Trains, Trolleys & Transportation

Trains, Trolleys & Transportation (HM1CLS)

Location: Danbury, CT 06810 Fairfield County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 23.736', W 73° 27.231'

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- The Museum in the Streets -

— Danbury, Connecticut —

On March 1, 1852, the first train on the tracks of the Danbury & Norwalk Railroad pulled into the Main Street depot, located on the site of the present Post Office. The venture consisted of three locomotives, six passenger cars, twenty-four freight cars and three handcars.
With two trains arriving daily, connecting to points north and south, it brought with it the means for the city to become a viable economic powerhouse in the region. The hatting industry flourished as goods were more easily shipped around the country and throughout the world.
At certain points, Danbury was also a junction for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, transported passengers to connect with the Housatonic and Shepaug lines, and catered to those traveling on the New York & New England as well as the Central New England lines.
Danbury became home to a thriving trolley system in the late 1800s and took passengers to exotic locations like Kenosia Park and Bethel for mere pennies. Eventually the trolley system became too cumbersome to maintain and expand. It was replaced by a modern bus system.
In 1903, the Danbury Union Station opened on White Street. The new station could accommodate more traffic and enhance travel options. Several scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 film Strangers on a Train were shot in and around Danbury Union Station.
In 1993, extensive work went into the preservation and reconstruction of the historic structure now home to the Danbury Railway Museum. The Old Danbury Station and the original turntable are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Marker Number6
Placed ByDanbury Museum & Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 11:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629254 N 4583827
Decimal Degrees41.39560000, -73.45385000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.736', W 73° 27.231'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 44.16" N, 73° 27' 13.86" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 270 Main St, Danbury CT 06810, US
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