Trains to come alive in lecture
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#1 Feb 22, 2010
My family lived in Pittsfield from 1954-1958 and I well remember Pittsfield Union Station which was quite spectacular, marble and granite - I understand that the City Fathers (foolishly) decided to tear it down years ago to make room for a supermarket. My best friend's father was a freight agent for the New Haven Railroad (the Berkshire sub-division is now the Housatonic Railroad) and we spent a morning at the freight house to the south and west of Union station near Crescent Creamery. I don't recall that there was much, if any. freight to load or unload. I do remember a small roundhouse and turntable. During the 1950's the New Haven still provided passenger service to New York City; on my trips south there were seldom more than two or three passengers until Danbury was reached. If these recollections are of interest, please feel free to forward them on to the lectureres quoted in your article. Many thanks.
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