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Along the Valley Line
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The Connecticut Valley Railroad once carried both passengers and freight along the west bank of the Connecticut River between Hartford and Old Saybrook. Completed in 1871, today the railroad is known throughout New England for the nostalgic steam-powered excursion trains that run on a portion of the line between Essex and Chester. Until now the history of this popular tourist attraction has been the stuff of local lore and legend. This book, written by railroad historian and former vice president and director of Valley Railroad, Max R. Miller, provides the first comprehensive history of the Connecticut Valley Railroad through maps, ephemera, and archival photographs of the trains, bridges, and scenery surrounding the line. Offering tales of train wrecks, ghost sightings, booms and busts, Along the Valley Line will be treasured by railroad enthusiasts and historians alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Chapter 1 Events Leading Up to the Construction of the Railroad
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter 2 The Business of Building the Railroad
  2. pp. 11-48
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  1. Chapter 3 Operation of the Connecticut Valley Railroad
  2. pp. 49-66
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  1. Chapter 4 Connecticut Valley Railroad’s Locomotives and Rolling Stock
  2. pp. 67-70
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  1. Chapter 5 The Springfield to Old Saybrook Route
  2. pp. 71-74
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  1. Chapter 6 The End of the Connecticut Valley Railroad and on to the Hartford & Connecticut Valley Railroad
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. Chapter 7 Train Wrecks and Accidents
  2. pp. 79-88
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  1. Chapter 8 The Competition: Boats, Cast Iron Wheels and Rubber Tires
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. Chapter 9 Abandonment of Service and New Charters
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. Chapter 10 Washouts
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. Chapter 11 The Valley Railroad’s Chinese Locomotive No. 1647
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. Chapter 12 The Valley Line on the Big Screen
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. Appendix 1 Along the Connecticut Valley Line: Timeline and Track Stats
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. Appendix 2 Connecticut Valley & Springfield Railroad Schedule, 1876
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 129-130
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 131-144
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