Friday, March 17, 2017
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Original Montrealer/Washingtonian Route
The Montrealer/Washingtonian was named for the two cities the train served; Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Quebec. This once popular corridor required five different railroads to complete the journey which included (from north to south) the Canadian National, Central Vermont, Boston & Maine, New Haven, Pennsylvania Railroad. This, of course, was during an era of far more civilized travel, predating the airliner, and the trains provided first-class services during a trip that usually required around half a day to complete. Inaugurated a few years before the Great Depression the Montrealer/Washingtonian would close out long-distance international rail travel in New England when both were discontinued during the mid-1960s.
The Montrealer pulling into the Holyoke rail station in the early 1960s. The depot station was designed by famed Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Passenger trains stopped there until 1967, although the Montrealer would run through Holyoke until 1972. (Seminole Bailey Archive)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Mt.Tom Railroad - Circa 1902
Workers installing wire take a break to pose for this picture along the Holyoke Street Railway trolley line between Northampton and Holyoke in the early 1900s. In the background is Mt.Nonotuck. (Seminole Bailey Archives)
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Mt.Tom - Whiting Street Reservoir - early 1900s
A family poses for a picture on the cliffs of Mt.Tom around 1915. This photo was taken near the Tea Pavilion on the east side of the mountain with the Summit House in the background.
A wide angle view of the Mt.Tom Summit House just above the Tea Pavilion on the east side of the Mt.Tom summit. The stone foundation of the house still stands, part of the radio communications building.
Looking southwest towards Ashley Reservoir from the western cliffs of Mt.Tom.
The basalt cliffs on the west side of Mt.Tom just below the MM Trail of the Mt.Tom Range.
A southwest view of Mt.Tom with Whiting Street Reservoir in the foreground taken from Mountain Park near the trolley line to Lower Station in the early 1900s. (Photos courtesy of the Seminole Bailey Archive)