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New Haven Rail Yard, Freight Car Shop, Vicinity of Union Avenue , New Haven, New Haven County, CT



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Location
Vicinity of Union Avenue, New%2525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BHaven, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CT-160-D
Building/structure dates: 1888 initial construction
Significance: The Freight Car Shop recalls the importance of the New Haven Rail Yard in the late nineteenth century, when it was the principal shop facility for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Like other large railroads in the period, the New Haven built much of its rolling stock (other than passenger cars) in its own shops. The building's function is reflected in its form, in which large openings in the ends accommodated four parallel tracks. Originally, connecting tracks and a transfer table integrated the Freight Car Shop with the machine shop located just to the north and the paint shop to the west. From a building technology viewpoint, the pinned roof trusses are of interest as an archaic form that was quickly superceded by riveted trusses.

Related Names
New York, New Haven And Hartford Railroad


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
NORTH ELEVATION AND PART OF EAST ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST.
NORTH AND WEST ELEVATIONS, CAMERA FACING SOUTH.
SOUTH ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING NORTHEAST.
DETAIL OF ARCHED ENTRANCE, NOW FILLED IN, NORTH ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST.
DETAIL OF TYPICAL WINDOW (WEST ELEVATION), CAMERA FACING SOUTHEAST.
INTERIOR, OVERVIEW, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST.
DETAIL OF LOWER CHORD CONNECTION, ROOF TRUSS, CAMERA FACING SOUTH.
DETAIL OF TIMBER LONGITUDINAL BRACING FOR TRUSSES, CAMERA FACING SOUTHEAST.


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