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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Seabreeze Route

Back in 1905 the Shore Line Electric Railway received a charter from the State of Connecticut to build and operate a trolley line from Stony Creek to Ivoryton. Along its route it would connect the communities of Stony Creek, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook and follow the Connecticut River to Ivoryton. Five years later the Seabreeze Route was in operation.

At its peak the Shore Line Electric system boasted over one hundred cars and ran on 250 miles of track.

Power came from overhead feed lines which could run up to two connected cars at once. The cars used on the line used twice the amount of power as typical city trolleys so the cars of the Shore Line Electric Railway were capable of speeds up...


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