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Edward J. Brady collection


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Railroad Records

Technical Journal

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Edward J. Brady collection, 1897-2000 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson and Marcia Furman

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Collection Overview

Title: Edward J. Brady collection, 1897-2000Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Brady, Edward J. (1927-2001)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes


The materials are arranged in two series:

Series 1: Technical Journal.  Series 1 folder titles are directly from Brady's notebook and arranged according to Brady's title page.

Series 2: Railroad Records and Documentation, arranged in four subseries which are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Date Acquired: 01/01/2003

Subjects: New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, Railroads - History, Shepaug Railroad

Forms of Material: Business records, Correspondence, Drawings, Manuscripts, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

In the 1950s, Brady, an employee of what was then the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad (commonly referred to as the New Haven) and is now part of Amtrak, developed an interest in the Shepaug railroad branch. He acquired original New Haven records that provide detailed documentation of the crossings, bridges, and abutting structures. Records also document original rights of way and the New Haven's unsuccessful and successful petitions to abandon the line in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1973, Brady used these documents to write a description of the Shepaug branch, two copies of which are in the collection. There are also photographs, generally from the 1920s, of railroad crossings and structures.

Biographical Note

Edward J. Brady (1927-2001) retired as a supervisor of structures from Amtrak after 40 years of service to the New York, New Haven and Hartford, Penn Central, and Amtrak Railroads.

Subject/Index Terms

New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad
Railroads - History
Shepaug Railroad

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Robert C. Miller

Acquisition Method: Presumed to be a gift from Robert C. Miller.

Separated Materials: Large framed photographs are in the museum collections.

Related Materials:

New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Records

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

University of Connecticut


Preferred Citation: Edward J. Brady collection (2010-163-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 2: Railroad Records],
[Series 1: Technical Journal],

Series 2: Railroad RecordsAdd to your cart.

Both original and copies

Series 2 is housed in boxes 1, 2 and 3.

Sub-Series 1 is housed in box 1. It contains folders 1 - 17 and includes papers, engineer reports, court documents and correspondence. Sub-series 2 is housed in box 1. It contains folders 18 - 23 and includes stations engineer drawings. Sub-Series 3 is housed in box 3. It includes photographs, mileage crossings and bridge record cards. Sub-Series 4 is housed in box 4. It includes station and structures record cards.

Sub-Series 1: Railroad Record and Interstate Commerce Commission files, circa 1917 - 1952Add to your cart.
Railroad Records, Business Correspondences, Engineer Notebook and Interstate Commerce Commission files.
Folder 1: Abandonment Letters, 1948Add to your cart.
Typed letters regarding procedures, inquires and references to the abandonment of the line.
Folder 2: Abandonment of Line, Engineer NotebookAdd to your cart.

Notations and computations by AFE 38571, Association Facilities Engineering

Accounting Reports, Summary by accounts, details of property, tie plates, timber and pipes, etc. with notations

vs 57.65 Connection Line

vs 58.74 Main Track Line

Folder 3: Correspondences, 1951, 1952Add to your cart.
Typed letters regarding removal of tracks and steel bridge, scrap and salvaged material.
Folder 4: Equipment Completion Report, 1949Add to your cart.

New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co.

Form V. D. 82, Equipment Completion Report

V.S. 57.65 Connection at Hawleyville, 3 sheets

V.S. 58.74 Main Line, 13 sheets

Folder 5: General Data, 1937 - 1948Add to your cart.

28" x 19" foldout, Bethel (Hawleyville) to Litchfield

General Data: Bridge No., File Reference, Name of Crossing, Type of Bridge, Spands, Girders, Builder, Date built

Track Bridges: Span, Length, Type of deck

Highway O.H. Bridges: notations

Cost Data: Weight of steel, Cost


Folder 6: Interstate Commerce Commission, Proposed/Declined Abandonment, 1937 - 1938Add to your cart.

Notebook of correspondences, in regards to abandonment of various lines

New Milford Times article

Appendix A

Finance Docket No. 11608 - Application denied.

Application authorizing abandonment of the line - Return to Questionnaire. To The Interstate Commerce Commission.

Folder 7: Interstate Commerce Commission, Permitting Abandonment, 1948Add to your cart.

Petition for Order No. 925: Petition of Trustees for Authority to Abandon Two Segments of Lines of Principal Debtor

Finance Docket No. 15602, New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company Abandonment, last page is the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Folder 8: Mileage from Bethel to Litchfield, showing all crossingsAdd to your cart.


Hawleyville - Litchfield, page numbers 18 - 26

Page 18, starts in Bethel, mileage 0, and continues into Hawleyville, mileage 5.96.

Each crossing gives the mileage, physical type and type if private or other.

Page 26, ends in Litchfield with the last crossing at the 38.24 mile and is private.

Folder also contains an original, page #39 New Haven to Pittsfield

Folder 9: Mileage from Bethel to Litchfield, showing road crossingsAdd to your cart.

N.Y.N.H.& H.R.R.

Photocopies with notations

Mileage ZERO at Bethel. Direction NORTH

Each road crossing is listed with its name, mileage location and description of views at the location. Also includes the grade of the highway.

To the left of each crossing description is a small diagram of the crossing.

Folder 10: MiscellanousAdd to your cart.

Sheet #2 and #3, V.D. 98, Engineer notations, list of maintenance

July 9th 1898 Merger and other engineer notations.

Folder 11: Record of computations of capacity of bridges, July 6, 1917Add to your cart.

N.Y N.H.  H.R.R.

Division: Highland

Branch: Hawleyville - Litchfield

Description: Mileage number, when built, length, other remarks and notations

Capacity: Plotted diagram

Folder 12: Schedule of TitleAdd to your cart.

Form V.D. 18 6m 7-18


sheet #1 - #32

Folder 13: Statement of Expences of Operating The Line to be Abandoned, 1938Add to your cart.

Finance Docket No. 11608, Exhibit No. 6

Broken down into three catagories with explanation for the years 1932 - 1936:

Maintenance of Way and Structures, Maintenance of Equipment, and Transportation

Folder 14: Statement of Freight Cars and Tonnage by Principal Commodities, 1938Add to your cart.

Finance Docket No. 11608, Exhibit No. 4

Commodities originated and moved between points on the line and points beyond for the years 1932 - 1936.

Sixty two commodities are listed in alphabetical order from Apples - Wool.

Folder 15: Statement of Railway Operating Revenues, 1938Add to your cart.

Finance Docket No. 11608, Exhibit No. 5

Freight and Passenger Revenue for the years 1932 - 1936

Revenue totals from traffic handled locally between points on the line proposed to be abandoned.

Folder 16: Topographic MapsAdd to your cart.

U.S. Geological Survey

Sections of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut showing railroad lines.

Folder 17: Track diagram, Hawleyville to LitchfieldAdd to your cart.
Engineer drawings of stations track, includes main track and connection line to be abandoned.
Sub-Series 2: Stations Measured Drawings, 1897 - 1942Add to your cart.
Measured drawings of station grounds and disposition of Bantam, Litchfield, Morris, New Preston, Washington and other location drawings.
Folder 18: Bantam Station, 1899, 1902Add to your cart.

Engineer drawings:

Bantam Station Grounds and Vicinity, MCH. '02

Property 1/4 mile South of Bantam Station, Oct. '99

Folder 19: Litchfield Station, 1897Add to your cart.

Engineer drawings and photocopies:

Litchfield station and grounds

Plan showing proposed additional rods and timbers for turntable at Litchfield, Conn., Oct. 1897

Folder 20: Morris Station, 1900Add to your cart.

Engineer drawings, two sections:

Morris station grounds and vicinity

Land to be purchased of J.M. Bowen at Morris Station, and a photocopy

Folder 21: New Preston Station, 1942Add to your cart.

Engineer blueprint drawing

Right of way and track map showing tracks and buildings, dated 1932 and 1942

Folder 22: Washington Station, 1905Add to your cart.

Engineer drawings of Washington Station

Two drawings, includes station grounds and further up the line showing location of the Washington tunnel

Also two smaller photocopies

Folder 23: Other Blueprints, 1897 - 1901Add to your cart.

Map of line to be abandoned

Engineer drawings:

Masonry plan for proposed Iron Arch Culvert, 1/4 mile North of Hawleyville Station, (Culvert No. 1), Oct. 1897

Map showing where Watertown and Litchfield tramway proposes to cross at Lake Station, Feb. 1901

Sub-Series 3: Photographs, Crossing and Bridge Record Cards, 1922 - 1927, 1972Add to your cart.

Original Photographs and record cards (housed in Box 2)

Photographs of Right of Ways and buildings, No. 1 - No. 109

Mileage from Bethel Station to Litchfield listing all crossings, cards 18 - 26

Bridge record cards: C-14, original, C-14-A, renewed, and C-14-B, maintence

Bridge record cards data include bridge number, (usually as mileage marker), dates, length, work completed date, other data

Paint record cards

Sub-Series 4: Property Cards, 1906 - 1939Add to your cart.

Property cards with notations with From U 8 and Form 1611 - 1 (housed in Box 3).

Form U 8 original plans data of the stations structures and other stops, with notations if removed or destroyed by fire, engineer drawing on back.

Form 1611-1 similar to U 8 but notations that include retired or sold.

Detailed description of structures includes: locations, date built, type of heating, (stove model and manufacturer), lighting, (electric, kerosine, oil), toilets, (double privy, inside flush, dry vault), dimensions, type of roof and construction, other. A Bunk Car is noted in Litchfield of an old car body construction.

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