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Union StationThe Union Station, Willimantic, pictured in 1910. Willimantic was also widely known as the central rail hub of New England. All trains passed through here! During the 1890s, Willimantic became the only stop on the famed New England Air Line express between New York City and Boston -- a journey undertaken in just over four hours. Rudyard Kipling mentioned Willimantic in a poem. He often passed through the city en route from New York to Boston. This poem has been set to music by Connecticut's State Troubador, Sally Rogers on her CD, "Songs of the Heritage Corridor."
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Willimantic Railroad DepotThe Willimantic Railroad Depot building was also known as the Union station. It appears here in H. W. Rich's 1894 photograph. It was demolished shortly after the flood of 1955.
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Willimantic Depot 1929This beautiful photo of the Willimantic Station is from the TylerCityStation collection. The building with carts in front of it has a sign that says, "Baggage". Much more RR history can be found at . ( Photo used with permission of TylerCityStation Collection).
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First Day of Trolley - Ceremony in CoventryThis photo was taken at the dedication of the Coventry to Willimantic Trolley Line. The portly gentleman in the front ,holding a cigar is Dr. William Higgins, a Coventry doctor and legislator. Route 31 in Coventry is named after him.
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Willimantic DepotThis depot was actually the second depot built at Willimantic. The first was between the tracks and became quite unsafe. Read more about this and see a picture of the first depot under the title "Willimantic 1" at the following link :
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Bridge Street CrossingThis photo was taken in 1955 by photographer Charles Palmer, whose parents are in the shot, wearing coats. They are on the concrete island that "replaced" the station. The gallows signal is visible. Much more RR history can be found at . (Charles Palmer photo, Bob LaMay Collection - Photo used with permission of TylerCityStation Collection).
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"Camp Station" trolley stopThis was the Willimantic Traction Company’s trolley stop at “Camp Station”, the stop for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association. Joseph “Al” Beaulieu let us know that, “this stop was located at Rt 32 and Plain Road at the Camp Meeting Association entrance”.
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Trolley - 1935The Willimantic trolley car to Baltic leaving lower Main Street in April, 1935.
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Camp Meeting StationThe Willimantic Methodist Campground trolley car stop pictured in 1908
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Bridge Street Railroad DepotThis is the railroad depot just west of Bridge Street. It originally served the Quidnick-Windham mills. And, as Joseph "Al" Beaulieu points out, it was the Railway Express Station.
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1909 Trolley CrashThe December 1909 trolley car crash took place near Dugway Hill between Willimantic and South Windham. Fortunately their were no injuries amongst the passengers heading to Willimantic after a night shift at the Smith and Winchester factory. Note that this section of Route 32 had not been built yet.
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RR station in Lebanon This was the old New London Northern Railroad station in Lebanon
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William's CrossingButch Ives identifies the photo as, "Trolley Bridge at Williams Crossing. Present location would be at the Mushroom Factory. Roadway runs parallel with the Central Vermont Railroad tracks under the two bridge spans. Last trolley to Willimantic was i n 1938. Pic of the Week - March 15, 2012
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Franklin StationThe North Franklin Railroad Station. A February, 1899 newspaper article mentioned that it had just been “thoroughly repaired and is one of the neatest stations on the road”.
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