Central Vermont Railway Volume 3 By Robert Jones SIGNED
The Central Vermont Railway Volume 3 By Robert Jones SIGNED 191 Pages
HArd Cover with a plastic covering. Title page is partially loose.
Providence. Rhode Island-a seaport and New England's second largest metropolitan area-was served by only one railroad, and some of its citizens felt that this service was not adequate for a city of its size and means. Consequently when Hays approached the city fathers of Providence to discuss the possibility of building a branch of the Central Vermont into their city and a connecting steamship line to New York City, he was welcomed with open arms. The people of Providence were enthusiastic about the idea, and they offered to provide new wharves, as well as storage and handling facilities, in the dock area.
This, of course, was just what Hays wanted to hear, so he and his agents set to work doing the required paper work. In 1910 he applied to the State of Rhode Island for a charter to build 27.01 miles of railroad from the Massachusetts border to Providence. The charter was quickly granted to the Southern New England Railway Company on April 12, 1910.
Simultaneously, the same activities were taking place in Massachusetts, and a charter was granted on August 3, 1911, to the Southern New England Railroad for the purpose of constructing a railroad from Palmer to the Massachusetts-Rhode Island state line, a distance of 58.13 miles. At Palmer, it was planned that the new road would interchange with both the Central Vermont and the Boston 82 Albany.
A right of way was acquired for the entire line without undue difficulty, and construction started in both states in May, 1912. The Grand Trunk advanced the Central Vermont $4,720282 for this project, a concrete indication of that road's support of the planned expansion into new markets. Hays commissioned the Wilmington, Delaware shipbuilding firm of Harlan 8: Hollingsworth to design and build two first class passenger steamers. They were named the "Manhattan" and the "Narragansett" and they were identical in every respect. Both were completed and ready for service in 1913.
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