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Train Service Cancellation Posters

September 1st, 2000

During the late 1950s and early 1960s the financially troubled New Haven Railroad abolished many passenger trains. The traveling public had to be notified of all changes in train service and this was accomplished by means of posters which were displayed at stations along the affected lines. All posters from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Old Colony LinesHere is the famous notice which was posted at stations in the Boston area during the last week of June 1959 to inform passengers that all train service on the Greenbush, Middleboro, and Plymouth lines would be abolished effective June 30th.

This poster demonstrates the typical use of the NH logo on train service discontinuance posters printed during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Note that the railroad's full corporate name (The New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company) is spelled out at the top of this poster.Waterbury - Springfield

ScheduleAlthough most posters only provided a text explanation of the train service to be cancelled, some of them, like the one shown at left, presented the affected train schedules. This seems to have been done when only some trains on a line were abolished, rather than the entire passenger train service.

This train service cancellation poster from January 1960 shows a alternate form of the McGinnis NH logo in which the logo is enclosed within a colored square.Square Logo

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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

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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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