Greenwich Library | Local History & Genealogy Programs http://www.greenwichlibrary.org http://www.greenwichlibrary.org/images/greenwichtree.jpg Greenwich Library http://www.greenwichlibrary.org Local History & Genealogy Programs at Greenwich Library. en-us http://greenwichlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=31191&lib=0Electrification of the New Haven Railroad<b>When:</b> Saturday, March 05, 2016 2:00 PM<br /><b>Where:</b> Greenwich Library at Meeting Room<br /><br />Retired railroad employee Rick Abramson returns to discuss how the electrification of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad made travel by rail more efficient and attractive. In 1907, the first electrified train service opened between Stamford and Woodlawn NY. It was extended to New Haven in 1914. It's unusual design included an overhead triangular catenary (hanging wire) which provided the electricity. In 1982, the wire structure was designated a National Historical Engineering Landmark. Since age 6, Rick Abramson had been fascinated with trains, both real and model. His dream of working for the railroad came true in February of 1968 when he was hired by the New Haven Railroad, holding a variety of positions over the years such as freight agent, station supervisor, locomotive engineer, train dispatcher and superintendent. Abramson recently retired as Superintendent of Operations for the Housatonic Railroad in Canaan, CT. Rick is an avid model railroad hobbyist. His models are known for their detail and accuracy. He attends many model train events in New England, and has written for many hobby magazines. Registration is required. An online registration form is attached to this page. Otherwise, please call (203) 622-7948 to register.