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The Snow Trains
January 1st, 1998
The New Haven
Railroad operated the first Snow Trains in the USA during the
winter of 1935 and continued to operate them for many years
afterwards. The New Haven's Snow Trains, trains like the 'Ski
Meister' and 'Snow Train Jr.', took skiiers from New York City to
hills and mountains in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Once at the ski area, the train functioned as a ski lodge, the
railroad providing dining car service and often even furnishing a
baggage car as a ski shop. Advertising materials from the
collection of Marc Frattasio. All images have been reproduced at
approximately 10% actual size.
1939 Snow Train brochure.
This exact format (with different colors) was used from
1935 up until the about the US entry into the Second World
The 'Ski Meister' was one
of several special Snow Trains operated by the New Haven
Railroad during the winter months of the 1930s and 1940s.
The 'Ski Meister' was a weekend train which was jointly operated
with the Boston & Maine Railroad to serve ski areas
located in New Hampshire and Vermont. This is a New Haven
Railroad postcard that you could mail home to friends from
whatever ski resort the 'Ski Meister' happened to drop you
This New Haven Railroad
ticket envelope from the late 1930s featured an
advertisement for the Snow Trains on its cover. The New
Haven Railroad often put advertisements of various kinds
on the covers of its ticket envelopes.
Late 1930s brochure for
the New Haven Railroad's 'Snow Train Jr'. The 'Snow Train Jr.' was
a one-day train which operated to Canaan, Ct. from Grand Central Terminal
on Saturdays. It was a special Snow Train which was geared towards
families with small children.
1942 Snow Train brochure.
The 1942 Snow Train season was cancelled on account of
the Second World War. Snow Trains did not start running again
until January 1946 because of the need to retain passenger cars
for use in troop trains. Note the artwork of the New Haven
Railroad's famous Baldwin I-5 class streamlined Hudson steam
locomotive. The New Haven owned 10 of these fine looking locomotives
and they were the pride of the passenger fleet during the
late 1930s and early 1940s.