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System Timetables

April 1st, 1998

Here is a selection of New Haven Railroad system timetables used between 1900 and 1968. System timetables presented the New Haven Railroad's main line and branch line passenger train schedules. The New Haven Railroad also published 'condensed' timetables which listed main line train schedules, 'local' timetables listing commuter and branch line passenger train schedules and also books of freight train schedules. Advertising materials from the collection of Marc Frattasio. All images have been reproduced at approximately 10% actual size.

1902 TimetableThis 1902 system timetable is typical of the main line schedules published by the New Haven Railroad during the latter years of the 19th Century and during the first decade of the 20th Century. At this time, the New Haven Railroad split its operations into 'Lines West' and 'Lines East', with the dividing line at New London, Ct. Separate passenger schedules were published for 'Lines East' and 'Lines West'. This is a 'Lines West' timetable. Early New Haven Railroad timetables, such as this one, were often printed on rag paper and when found today can be in surprisingly good condition.

Here is a 'Lines West' timetable from 1915. This timetable is typical of New Haven Railroad passenger schedules published between 1910 and the late 1920s. At this time, the New Haven Railroad used a poor quality paper with a very high acid content for its timetables. Consequently, surviving timetables from this period are often brittle and discolored. The so-called 'script' logo, which was prominently used on the covers of New Haven Railroad timetables during the first three decades of the 20th Century, was designed by General Passenger Agent C. T. Hemp in 1891. 1915 Timetable

1928 TimetableBy the late 1920s the New Haven Railroad had dropped enough passenger trains that its passenger train schedules could be printed in one timetable. Thus, the old 'Lines West' and 'Lines East' timetables became a thing of the past, replaced by a combined timetable known as 'Form 200'. This Form 200 timetable from 1928 has artwork of New Haven Railroad boxcab electrics and an I-4 class steam locomotive on its cover.

This Form 200 timetable from 1930 features artwork advertising the New Haven Railroad's famous 'Yankee Clipper' train. Each parlor car on the 'Yankee Clipper' of this era was named after a New England Clipper Ship. The 'Yankee Clipper' and 'Merchants Limited' were the most exclusive passenger trains operated by the New Haven Railroad between Boston and New York City. 1930 Timetable

1935 TimetableFor a brief time during the mid 1930s the New Haven Railroad used this unusual art-deco style artwork cover on Form 200 timetables. This New Haven Railroad timetable was published during the spring of 1935. The text on the cover of this timetable advertises the 'Yankee Clipper' and the 'Merchants Limited'.

The art-deco experiment did not stand the test of time and more conventional railroad themes returned to the New Haven Railroad's system timetables in 1936. The cover of this Form 200 timetable features an I-4 class steam locomotive hauling a train of heavyweight passenger cars. 1936 Timetable

1939 TimetableThe New Haven Railroad purchased ten streamlined steam locomotives from the Baldwin Locomotive Works during 1937. These I-5 class locomotives were the pride of the New Haven Railroad's passenger fleet during the late 1930s and were prominently featured on timetables and other passenger service advertising material through the first half of the 1940s. This Form 200 timetable was printed during 1939.

The New Haven Railroad's I-5 streamlined steam locomotives were bumped off the Form 200 timetables by streamlined electric and diesel locomotives in the immediate postwar era. On the front cover of this 1946 timetable is a General Electric EP-4 electric and on the back is an Alco/GE DL-109 diesel. The DL-109s, which were delivered during the Second World War, were used in passenger service during the day and in freight service at night.
1946 Front Cover 1946 Back Cover

1948 Timetable Front 1948 Timetable Back
By 1948 the diesel was understood to be the locomotive of the future. Thus, we now see the DL-109 in the position of honor on the front cover of the New Haven Railroad's system timetables. Note the short lived orange and green 'pinstripe' livery on the DL-109 and EP-4 locomotives and the postwar Pullman Standard streamlined passenger cars. This timetable cover design was used on Form 200 through 1954 but only the first one, dated September 26th 1948, had a full color cover.

In late 1954 president Patrick B. McGinnis hired Herbert Matter, a famous Swiss born photographer and graphic designer, to design a new corporate logo and corporate colors for the New Haven Railroad. This logo was used on Form 200 system timetables starting in April 1955. This cover design was used through the mid 1960s with the red color alternating with blue and green to indicate seasonal train schedule changes. This Form 200 system timetable was published during the spring of 1956. 1956 Timetable

1968 TimetableThe New Haven Railroad dumped Herbert Matter's 1955 Form 200 system timetable design in favor of this one which featured an EMD FL-9 diesel-electric-electric locomotive. The FL-9s could operate as DC third rail electrics when in the vicinity of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. This eliminated the need to change locomotives at New Haven, Ct. This same timetable cover design was used up until the end of the New Haven Railroad's corporate existence on January 1st, 1969. In fact, this in the last New Haven Railroad Form 200 system timetable. White covers alternated with red to indicate seasonal train schedule changes.


March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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