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The Berkshire Line

June 1st, 2003

One of the most popular vacation travel destinations on the New Haven Railroad was the Berkshire Hills area of western Connecticut and Massachusetts. This scenic and rustic territory, which was ideal for outdoor sports such as skiing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, etc., was served by the New Haven's Berkshire Line, which diverged off the Shore Line Route main line at Norwalk, Connecticut and ran to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The New Haven ran many passenger trains over the Berkshire Line from New York City to Pittsfield, particularly on weekends, through the end of its corporate existence. Here we have a selection of New Haven Railroad advertising folders for the Berkshire Line dating from the mid to late 1930s and early 1940s. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Berkshire Line This Berkshire Line folder from the summer of 1935 depicts a couple paddling a canoe along the Housatonic River, which closely paralleled the railroad north of New Milford, Connecticut. The New Haven operated special "Hobby Trains" that took people for canoe and fold-boat excursions along the Housatonic River.
This Berkshire Line folder dates from the fall of 1935. The folder promoted taking the New Haven's trains to Danbury, New Milford, Kent, West Cornwall, Canaan, Sheffield, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, Lenox, and Pittsfield where the colorful autumn foliage could be viewed from a number of well-marked hiking trails. Berkshire Line
The Berkshire Line This Berkshire Line folder dates from May 1937. It provides the schedules for the Berkshire Express and the Housatonic Express, which operated between New York's Grand Central Terminal and Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
This Berkshire Line folder dates from June 1939. It contains schedules for the Berkshire Express and the Housatonic Express and also describes some of the places and recreational activities that could be found at that time in the towns along the Berkshire Line. The Berkshire Line
The Berkshire Line This Berkshire Line folder dates from June 1940. The New Haven operated special Cycle Trains to various destinations along the Berkshire Line. Such trains were not only equipped with baggage cars to carry bicycles owned by passengers but the railroad also made arrangements to have rental bicycles made available for those persons who either did not own a bicycle or who did not wish to take the trouble to bring one with them.


May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

February 2003: Sleeping Car Service

January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

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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