series 1 volumes, the actual letters present here begin in 1869.

Series 3. Railroad Papers, circa 1848-1911, bulk 1860-1911 includes original applications for rights of way, notices of hearings, decisions, appeals and withdrawals thereof, examination reports, requests for special trains, reports of accidents and deaths, and some miscellaneous letters.

Series 4. Hearings, 1875-1883, undated, includes books of notes and testimony taken in regard to specific accidents, such as the Tariffville bridge collapse of January 15, 1878. Includes two photographs of the Hartford tunnel that relate to the Hartford

Series 5. Street Railway Papers, 1892-1912, includes original applications for rights of way, notices of hearings, decisions, appeals, withdrawals of appeals and petitions, materials on vestibules and fenders to improve safety.

Series 6. Asylum Street Bridge Commission, 1884-1892, includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, and hearings records.

Series 7. Miscellaneous Records, 1871-1909, undated, contains two inspection notebooks, 1878-1881 and 1909; a Board of Railroad Commissioners leather pouch; a name and address book, undated; and an unidentified index, undated.

Series 8. Scrapbooks, 1879-1909, contain articles clipped out of newspapers and periodicals, mostly from Connecticut.

Series 9. Accident Reports, 1893-1911, contain reports, either in the form of correspondence or on official forms provided by the Board, by railway companies to the Board. These are not investigation reports.

Series 10. Docket maps, 1870-1912, are of projected rights of way and changes to established lines, grade-crossing elimination plans, blueprints for stations and bridges, both for railroads and street railways.

Series 11. Card File Indexes, are indexes of Board actions recorded in record books volumes 1-41 (Series 1), accidents recorded in record books volumes 1-41 (Series 1), and plans submitted to the Board for review (Series 10).

Series 12. Maps, 1881, 1888-1890, 1893-1905 are maps that accompanied the published reports of the Railroad Commissioners.

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Arrangement

Arranged in 12 series as follows:

Series 1, Record books, 1854-1911, are arranged by volume number. Volumes 12, 14-41 are arranged alphabetically by railroad name. Volumes 42-44 for street railways are arranged chronologically.

Series 2, Correspondence, 1869-1911, bulk 1869-1894, is arranged chronologically

Series 3, Railroad Papers, circa 1848-1911, bulk 1860-1911, are arranged alphabetically by railroad and then chronologically therein. The reverse of each document is noted with the volume in Series 1 in which the document was recorded.

Series 4. Hearings, 1875-1883, is arranged chronologically.

Series 5. Street Railway Papers, 1892-1912, are arranged alphabetically by railway name and then chronologically therein. The reverse of each document is noted with the volume in Series 1 in which the document was recorded.

Series 6. Asylum Street Bridge Commission, 1884-1892, documents are arranged chronologically.

Series 7. Miscellaneous Records, 1871-1909, undated

Series 8. Scrapbooks, 1879-1909, are arranged chronologically.

Series 9. Accident Reports, 1893-1911, are arranged by railroad and division and then chronologically therein.

Series 10. Docket Maps, 1870-1912, are are arranged numerically.

Series 11. Card File Indexes

Series 12. Maps, 1881, 1888-1890, 1893-1905, are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Series 10, Docket maps, are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis. Access to some of these plans may be restricted due to condition or size. Any restrictions are noted on the listing at the History and Genealogy Reference desk. Some restricted items may be made available to researchers after review by State Archives staff.

Series 12, Maps are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

RG 002:004, General Assembly Papers, 1821-1870, Connecticut State Library.
Contains charters, petitions, and reports dealing with railroads.

RG 006, Office of the Secretary of the State Records, Connecticut State Library. Railroad mortgage deeds, 1849-1980, articles of incorporation, 1837-1945, and railroad maps, circa 1874-1910. Some maps were placed into the manuscript map collection. Researchers should check the map card catalog in the History & Genealogy reading room.
Note: Connecticut General Statutes require that the Secretary of the State of Connecticut records all railroad company incorporations and all railroad company transactions with regard to the issuance of bonds secured by a mortgage deed, leasing of railroad company property, the acquisition, consolidation, or merger of railroad companies, and liens on railroad company property. Contact the Office of the Secretary of the State for further information on records that might be held there.

RG 041:002, Public Utilities Commission Records, Connecticut State Library.
This is the successor agency to the Board of Railroad Commissioners.

RG 089, Department of Transportation Records, Connecticut State Library.

RG 089:024, Connecticut Transportation Authority Records, Connecticut State Library.

RG 089:031, Connecticut Public Transportation Commission Records, Connecticut State Library.

Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, Connecticut
This is the single largest repository of historical railroad materials in Connecticut.
Included here are scrapbooks that cover some of the gaps in Series 8: 1880 October 20 - 1881 April 11; 1881 April 13 - 1883 December 9; 1887 May 19 - 1887 September 14; 1888 February 15 - 1888 December 14.

Connecticut Historical Society Research Center, Hartford, Connecticut

New Haven Museum, New Haven, Connecticut

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Board of Railroad Commissioners
Connecticut. General Railroad Commissioners
Connecticut. Rail Road Commissioners

Subjects:

Connecticut. Board of Railroad Commissioners -- Records and correspondence
Electric railroads -- Connecticut
Electric railroads -- Design and construction-- Connecticut
Railroad accidents -- Connecticut
Railroad stations -- Connecticut
Railroads -- Connecticut
Railroads -- Connecticut -- Maps
Railroads -- Design and construction -- Connecticut
Railroads -- Right of way-- Connecticut
Railroads -- Safety measures -- Connecticut
Street railroads -- Connecticut
Street railroads -- Design and construction -- Connecticut

Places:

Connecticut

Document Types:

Accident reports
Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Card files
Correspondence
Maps
Minutes
Pamphlets
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Series 1, Record book, 1854-1864, unnumbered volume, was donated to the Connecticut State Library by the Connecticut Historical Society on April 27, 2011. (Accession 2011-125)

Series 1, Record books, 1857-1911, volumes 1-44, and separate indexes for volume 1-6, were transferred to the Connecticut State Library in January 1972. It appears that these record books were transferred by the Office of the Attorney General, which may have had custody. (Accession 1972-003)

Most of Series 2, Correspondence, 1869-1911; Series 3, Railroad papers, circa 1848-1911, bulk 1860-1911; and Series 5, Street railway papers, 1889-1911, were brought to the Connecticut State LIbrary in 1932 from a gentleman only identified as Mr. Thompson. Part of this material was received on May 16, 1932. (Accession 1932-074). Two boxes of Railroad Commissioner papers were donated to the Connecticut State Library by the Connecticut Historical Society on December 2, 1983. Upon receipt these 2 boxes were assigned accession 1983-019. They have been combined with accession 1932-074 during processing that began in 2008.

Series 4, Hearings, 1875-1883; Series 6, Asylum St. Bridge Commission, 1884-1892; and Series 7, Miscellaneous Records, 1871-1909, were received with the records books in January 1972. These series were placed into accession 1932-074 during processing that began in 2008.

It is unclear when Series 8, Scrapbooks, 1879-1909, and Series 9, Accident Reports, 1893-1911, came to the Connecticut State Library, although it is likely through Mr. Thompson. These series were placed into accession 1932-074 during processing that began in 2008.

Series 10, Docket maps, 1870-1912, were transferred to the Connecticut State Library from the Dept. of Transportation on July 28, 1986. (Accession 1986-025)

Series 11, Card file indexes were transferred to the Connecticut State Library with the docket maps in 1986. They were included in accession 1932-074 during processing that began in 2008.

Series 12, Maps, 1881, 1888-1890, 1893-1905, were placed in the State Archives on July 28, 1983.

Processing Information

These records were processed by volunteer Robert Joseph Belletzkie from 2008-2011.

Series 10, Docket Maps, was previously part of RG 089, Dept. of Transportation as Series 18, Rail Regulatory Docket Maps.

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Bibliography

State Publications

Board of Railroad Commissioners. Annual Report of the Railroad Commissioners of the State of Connecticut Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1875-[1911].[CSL call number StLib Conn Doc P962r]
These reports included the highlights of the year, the reportable accidents, the condition of each company, and a copy of its 'returns' form. Mandated by the legislature in 1853, the latter were sent annually to each railroad and asked more than 150 questions about finances and operations. The elaborate statistical charts based on this information, the proliferation of companies monitored, and the railway laws appended would see these reports become 700-page volumes by 1900.
Some of these reports are online in the Internet Archive.
These reports had state railroad maps inserted into the front cover sleeve, 1876-1912, and street railway maps in end sleeve, 1902-1913. Maps for the years 1881, 1888-1890, and 1893-1905, are found in Series 12. Maps for the years 1894 and 1895 are also in Special Collections [CSL call number StLib Spec Coll Maps G3781.P3 1894 .M3] and [CSL call number StLib Spec Coll Maps G3781.P3 1895 .M3]. The map for 1906 is in the History & Genealogy reading room [CSL call number StLib History Ref Map Case G3781.P3 1906 .M3]

Books

Baker, George Pierce. The Formation of the New England Railway Systems: A Study of Railroad Combination in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1937.[CSL call number StLib Stacks HE2771.A11 B3 1937]

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Container List

Series 1. Record Books, 1854-1911, Accession: 1972-003 except where noted, 11 cubic feet (45 volumes + 6 indexes)
On spines: "Records of the Railroad Commissioners"
Titles and dates below as given on spine, unless otherwise noted.
Content sometimes varies from spine dates and covers reorganizations under subsequent corporate names.
The first record book is unnumbered.
Index to Volume 1-6 are in separate volumes. Volumes 7-44 contain index at front of volume
The index volumes are unnumbered.
Volume
Record book of Gen. Railroad Commissioners, 1854-1864, Accession: 2011-125
Unnumbered volume
Title from label on front cover
Records, 1857 June 24 - 1863 February 23 1
Inscribed on front end leaf: "Accidents 1857-1862 Vol. 0 [with "A" struck out]
Inscribed on verso of second front end leaf: "Index in separate book (long thin book) marked 'Index to Record Book 0, June 24, 1857 to Nov. 8, 1862'"
Index to Volume 1
On cover: "Index to Record Book 0 June 24th., 1857 to Nov. 8th., 1862"
Records, 1859 July 8 - 1862 October 28 2
Inscribed on top of first page: "Copy of letters sent"
Book in reverse continues pages 144-195.
Index to Volume 2
On cover: "Index to Record Book 00 July 8th., 1859 to Octo. 28th., 1862."
Records, 1862 August 25 - 1866 June 21 3
Inscribed on front end leaf: "Vol 0.0.0. Accidents 1862 to 1866. B"
Index to Volume 3
On cover: "Index to Record Book 000 From Aug. 25th., 1862 to July 2nd., 1866.
Records, 1865 August 15 - 1866 February 7 4
Inscribed on front end leaf: "Vol. 0.0.0.0. Accidents 1865 to 1866 C"
Testimony in various accident hearings
Index to Volume 4
On cover: "Index to Record Book 0000 From Aug 15th., 1865 to Feby. 7th., 1866."
Records, 1866 July 5 - 1868 May 7 5
Inscribed on front end leaf: "Vol 0.0.0.0.0. Records 1866 to 1868"
Index to Volume 5
On cover: "Index to Record Book 00000 From July 5th., 1866 to May 7th., 1868."
Records, 1866 April 10 - 1870 February 16 6
"Inscribed on verso of front end leaf: "Vol VI"
"Inscribed on 2nd front end leaf: "A"
Index to Volume 6
On cover: "Index to Record Book A From May 16th., 1868 to Feby. 5th., 1870."
Records, 1869 January 18 - 1872 April 12 7
"B" on lower spine
Records, 1871 January 25 - 1874 June 18 8
Letters dated August 11, 1873 and March 28, 1874 in Box 51 Folder 10 indicate this volume was known as Volume C.
Records, 1874 June 2 - 1911 January 25 9
Letters dated August 28, 1873 and November 20, 1874 in Box 51 Folder 10 indicate this volume was known as Volume D.
Accidents, 1872 January 5 - 1874 August 29 10
Inscribed on 2nd front end leaf: "(Accidents)/(Railroad Commissioners)"
Miscellaneous roads, 1880 October 26 - 1891 June 30 11
Includes projected, unbuilt 'parallel roads': New York & Connecticut Eastern R.R. ; New York & Connecticut Railway; New York & Connecticut Air Line R.R.; New York, Bridgeport & Eastern Railway.
Boston & New York Air Line R.R., 1873 May 6 - 1911 July 17 12
Miscellaneous roads, 1877 March 29 - 1911 July 10 13
Includes Branford Steam R.R., Colchester R.R., Meriden & Cromwell R.R., South Manchester R.R., East Granby & Suffield R.R., Rockville R.R.
Connecticut Central R.R., 1874 December 30 - 1891 May 25 14
Connecticut Valley R.R., 1874 June 17 - 1909 May 27 15
Connecticut Western R.R., 1874 September 21 - 1911 September 8 16
Danbury & Norwalk R.R., 1874 October 20 - 1911 March 9 17
Hartford, Providence & Fishkill R.R., 1874 June 23 - 1884 June 17 18
Pages 1-48 and 179-181 cover the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill R.R. Pages 75-178 cover the projected 'parallel road' Hartford and Harlem R.R., 1883 May 4 - 1884 June 17.
Housatonic R.R., 1874 October 21 - 1911 September 8 19
Naugatuck R.R., 1874 October 16 - 1911 January 13 20
Naugatuck R.R., 1911 March 22 21
11 pages only
New Canaan R.R., 1874 November 4 - 1911 May 9 22
Pages 175-186 cover the projected road Ridgefield & New York R.R. Pages 300-313 cover the projected road Danbury amp; State Line Railway.
New Haven & Derby R.R., 1875 October 26 - 1910 December 9 23
New Haven & Northampton R.R., 1874 August 21 - 1911 July 17 24
New London Northern R.R., 1874 November 5 - 1911 April 27 25
New York & New England R.R. , 1875 March 31 - 1884 December 13 26
New York & New England R.R., 1884 December 22 - 1890 October 10 27
New York & New England R.R., 1890 October 2 - 1901 February 13 28
New York & New England R.R., 1901 March 11 - 1911 August 9 29
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., New York & New Haven Division, No. 1, 1874 September 8 - 1886 October 14 30
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., New York & New Haven Division, No. 2, 1886 October 16 - 1892 October 5 31
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., New York & New Haven Division, No. 3, 1892 October 3 - 1896 September 15 32
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., New York & New Haven Division, No. 4, 1896 September 29 - 1911 September 8 33
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Hartford & New Haven Division, No. 1, 1874 September 12 - 1888 April 14 34
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Hartford & New Haven Division, No. 2, 1888 April 28 - 1910 November 7 35
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Hartford and New Haven Division, Volume 3, 1910 July 1 - 1911 July 24 36
9 pages only
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Shore Line Division, Volume 1, 1874 October 21 - 1903 June 25 37
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Shore Line Division, Volume 2, 1905 January 4 - 1911 July 3 38
46 pages only
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., New York, Providence and Boston R.R., Volume 1, 1874 October 24 - 1908 May 29 39
Norwich and Worcester R.R., Volume 1, 1874 November 5 - 1911 March 17 40
Shepaug R.R., 1874 October 16 - 1911 June 27 41
Street Railways, Volume 1, 1895 December 18 - 1904 September 28 42
Street Railways, Volume 2, 1904 October 13 - 1908 July 15 43
Street Railways, Volume 3, 1908 August 1 - 1911 August 19 44
Series 2. Correspondence, 1869-1911, Accession: 1932-074, 8.5 cubic feet
Box Folder
1869 December - 1874 December 1 1-12
1875 January - 1876 January 2 1-12
1876 February - December 16 3 1-12
1876 December 16 - 1878 February 4 1-12
1878 March - 1880 February 5 1-12
1880 March - 1882 July 6 1-12
1882 August - 1883 July 14 7 1-12
1883 July 16 - 1884 April 8 1-12
1884 May - 1885 December 9 1-12
1886 January - 1887 September 10 1-12
1887 October - 1888 October 11 1-12
1888 November - 1891 January 12 1-12
1891 February - 1892 January 13 1-12
1892 February - November 18 14 1-12
1892 November 19 - 1894 August 15 1-12
1894 September - 1904 16 1-12
1905-1911 17 1-12
Series 3. Railroad Papers, circa 1848-1911, bulk 1860-1911, Accession: 1932-074, 19.25 cubic feet
Plans and blueprints found during processing were removed and are stored separately. A listing of these items is available at the History & Genealogy Reference desk. They are identified with the code "RRC-Supp" and are numbered 1-25.
Box Folder
Boston & New York Airline R.R., 1875-1911 18 1-8
Includes Colchester R.R.
Boston, Hartford & Erie R.R., 1864-1870 9-10
Branford Steam R.R. Co., 1904-1910 19 1
Includes Damascus R.R.
Connecticut Central R.R., 1869-1885 2-6
Danbury & Norwalk R.R., 1861-1893 7-10
Danbury & Norwalk R.R., 1894-1909 20 1-4
East Granby & Suffield R.R., 1901-1902 5
Hartford & Connecticut Valley R.R., 1870-1873 6-9
Hartford & Connecticut Valley R.R., 1874-1911 21 1-10
Hartford & Connecticut Western R.R., 1869-1897 22 1-9
Hartford & Connecticut Western R.R., 1898-1911 23 1-7
Hartford & Connecticut Western R.R. papers in Boxes 22 and 23 include the Connecticut Western R.R., the Central New England & Western R.R., the Philadelphia, Reading & New England R.R. and the Central New England Railway
Hartford & New Haven R.R., 1857-1868 8-10
The Hartford & New Haven R.R.. papers in boxes 23-27 include the Union Branch R.R. (Hartford), Middletown R.R., Middletown Extension R.R., New Britain & Middletown R.R., Windsor Locks & Suffield R.R.
Hartford & New Haven R.R., 1869-1882 June 24 1-9
Hartford & New Haven R.R., 1882 July-1895 25 1-8
Hartford & New Haven R.R., 1896-1910 26 1-9
Hartford & New Haven R.R., 1911 27 1-2
Hartford, Providence & Fishkill R.R., 1859-1878 3-10
Housatonic R.R., 1861-1895 28 1-10
Includes one New York, Housatonic & Northern R.R. item, September 22, 1871 in folder 2
Housatonic R.R., 1899-1911 29 1-6
Housatonic R.R.: financial and legal documents, 1882 7-9
Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River R.R., 1882-1910 30 1-6
Includes Meriden & Cromwell R.R., Meriden & Waterbury R.R., and Middletown, Meriden & Waterbury R.R.
Naugatuck R.R., circa 1848, 1863-1882 7-10
Includes Waterbury & Watertown R.R.
Naugatuck R.R., 1883-1905 31 1-9
Naugatuck R.R., 1906-1911 32 1-5
New Canaan R.R., 1867-1872, 1908-1911 6-8
New Haven & Derby R.R., 1867-1910 33 1-11
New Haven & Northampton R.R., 1861-1903 34 1-10
New Haven & Northampton R.R., 1904-1911 35 1-4
New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic R.R., 1869-1877 5-7
New London Northern R.R., 1866-1891 8-9
The New London Northern R.R. papers in Boxes 35 and 36 include New London, Willimantic & Palmer R.R. and the Central Vermont Railway.
New London Northern R.R., 1892-1911 36 1-5
New York & New England R.R., 1872-1879 6-8
New York & New England R.R., 1880-1883 July 37 1-8
New York & New England R.R., 1883 August - 1887 June 38 1-8
New York & New England R.R., 1887 July - 1896 39 1-8
New York & New England R.R., 1897-1905 40 1-8
The New York & New England R.R. papers in Boxes 39-42 include the reorganized New England Railroad, 1895-1911.
New York & New England R.R., 1906 April - 1909 May 6 41 1-8
New York & New England R.R., 1909 May 12 - 1911 42 1-4
New York & New Haven R.R., 1860 - 1867 August 5-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1867 September - 1878 July 43 1-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1878 August - 1885 44 1-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1886-1892 December 31 45 1-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1892 December 31 - 1893 November 46 1-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1894-1898 June 47 1-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1898 August - 1907 July 48 1-10
New York & New Haven R.R., 1907 September - 1911 49 1-4
New York & New Haven R.R.: capital stock, 1889-1893 5-6
New York, Providence & Boston R.R., 1867-1908 7-12
Norwich & Worcester R.R., 1860-1905 50 1-10
Norwich & Worcester R.R., 1906-1911 51 1-2
Shepaug Railroad, 1871-1911 3-8
Shore Line Railway, 1861-1874 9-10
The Shore Line Railway papers in Boxes 51-53 include New Haven & New London R.R., New London & Stonington R.R., Stonington & Providence R.R., and New Haven, New London & Stonington R.R.
Shore Line Railway, 1875-1892 May 52 1-10
Shore Line Railway, 1892 July - 1911 53 1-9
South Manchester R.R., 1879-1910 10
Miscellaneous railroads, 1902-1905 54 1
Includes Manufacturers R.R. (New Haven), Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Industrial R.R. (Bridgeport)
Danbury & State Line Railway (proposed), 1892-1893 2
New York & Connecticut Railway (proposed), 1881 3
New York & Connecticut Airline R.R. (proposed), 1881-1884 4-8
New York & Connecticut Eastern R.R. (proposed), 1880 9
New York, Bridgeport & Eastern Railway (proposed), 1890-1891 55 1-2
Miscellaneous proposed railroads, 1887-1903 3
Includes Ridgefield and New York R.R., Westport and Redding R.R., Windsor Locks R.R.
Car couplers, 1878-1882 March 4-9
Car couplers, 1882 April - 1887 56 1-2
Grade crossings, 1883-1891 3-8
Series 4. Hearings, 1875-1883, undated, Accession: 1932-074, .25 cubic feet
Box Folder
Front cover only for hearing on location of Connecticut Central R.R., circa 1875 May 14 56 9
Damage appraisals can be found in Connecticut Central R.R. papers in Series 3
Tariffville inquest, 1878 January 22 - February 5 9
Books 1-3
Accident occurred January 15, 1878
Tariffville inquest, 1878 February 5-12, undated 10
Book 4 and unnumbered book
Accident occurred on January 15, 1878
New York & New England R.R., Naugatuck R.R., and Connecticut Western R.R. connections, 1878 December 18 , 1879 June 6 10
Books 1 and 2
New York. & New England R.R., Naugatuck R.R., and Connecticut Western R.R. connections, 1879 June 11
Pomfret collision, 1882 November 15 11
Collision occurred on November 4, 1882
Miscellaneous matters, 1882 November 11
Contains: Hearings at Willimantic, November 2, 1882; hearings at Hartford, November 8, 14, 15, 1882
Accident on Springfield Division at South Windsor; Accident at Union City, 1882 December 12
Hearing for accident at South Windsor that occurred on December 11, 1882; the collision at Union City occurred on December 14, 1882
New York & Connecticut Airline R.R. right of way at Bridgeport, 1883 July 25 12
Hartford Tunnel collision, 1883 July 24 12
Book 1
New York & New England R.R. and N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. trains collided just north of the tunnel on June 30, 1883
Hartford Tunnel collision, 1883 July 24 12
Book 2
Hartford Tunnel photographs, 2 photographs 13
Hartford Freight Branch collision, 1883 July 12, 17, 27 13
Books 1 and 2
Collision occurred on June 7, 1883
Plainville collision, undated 13
Collision occurred on July 9, 1883
Series 5. Street Railway Papers, 1889-1911, Accession: 1932-074, 6.5 cubic feet
Plans and blueprints found during processing were removed and are stored separately. A listing of these items is available at the History & Genealogy Reference desk. They are identified with the code "RRC-Supp" and are numbered 26-46.
Box Folder
American Tube & Stamping Co., 1902 57 1
Branford Lighting & Water Co., 1904 2
Bridgeport & Danbury Electric Railway, 1911 3
Bridgeport Traction Co., 1897-1899 4
Bristol & Plainville Tramway, 1894-1907 5-6
Central Railway & Electric Co. (New Britain), 1889-1899 7-9
Cheshire Street Railway, 1901-1905 58 1-2
Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co., 1901-1905 June 19 3-8
Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co., 1905 June 30 - 1910 June 59 1-8
Danbury & Bethel Street Railway, 1898-1908 60 1
Danbury & Golden's Bridge Street Railway, 1901 2
Danielson & Norwich Street Railway, 1902 3
East Hartford & Glastonbury Street Railway, 1905 4
Enfield & Longmeadow Electric Railway, 1897-1898 5
Fair Haven and Westville R.R., 1901-1903 6
Farmington Street Railway, 1902 7
Greenwich Tramway, 1901-1905 8
Groton & Stonington Street Railway, 1904-1911 9
Hartford & Springfield Street Railway, 1894-1901 November 19 10-12
Hartford & Springfield Street Railway, 1902 January - 1910 61 1-8
Hartford, Rockville & Manchester Tramway, 1894-1898 62 1
Meriden Electric R.R., 1896-1904 2
Meriden, Middletown & Guilford Electric Railway, 1909-1910 3
Meriden, Southington & Compounce Tramway, 1899-1905 4
Middletown Street Railway, 1903 5
Montville Street Railway, 1903-1904 6
Naugatuck Valley Street Railway, 1905-1907 7
New London & East Lyme Street Railway, 1905 8
New York, New Haven & Hartford, Consolidated Railway Co., 1904 - 1907 June 12 63 1-6
New York, New Haven & Hartford, Street Railway Lines, 1907 June 19 - October 7-9
New York, New Haven & Hartford, Street Railway Lines, 1907 November - 1909 September 64 1-8
New York, New Haven & Hartford, Street Railway Lines, 1909 October - December 65 1-2
New York, New Haven & Hartford, Connecticut Company, 1910 February - 1911 June 7 3-9
New York, New Haven & Hartford, Connecticut Company, 1911 June 10 - 1912 66 1-4
Norwalk Tramway, 1899-1900 5
Norwich & Westerly Street Railway, 1906 6
Norwich Street Railway, 1897-1904 7
People's Tramway (Putnum), 1899-1900 8
Rockville, Broad Brook & East Windsor Street Railway, 1905 July 5 - 1910 9-11
Shore Line Electric Railway, 1907-1911 67 1-8
Somers & Enfield Street Railway, 1902-1903 9
Stafford Springs Street Railway, 1902-1907 68 1-3
Stamford Street R.R., 1902-1904 4
Suffield Street Railway, 1901-1904 5-6
Thomaston Tramway, 1905-1907 7
Wallingford Tramway, 1903-1904 8
Waterbury Traction Co., 1896 9
Willimantic Traction Co., 1901-1904 69 1-2
Windsor Locks & Rainbow Street Railway, 1904 3
Winchester Ave. R.R. (New Haven), 1894-1904 4
Worcester & Connecticut Eastern Railway, including Thompson Tramway, 1902-1903 5
Miscellaneous street railways, 1894-1911 6
Includes: Hartford and West Hartford R.R., Norwich, Colchester and Hartford Traction Co., Providence and Danielson Railway, Steeplechase Island R.R. (Bridgeport), Torrington and Winchester Street Railway, West Shore Railway, Windsor Locks Traction Co., Suffield Street Railway.
Fenders, 1895-1896 7
Vestibules, 1895-1909 8-10
Series 6. Asylum Street Bridge Commission, 1884-1892, Accession: 1932-074, .5 cubic feet
Box Folder
Records, 1884-1889 70 1-5
Record book, 1884-1892, 1 volume
Contents: Record of orders drawn, 1886-1892; minutes, 1884-1892
Series 7. Miscellaneous Records, 1871-1909, undated, Accession: 1932-074, .25 cubic feet
Box Folder
Inspection notebooks, 1871-1881, 1909, 2 items 71 1
Leather pouch, undated, fragile 2
Engraved "Board of Railroad Commissioners / State Capitol Hartford Conn."
Name and address book, undated 3
Unidentified index, undated 4
Includes references to newspapers.
Series 8. Scrapbooks, 1879-1909, Accession: 1932-074, 5 cubic feet (23 volumes)
Box
1879 June 4 - 1880 March 31, 1 volume 72
1880 April 1 - October 27, 1 volume
1883 February 8 - June 16, 1 volume
1883 November 21 - 1884 March 28, 1 volume
Spine states start date as 1883 November 24
1884 March 27 - 1885 February 20, 1 volume
1885 February 20 - October 24, 1 volume 73
1885 October 22 - 1886 May 15, 1 volume
1886 May 4 - 1887 January 26, 1 volume
1887 January 26 - May 18, 1 volume
1887 September 14 - 1888 February 10, 1 volume
1888 December 14 - 1889 April 25, 1 volume 74
1889 April 24 - 1889 December 10, 1 volume
1889 December 10 - 1890 October 16, 1 volume
1890 September 8 - 1891 November 30, 1 volume
1891 November 30 - 1892 November 22, 1 volume
1892 November 22 - 1893 August 3, 1 volume 75
1893 August 3 - 1894 August 31, 1 volume
1894 August 31 - 1895 August 31, 1 volume
1895 September 2 - 1897 February 12, 1 volume
1897 February 10 - 1899 January 14, 1 volume 76
1899 January 16 - 1901 January 17, 1 volume
1900 December 1- 1902 June 14, 1 volume
1904 November 2 - 1909 December 3, 1 volume
Series 9. Accident Reports, 1893-1911, Accession: 1932-074, 3 cubic feet (19 volumes)
Box
Boston & New York Air Line R.R., 1893 October 18 - 1911 May 22, 1 volume 77
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Air Line, Northampton, Shore Line, and Midland Divisions. Reports mainly cover New Haven to Willimantic.
Danbury & Norwalk R.R., 1893 July 11 - 1911 July 24, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Danbury and Western Divisions. Reports mainly cover South Norwalk to Brookfield.
Hartford & Connecticut Valley R.R., 1893 October 17 - 1911 August 1, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Valley and Shore Line Divisions. Reports mainly cover Hartford to Saybrook.
Hartford & New Haven R.R., 1906 August 3 - 1911 August 2, 1 volume
On spine: "NH & H"
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Midland, Hartford, and Shore Line Divisions. Reports mainly cover New Haven to Enfield, plus New Britain.
Housatonic R.R., 1910 January 15 - 1911 July 15, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Western Division. Reports mainly cover Hawleyville (Newtown) to Pittsfield, Mass.
Naugatuck R.R., 1908 September 10 - 1911 August 2, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Western Division. Reports mainly cover Devon (Milford) to Winsted.
New Canaan R.R., 1911 July 3, 1 volume 78
There is only one document in this volume.
New Haven & Derby R.R., 1893 July 12 - 1911 June 24, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Berkshire, Naugatuck, and Western Divisions. Reports mainly cover New Haven to Ansonia, Derby Jct. to Botsford (Newtown).
New Haven & Northampton R.R., 1893 July 6 - 1911 July 14, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & Hartford R.R. Northampton, Air Line, and Shore Line Divisions. Reports mainly cover New Haven to Granby; Farmington to New Hartford.
New London Northern R.R., 1893 August 21 - 1911 May 24, 1 volume
Central Vermont Railway New London and Southern Divisions. Reports cover New London to Massachusetts.
New York & New England R.R., 1909 May 20 - 1911 February 23, 1 volume
On spine: "NY&NE"
N.Y., N,H. & H. R.R. Midland, Western, and Shore Line Divisions. Reports cover Thompson to Danbury.
New York & New England R.R., 1911 February 27 - 1911 August 1, 1 volume
On spine: "NY&NE"
N.Y., N,H. & H. R.R. Midland and Western Divisions. Reports cover Thompson to Danbury.
New York & New Haven R.R., 1908 December 12 - 1911 July 26, 1 volume 79
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. Shore Line and New York Divisions. Reports cover New Haven to Greenwich.
New York, Providence & Boston R.R., 1911 November 7 - July 22, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. Worcester, Shore Line, and Providence Divisions. Reports mainly cover New London to Stonington.
Norwich & Worcester R.R., 1893 July 3 - 1911 August 2, 1 volume
New York & New England R.R.; New England R.R.; N.Y. N.H. & H. R.R Shore Line and Midland Divisions; Central Vermont Railway. Reports mainly cover Groton to Thompson.
Philadelphia, Reading & New England R.R., 1909 June 21 - 1911 August 7, 1 volume
On spine: "PR&NE"
Central New England Railway. Reports cover Hartford to Suffield and to Salisbury.
Shepaug R.R., 1903 May 12 - 1911 July 10, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. Berkshire, Naugatuck, and Western Divisions. Reports cover Hawleyville (Newtown) to Litchfield.
Shore Line Railway, 1904 September 6 - 1911 June 13, 1 volume
N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. Shore Line Division. Reports cover New Haven to Midway (Groton).
Series 10. Docket Maps, 1870-1912, Accession: 1986-025, 13 cubic feet
Numbered 1-737
Listing available at History & Genealogy Reference desk. These items are identified on the listing with the code "RRC". The listing also include maps, charts, and blueprints submitted post-1911 to the Public Utilities Commission as well as those removed from Series 3 and 5 during processing.
Series 11. Card Index Files, Accession: 1932-074, 5.5 cubic feet
Box
Subseries 11.1. Index to Board actions
Compiled from the indexes in Series 1, Record Books up to volume 41.
Accident - Connecticut Western R.R. 80
Crossing grade - Gowdy 81
Grade Crossings - Naugatuck R.R. Inspection 82
Naugatuck R.R., Order - NYNH&H R.R. Petition 83
NYNH&H R.R. Petition - Permit 84
Perry - Petition 85
Petition - Yudkin; plus miscellaneous matters 86
Subseries 11.2. Index to accidents
Compiled from the indexes in Series 1, Record Books up to volume 41, these cards list accident victims, 1853-1893, by surname with incident location, reporting railroad, and incident report date.
The information on these cards was used to create "Index to Accidents Reported to the Railroad Commissioners, 1858-1893" by Connecticut State Library staff in 1998. This index contains the 6,319 surnames in the card file with a large number listed under "U" for unknown. A copy of this index is available at the History & Genealogy reference desk.
Abel - Cavendish 87
Cestaro - Day 88
Deal - Hopson 89
Horan - Mazzucco 90
McAllister - Penfield 91
Percival - Sturgis 92
Sullivan - Zink 93
Subseries 11.3. Index to plans
Index includes plans submitted to the Board of Railroad Commissioners (RRC) and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
A listing of plans by town is available at the History & Genealogy reference desk.
RRC, street railway plans, by company 94
RRC, steam railroad plans, by company
PUC, all plans, by company, A - NYNH&H Co., Plan 720 95
PUC, all plans, by company, NYNH&H Co., Plan 722 - end 96
RRC, street railway plans, by town and village
RRC, steam railroad plans, by town and village, A - H
RRC, steam railroad plans, by town and village, K - W 97
PUC, all plans, by town and village, A - New Hartford
PUC, all plans, by town and village, New Haven - end 98
RRC, street railway plans, by street name/miscellaneous location
RRC, steam railroad plans, by street name/miscellaneous location 99
PUC, all plans, by street name/miscellaneous location, A - Church St.
PUC, all plans, by street name/miscellaneous location, Conduit - end; plus Subject File and miscellaneous plans 100
Series 12. Maps, 1881-1905, Accession: 1983-028
Maps of the railroads of Connecticut to accompany the report of the Railroad Commissioners, 1881, 1888-1890, 1893-1905, 17 items map case
Copies of 1894, 1895 are in StLib Spec Coll Maps, and 1906 is in StLib History Ref Map Case.