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Seashore Tours

September 1st, 2001

The Seashore Tours were seasonal summer-only tours, operated out of Boston and Providence, to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Seashore Tours were all expense paid vacation packages which included train, bus, and steamship transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and guided sight-seeing tours. A number of package tour plans were available, from three to seven days duration, to one or more destinations on Cape Cod and the islands. The Seashore Tours were administered out of the New Haven Railroad Travel Bureau in Boston's South Station. When the trustees shut down the Travel Bureaus in Boston and New York City during the summer of 1961, that was the end of the Seashore Tours. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

1951During 1951, when this Seashore Tours folder was distributed, tour trains departed Boston's South Station to Cape Cod every day from June 16th through September 1st.  Trains ran to Hyannis or Woods Hole. At Woods Hole, connections were made with steamships which continued on to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

The first Seashore Tours folder to incorporate the McGinnis administration's new image colors and 'NH' logo was this example, printed during June 1955. The cover of this folder was designed by Norman Ives, a Yale University art professor who helped graphic designer/photographer Herbert Matter create new image advertising material for the New Haven Railroad throughout 1955.1955

1957This Seashore Tours folder dates from the summer of 1957. By this time, the New Haven Railroad was running Seashore Tours from June 7th through September 13th. Note the hole at the top of this folder, it was meant to be suspended from a string or hook like a single sheet tear-off.

In July 1961, the New Haven Railroad went bankrupt for the second (and final) time in its corporate history. The trustees quickly abolished the Travel Bureaus in South Station and Grand Central Terminal as a cost-cutting move, bringing the Seashore Tours to an end. This folder from 1960 plugged the last full Seashore Tour season.1960 Front

1960 BackHere's the back cover of the 1960 Seashore Tours folder shown above. The back cover presented general tour information (schedules are in daylight savings time, tickets are only good in accordance with the itinerary, tour rates are quoted from Boston and Providence, etc.) and gave the addresses and telephone numbers for the Travel Bureau at Boston's South Station and the General Passenger Agent at Providence Union Station.


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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