This presentation will cover the pioneering, hi-voltage AC electrification of the New Haven Railroad (NHRR) from its initial installation in 1907 to where it is today. This will include the power generation, distribution and the development of the NHRR's electric locomotives. The NHRR not only had to deal with its own power system, but also that of the New York Central which used DC over which the NH traveled on 12 miles to gain access to/from Grand Central Terminal.
Rick Abramson is a retired railroader with 44 years of service beginning with the New Haven Railroad in February 1968 and retiring as superintendent of operations for the Housatonic Railroad in September 2012. His career included the NHRR, Penn Central, Amtrak and several short-line railroads where he held many positions including locomotive engineer.
Along with being a professional railroader, he also enjoys HO Scale model railroading and has an extensive HO scale New Haven Railroad layout - complete with all the overhead wires.
Oliver Wolcott Library
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