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Providence Union Station Gate Signs

June 1st, 2006

Gate signs were used at the larger passenger stations on the New Haven Railroad to indicate train departure times and stops en-route to boarding passengers. Roll-down/up gate signs painted on fabric were used at Boston's South Station, Back Bay, and at New York's Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station. Several of these fabric gate signs can be seen on-line here. A different type of gate sign, made of sheet metal, was used at New Haven, CT. An example of this type of sign can be seen here.

Yet another type of gate sign was used by the NHRR at the Union Station in Providence, RI. These signs were made of Masonite, they were 29 inches long by 11 1/2 inches high, and they were suspended from hooks placed through two holes positioned along their top edge. According to people familiar with the operations at Providence, the signs were suspended from hooks in the passageways under the tracks that led from the station building to the platforms to indicate which track the train was coming in on. Here are several Providence gate signs from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Murray Hill Here's a gate sign for the eastbound Murray Hill, Train #8. The Murray Hill ran from New York's Grand Central Terminal to Boston's South Station.
Here's a gate sign for the eastbound Gilt Edge, Train #28, which also ran from Grand Central Terminal to South Station. The Gilt Edge was the oldest named passenger train on the NHRR. It also had a connection, Train #28-86, that took passengers up the Springfield Line from New Haven, CT to Springfield, MA. Gilt Edge
The Puritan Train #20, the Puritan, also ran from Grand Central Terminal to South Station. Most of the NH's named passenger trains were actually two trains with the same name and different numbers, one train running in each direction between Boston and New York City. The Puritan was unusual in that there was no train named Puritan running from Boston to New York.
Gate signs were not restricted to name trains only. Here's an example from a lowly local train that made all the stops on the historic B&P line between Providence and Boston. Local Train
Narragansett The Narragansett, Train #4, was unusual. It actually began in the 1930s as a coach train that ran overnight from New York to Boston. Originally, the economy-minded passengers who rode the Narragansett were given pillows so they could sleep in their seats. In later years, the Narragansett had sleeping cars as well as coaches.
Here's a gate sign for the eastbound Commander, Train #46, which ran between New York's Grand Central Terminal and Boston's South Station. Commander
The Patriot Here's a sign for the eastbound Patriot, Train #171, which ran from Washington D.C. to Boston via Penn Station, the Hell Gate Bridge, and connections with the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The eastbound (northbound?) State of Maine, Train #124, ran from Washington D.C. to Bangor, ME via connections with the Pennsylvania, Boston & Maine, and Maine Central railroads. The State of Maine
The Bostonian The aptly named Bostonian, Train #14, ran from New York's Grand Central Terminal to Boston's South Station.
The Neptune ran between New York's Grand Central terminal and Cape Cod points during the summer months. The train was split at Buzzards Bay, MA with one section going to Woods Hole and the other going to Hyannis. This operation was reversed for the trip back to New York. The Neptune
The Colonial The eastbound Colonial, Train #174, ran from Washington D.C. to Boston via New York's Penn Station and the Hell Gate Bridge in cooperation with the PRR.


May 2006: Beverage Stands

April 2006: The Strawberry Special

March 2006: The Electric Locomotive Parade

February 2006: New Haven Union Station Gate Signs

January 2006: EF-3 Logo Plate

December 2005: Happy Holidays from the NHRHTA!

November 2005: Wall Calendars

October 2005: Step Boxes

September 2005: Birthday Cards from George Alpert

August 2005: Honorary Engineer Cards

July 2005: New Equipment Brochures #6

June 2005: New Equipment Brochures #5

May 2005: New Equipment Brochures #4

April 2005: New Equipment Brochures #3

March 2005: New Equipment Brochures #2

February 2005: New Equipment Brochures #1

January 2005: Happy Birthday to the NH Logo!

December 2004: Railroad Telephone Directories

November 2004: Dining Car Department Manuals

October 2004: New Haven Railroad Gate Signs

September 2004: Freight Station Signs

August 2004: Early Menu Covers

July 2004: Menu Covers of the 1930s Era

June 2004: Menu Covers of the 1940s Era

May 2004: The "Photomatic" Photo Machines

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

August 2003: Travel Folders #2

July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

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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