Postal History - Railroad Post Offices
Providence & Worchester Railroad Cover with RPO
Providence and Worcester Railroad
was chartered in 1844. The length of the road between
Providence and Worcester was 43.5 miles and the length between
Worcester and Boston was 44.65 miles.
The Providence and
Worcester Railroad merged with the Blackstone Canal and the
Boston & Providence Railroads in 1859 with a leased line from
Milford to Woonsocket.
The Railroad was leased
to the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company on
December 17, 1892 for a period of 99 years.
There were over 100
small independent Railroad Companies operating in the New
England and New York areas during the mid to late 19th
century. Most of these small roads were consolidated with the
New Haven Railroad Company.
In 1964, after
graduating from Navy Boot-camp, I returned to Rhode Island by
rail. The last part of the trip was on board the New Haven
Railroad departing at their Kingston station on Route 138.