Manuscript Record Book of the Directors of the Worcester and Norwich Railroad Company, 1835-1836

small quarto, 20 pages plus blanks, bound in original ¼ red leather and paper covered boards, spine chipped and worn, front cover detached but present, minutes recorded in a very neat, legible hand, very good.

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Though slight, this volume contains the minutes of the directors meetings of this early New England Railroad. The line was chartered and incorporated in the state of Massachusetts, in 1833 and opened for business in 1840. During construction, the line cut a tunnel through solid granite in the town of Lisbon, the first of its kind in America.

        The line was originally constructed to convey both passengers and cargo from Norwich, Connecticut to Worcester, Massachusetts. The trip by rail saved two days in travel by time than the usual route around Cape Cod by boat to Boston and then on to Worcester.

      Control of the line was acquired by a number of companies over the years including the Boston, Hartford and Erie Railroad, 1869; the New York and New England Railroad 1873; the New England Railroad Company, 1896; the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, 1898; Penn Central, 1969; and Conrail in 1976.