Lordship Railway Company

May 13, 1914: HEARING OF LORDSHIP PARK ASSOCIATION AND THE WILKENDA LAND COMPANY FOR PERMISSION TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE AN ELECTRIC RAILWAY: At a meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bridgeport held May 4, 1914 the following resolution was adopted: Resolved: That the clerk be and hereby is directed to notify the persons in interest to appear before this Common Council at the Council Room, City Hall on the 18th day of May 1914 at 8 pm and be heard in relation to the petition of the Lordship Park Association and the Wilkenda Land Company for permission to construct and operate an electric railway upon and along Hollister Avenue.

February 20, 1915: WORK BEGUN ON LINE TO LORDSHIP PARK: Announcement was made this morning by the Wilkenda Land Company owners of Lordship Manor that the proposed trolley line from their Casino on the shores of the fine residential section they are building on the Stratford shores to Hollister Avenue in the city of Bridgeport is now to become an actual fact and that work has already been started by the contractors, Fred T. Ley Company of Springfield, Mass. The company will build this road at an approximate expense of $60,000 and expect to have it completed by May 20th. It is hoped that the Connecticut Company will operate it. Through a tentative proposition to that company submitted to the five trustees was recently rejected, a counter proposition submitted by the Connecticut Company is now before the officials of the Wilkenda Land Company and it is definitely expected and nearly assured that the Connecticut Company will operate the line upon completion. It is practically settled that the Connecticut Company will furnish power and operate the road according to the land officials today.

March 11, 1915 - LORDSHIP PARK TROLLEY TO BE READY MAY 20: That the new trolley line to Lordship Park operated by a private corporation entirely independent from the Connecticut Company would be ready for service on May 20, was the statement made today by a representative of the Wilkenda Land Company promoters of Lordship Park. Steps are now being taken to induce the Connecticut Company to furnish power for the new line. The work on the construction of the new line is now going on with a force of men busy building five bridges necessary to carry the tracks over the small streams that run between Stratford Avenue and the park. The largest of these is Johnsons Creek. The Wilkenda Companys representative could give no information regarding the transfer privilege being granted by the Connecticut Company, save that the matter had not yet been taken up with them. He said that the company awaited action on the bill before the Legislature which would require connecting lines to issue transfer over one anothers lines. The Lordship Park line will be about three miles long, a single track road. It is being built largely for the summer colony at the park, which numbers something over 1,000 persons. Three cars will be operated on the line, which will begin with a half-hourly service as soon as the line is completed.


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March 1915: LORDSHIP TROLLEY LINE WILL SOON BE IN OPERATION TO THE SHORE: John Kentworthy was the happiest man in Bridgeport last Friday except perhaps C. H. Davis and the other officials of the Wilkenda Land Company and the incorporators of the new Lordship company as he was accorded the privilege of swinging the big ledge and driving the first spike in the rails that will soon direct the course of trolley cars from Stratford and Hollister Avenues to the shores of Long Island Sound terminating at old Lordship Park. The erection of the trolley line for which a charter was secured in the 1913 session of the legislature has been delayed by the federal inquiry into the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and its subsidiaries as it was hoped arrangements could be made to have the Connecticut Company operate the line as an extension to their present lines. This plan was abandoned last fall and a new company is now organized which will be known as the Lordship Company with the following well known Bridgeporters as incorporators: Walter Lasher, American Chain Company; Fred Bartlett, attorney and state senator; L.H. Corbit, photographer and John Kentworthy, general manager of the Wilkenda Land Company. The Lordship Company which is a close corporation has no stock for sale and will comprise the above named and about a dozen other substantial Bridgeport men will have a capital of $500,000 all common stock and fully paid in. The new company will have control of all transportation lines; will also take title to forty acres of land at Lordship Park fronting on the shore where several bath houses are to be erected. Mr. Kentworthy stated last week that the Lordship Company had also been granted the hotel and café privileges at Lordship. The construction is being done by the T.F. Ley Company of Springfield and must be in readiness by May 1. The line will be single track and runs through Hollister Avenue from Stratford Avenue and passing the East End Coal Company’s yards and thence across the meadows, a distance of two miles on the road erected and owned jointly by the Stratford Land and Improvement Association and the Lordship Company terminating at Lordship Manor on the waterfront. Three cars will be used this year which will provide service about every fifteen minutes to and from the shore. A car barn is to be erected on Hollister Avenue. At the present writing Hollister Avenue is all torn up, the ties and tracks are temporarily in place while the five new bridges at various points on the meadows are about completed. Ties and rails are distributed along the entire length of the road and will be put in place as rapidly as possible. The new bridges are about thirty feet wide and provide ample roadway with the trolley tracks at the right side and a foot path on the extreme right. The completion of this road as well as the other plans of the Lordship Company means the opening of an ideal shore resort but a few minutes from town and it will be conducted along broad, democratic lines, but will always be a real family resort as upwards of 100 families now make Lordship and vicinity their summer abode. With the advent of the trolley and other attractions this population will multiply rapidly especially in the summer. Of course the trolley means too that hundreds of people will buy and build year round homes as the lack of transportation has long been the only drawback. This new line should also see a marked advance in the value of property along the meadows and will doubtless mean the erection of many cottages on the land of the Stratford Land and Improvement Company. The trolley will certainly mean a considerable increase in the Stratford tax list, not alone for the buildings incidental to the operation, but also the large number of homes; all of which automatically increase the value of the surrounding plots and automatically too, increases the town tax list. Stratford should vote Mr. Davis and Mr. Kentworthy and their associates as vote of thanks as it is largely through their indomitable courage and stick-to-it-iveness that this long hard fight is now brought to a successful culmination.

March 28, 1915: LORDSHIP TROLLEY PROGRESSING FAST: The trolley line which is being constructed by the James T. Ley Co. of Springfield, Mass from Stratford and Hollister Avenues to Lordship Manor on the Sound, is being crowded to the last ounce of steam. The contract calls for the completion of the line (ready for operation) not contractors are determined to finish well with the specified time. Over a hundred laborers are on the job, the bridges (five of them) are about finished while the road for almost its entire length is torn up and the ties and tracks are in place. Anyone familiar with the territory traversed by the new trolley would be startled by the changed appearance of the road which is now impassible. The new line will be a boon to residents of Lordship and will open this beautiful shore property to the people at large. The trolley means considerable building activity and a consequent increase in realty values. The contemplated bath houses and other amusements will also improve values and popularize Lordship as a shore resort.

April 20, 1915 - LORDSHIP LINE TROLLEY CARS TO BE READY SOON: It was learned today that the cars for the Lordship Park Line were shipped Saturday from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to New Haven where they are to be painted and put in first class running order after which they will be turned over to the Lordship Company. The contractors who laid the rails for the company will turn the road over to the Lordship Company on May 3 and the operation of the cars is supposed to start on May 15.


June 6, 1915 - CITY OFFICIALS TAKE TROLLEY TO LORDSHIP PARK: New Line Formally Opened, Guests Entertained At New Casino: Lordship was trolley-wise annexed to Bridgeport yesterday and by the same token the city came into possession of a first class shore resort. Since the closing of Steeplechase Island several years ago the residents of the city had to depend upon Seaside Park, the resorts between here and New Haven and what Fairfield had to offer. Lordship Park has always been looked upon as one of the most desirable shore spots on Long Island Sound. The ground is very high and it butts out into the waters of the Sound more than any bit of land between New York and New London. But up to the present time it has been a bit inaccessible for the ordinary man. The Lordship Company has connected it with the city by trolley and the formal annexation was held yesterday afternoon, when officials of the city of Bridgeport and the town of Stratford jointly took part. At the present time Lordship is in the town of Stratford, but the trolley connection is the first step in the real annexation to Bridgeport. The Bridgeport end of the new trolley line is at the corner of Stratford and Hollister Avenue. It shoots straight southeast to Lordship till it reaches the Casino at Ocean Avenue and Pauline Street. The line was completed Saturday a week ago yesterday and the first car was run over the line at that time. They way that you can tell it from the Connecticut Companys cars is that it has the word Lordship on it. That is the only difference. A party of 50 boarded a special Lordship trolley at 1:15 yesterday afternoon. They were the guests of the Lordship Company. The city was represented by City Clerk J. Alexander Robinson and his assistant Frank Braithwaite, Aldermen Vincent Whitney and W. Steigler, Assistant Town Clerk C. Winton. Stratford was represented by its selectmen Rollin Curtiss, James Lalley and John Holmes. Judge F. Bartlett who is president of the new Lordship Company, County Commissioner Frank Ballard, Sheriff Simeon Pease, Lew Corbitt and A. Burritt were among those present. When the guests arrived at the casino a lunch was served. There were no speeches, but after the lunch President Charles Davis of the Wilkenda Land Company which has been developing Lordship for several years, accompanied by John Kenworthy, general manager and William Hyde Secretary made an inspection of the arrangements at the Lordship Casino for the accommodation of summer guests and visitors. In the first place the Casino building which is for dancing is a handsome edifice and it has a splendid dancing floor. It will accommodate a large number. Last night about 200 dancers dedicated it to the use of the dance with the assistance of Bentleys Orchestra. D.C. Quilty, the dancing instructor will have charge of the Casino during the season. The bath house will cost $7,000. It will have an upper veranda 70 feet long and 20 wide for the accommodation of spectators. The observation veranda over that again will be 50 feet long and 15 feet wide. From the upper veranda one feels like looking over the bow of a ship into the water. The only difference is that one will not feel the roll of the ocean. One of the diversions of the inspection was when First Selectman Curtiss of Stratford sent in a call for the fire chemical engine. The auto chemical got there in 12 minutes, which is quick enough time for even Chief Mooney. Until the real annexation takes place the Stratford Fire department is obligated to give Lordship fire protection, which was one of the reasons for the demonstration. The officers of the Lordship Company are: President F.A. Bartlett; Vice-president Lew Corbitt; Secretary C.A. Nicholls; Secretary and Manager John Kenworthy. Among the others present were Ernest Lyon, Merles Cowles, E.W. Wilson, F.H. Peterson, Alderman Oliver Cole, Alderman John Toole, Charles Blackman, George McCarthy, F.B. Keeler, Karl Cyrus, W.T. Hyde, Charles Chapman the general manager of the Connecticut Company. The bathing pavilion is about 1,000 feet from the end of the trolley line but is not completed. It will be ready for occupancy by the first of July. According to the slow march of summer it will be time enough. It will have 100 bathing rooms and will have a waiting room, a tea room, ice cream parlor, etc. The management predicts that it will be the finest bathing beach on the Sound shore. After the inspection the guests of the company took the special trolley for Bridgeport.


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June 6, 1915: TROLLEY TODAY TO LORDSHIP: Notwithstanding the obstinacy of the weatherman who persisted in screening he sun with clouds yesterday afternoon Lordship on the Sound never looked better, the broad expanse of green sward with the waters of the Sound on three sides and the factories of Bridgeport on the fourth, presented a magnificent panorama to the interested and amazed eyes of those Bridgeporters and Stratfordites who gathered at this historic property to celebrate the opening of the new trolley line. Merle Cowles who by the way is now a special cop on the Stratford roster has surely made good as a landscape gardener. He with his corps of assistants have transformed the Lordship of yesterday into the hustling and beautiful suburban colony of tomorrow. Many were the expressions of surprise and praise heaped on his broad shoulders. The old farm presents a wonderful spectacle to the eyes of those not closely allied with the developers, where but a few years ago stood the line farm house there are now about seventy cottages and bungalows many of which are of the year round variety and several new ones are being erected; the underpinning of the bath houses and the floor joists for the main floor are in position, just a few rods from the terminus of the trolley in fact activity is on every hand. The opening of the trolley line was the occasion which brought the guests to Lordship but the property presented such a beautiful picture to the writer that the digression from the real subject is pardonable. A trolley line to Lordship has been the dream of many property owners in that section for years, but in most cases it was but a dream. Not so however with John Kentworthy, general manager of the Wilkenda Land Company. To dream with Kentworthy is to do and when he awoke from his dream he immediately called his forces together and battle was mapped out; though the task required not only many sacrifices but herculean nerve and unending work. John stuck to his job which ended yesterday in the opening of the line to public traffic. This trolley line direct to the Lordship shores will forever stand as a mute testimonial to the indomitable courage and stick-to-it-iveness of General Manager Kentworthy and his able associates. A very appetizing buffet lunch was served by Caterer Davenport to the assembled guests in the reception hall of the Lordship Casino while music was pleasingly rendered by Bentleys Orchestra. Many opinions and predictions as to the future of Lordship were volunteered and the consensus of opinion was that all Bridgeport and Stratford would have a resort that would not only be a credit to the municipalities but a source of considerable amusement and entertainment to the ever increasing thousands of population. Manager Kentworthy tells us that there are big plans in the works but he would not divulge the nature of these improvements and activities until the contracts were signed and sealed. At any rate, Lordship the resort is open to the public. The bath houses, 120 of them will be ready July 1 while dancing under the direction of Professor Daniel Quilty will be a regular feature at Lordship several evenings each week. These dances will be held in the Casino pending the erection of a large dance pavilion on the beach. Among those present at the opening were: Selectmen Holmes, Curtis, Lalley, Wilcox and Rhodes of Stratford; City Clerk Robinson, Assistant City Clerk Braithwaite, Sheriff Pease, County Commissioner Ballard, Assistant Town Clerk Winton, ex-mayor Clark, Aldermen Cole, Toole and Whitney, Supt. Chapman of the Connecticut Company, A. Burritt, Fred Bartlett, Fred Keeler, Edward Lynch, Prof. Dan Quilty, Lew Corbit, Karl Cyrus and the entire Wilkenda organization; including President Charles Davis, General Manager Kentworthy, Sales Manager Histon, Advertising Manager Phelan, Engineer Reynolds, Auditor Taylor and Salesmen Nichols, Peterson, Hyde, Sullivan, Webb, Wilson, Marks, McCarthy, DuCotey and Lyon as well as a number of Lordship residents and guests from New Haven, Bridgeport and Norwalk. In the evening the first dance of the season was held under the direction of Prof. Quilty with Bentley furnishing the music. The public was invited to attend this first dance without charge or fees of any kind and if the crowd which attended is any criterion for the future, Lordship is destined to be a real live watering place from this date on. The whole affair was a huge success and the various interests are to be congratulated.

November 20, 1915: BOYS FELL TREE ON TRACKS; CITIZEN PREVENTS WRECK: Boys on Hollister Avenue yesterday chopped down a tree so that it lay across the tracks of the trolley road leading to Lordship Manor. A serious accident would have occurred as a heavily loaded car rounded a sharp curve just ahead of the obstruction had it not been for a resident of Hollister Avenue who discovered the danger and stopped the car in time. No arrests have been made.



Lordship Trolley Map

Mar 30, 1917: BILL TO THE STATE SENATE: Incorporating the Lordship Railway Company of Bridgeport with capital stock of $200,000 and authority to increase it to $500,000. (Merger with Lordship Park Association).

January 10, 1917: BOY HIT BY TROLLEY OF LORDSHIP COMPANY, HIS FATHER ASKS DAMAGES: To recover for injuries his son received when struck by a Lordship Park trolley car, John Parker of Bridgeport appeared before Judge Bennett and a jury in the civil superior court today to testify in his suit against the Wilkenda Land Company. The father asks for $2,000 to repay him for money spent for medical attendance for the boy. Another suit has been brought by the boy, Charles Parker who asks $5,000 damages. The accident happened on July 15, 1915 in the Lordship Park section. Young Parker claimed to have received internal injuries which made it necessary for him to spend a long period in the hospital. Among his expenses were $250 for a physicians services, $120 for nurse and $100 for hospital bills. It is claimed the motorman of the car was negligent. The company denies any negligence. The trial was still on this afternoon.


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January 24, 1917: LORDSHIP COMPANY WANTS TO POWER TO OPERATE LINE OF STEAMBOATS: The Lordship Railway Company, a new corporation will take over the rights of the Lordship Park Association in the matter of trolley line operation and amusement park enterprises under a measure introduced today by Senator Bartlett. The incorporators of the new company are the incorporators of the present Lordship Park Association. In addition to the rights taken over, the new company would also be empowered to operate a steamboat line. The capital stock of the new corporation is $200,000.

March 30, 1917: REPORT FAVORABLY LORDSHIP PETITION: The committee on railroads yesterday reported favorably to the Senate permitting the Lordship Park Railway Company to incorporate and to take over the holdings of the Lordship Park Association. The bill also permits an increase in capital stock from $200,000 to $500,000. The incorporators of the company are: Walter Lashar, George Windsor, H. Corbit, George Clark, Charles Davis, Ernest Lyon and George Davis.

May 18, 1918 - NO LORDSHIP TROLLEY EXTENSION THIS YEAR: The extension of the trolley from Lordship Park to Hards Corner Stratford for which a franchise has been held by the Lordship Railroad Company for some time will not be built this year, unless it is felt that it is a public necessity, said Frederic A. Bartlett, president of the trolley company last night. There are no extensions of the trolley lines of this company that will be made this summer unless a large increase in the number of residents at Lordship occurs.

July 2, 1918 - LORDSHIP TROLLEY SUMMER SCHEDULE PLACED IN EFFECT: Increased Service Provided to Care for Crowds During Shore Season: A number of changes for the summer season went into effect on the Lordship Railroad yesterday and many more cars now leave from the center of the city than during the winter. Following are leaving times for the cars from Golden Hill and Main Street: A.M. 6:30, 7:45, 9:00. 10:00, 11:00; P.M. 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:10, 5:15, 5:30, 6:15, 7:00. 8:00. 9:00. 10:25. Cars will leave Lordship for Golden Hill and Main Street: A.M. 6:08, 7:15, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30; P.M. 12:30, except Saturday 1:30: 2:30, 3:35, 4:15, 5:45, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00. Cars will leave Lordship for Stratford and Hollister Avenues: A.M. 6:38. 7:55, 11:30, P.M. 12:18, 12:45, these two cars run Saturday only: 2.00, 3:00, 4:10 , 5:15, 6:00, 6:55, 8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:55, 11:30. Leaving corner of Hollister and Stratford Avenues for Lordship the time will be A.M. 5:53, 6:25, 6:55, 7:30, 8:10, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15; P.M. 12:05, 12:30, Saturday only, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15: 3:45, 4:25, 5:00, 5:30, 5:45, 6:15, 6:35, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:10, 11:15 and 11:50. This last car will run if there are passengers.


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September 4, 1922 - MICHAEL CONNELL IS EXPECTED TO SURVIVE WOUND: Although he is in critical condition in Bridgeport Hospital from a self-inflicted bullet wound on the left side of his face just below the ear, Michael Connell, 40 years old for the last ten years superintendent of the Lordship Street Railway Company car barns, is expected to recover. Connell was found shortly before 7 o'clock yesterday morning by Michael Houlinsky lying in a pool of blood in the car barn office, at Hollister and Stratford Avenues. He was conscious and told Houlinsky not "to bother" calling an ambulance, a request not granted. Police were informed by Connell he shot himself because he was "discouraged." His depression, authorities believe, may have been caused by financial worries, a deputy sheriff placing his automobile under attachment a short time after he was taken to the hospital.

February 11, 1925 - LORDSHIP RAILWAY ASKS LEGISLATURE FOR BUILDING TIME: Frederic C Bartlett of Bridgeport today appeared before the Legislative Railroads committee to ask that the time in which the Lordship Railway Company may complete its railway be extended to the rising of the 1927 General Assembly, at that a similar time extension be granted to the Lordship Park Association for completion of its railway. No one opposed the bills Judge Bartlett explained that the Railway Company would take over the line from the association upon the completion of the railway, about half of which is now laid and in operation. The present half of the line starts at Hollister and Stratford Avenues in Bridgeport, and runs to Lordship Point. The new lines which the company proposes to complete will run into Stratford by another route, joining the Connecticut company line there.


May 9, 1925 - SERVICE COMPANY PLANS FIGHT FOR FIVE CENT LINE: Bus Corporation Contemplates Appeal on Denial of Its Application for Road. Aims to Force Fare. Action of Commission Will Not Affect Replacement of Lordship Lines: The City Service company a bus corporation backed by Walter Lashar, president of the American Chain Company contemplates an appeal to the Superior court on the denial of its application for an operating certificate to rtm a five cent fare line between Central Avenue and the city Plaza, it was declared by Attorney John T L Hubbard yesterday. In the bus firms plans the line would have linked up with another to start, at Central and Connecticut Avenues and run to Lordship Manor, thus linking the Lordship settlement with direct transportation to the General Electric plant on Boston Avenue. Both schemes were defeated with the denial of the permit by the public utilities commission. The line on which the appeal will probably be taken was to have been south on Central Avenue to Connecticut Avenue, west to Stratford Avenue, on Stratford Avenue to Water Street to the Plaza. As now outlined, papers for the appeal are to be drawn up and writ served on the commission which probably will be defended by Attorney General Healy. As the basis for its denial the Public Utilities commission pointed out that the route sought by the City Service Company would conflict with existing trolley routes by paralleling their service. The bus firm will not file an appeal on a William Street route which was also denied by the commission. The action of the commission will not affect the replacement of the present Lordship trolley lines with motor busses as soon as the Lordship Meadows highway is rebuilt. Lashar declared at the hearing on the application of his company before the Utilities Commission that his purpose in asking the permits was to force the Connecticut Company operators of trolleys, to give a five cent fare to Bridgeport.


June 20, 1925 - BUSES REPLACE TROLLEY CARS TO LORDSHIP TODAY: Three Conveyances Will Operate on a Half Hour Schedule: With three new twenty nine passenger busses ready to begin operating, the Lordship Company will abandon the operation of trolleys to the shore suburb this morning, inaugurating instead a motor coach schedule from the City Plaza to Lordship running on the half hour from the city center. Operation of the motor busses will be under the City Service Corporation, controlled by Walter B. Lashar. The fare will be ten cents. The new coaches are painted gray and are the last word in motor bus construction. In test trip it has been shown that the trip to Lordship from the Plaza can be made in approximately 20 minutes, though the operating schedule will not call for as short an operating time. Experienced drivers have been secured. The trolley rails are not to be torn up, it was stated by Attorney John T. L. Hubbard for the bus concern. A new macadamized road has been built from Hollister Avenue bridge to Lordship and Director of Public Works, A. J. Northey has promised to repave Hollister Avenue from Stratford Avenue to the bridge, just now in poor condition.

August 2, 1925: Trolley Company Makes One More Jab at Bridgeporters to Reclaim Few Lost Nickels: Residents of Hollister Avenue section of Stratford and Bridgeport are up in arms over the latest outrage of the Connecticut Company which is attempting to force riding on trolley cars, the popularity of which are fast waning in the face of such motor bus competition as the Lordship Railway company is running. As a result of a protest of the Connecticut Company last week, the Lordship busses which operate from the Bridgeport Plaza on a half-hour schedule are not allowed to pick up passengers between Mill River Bridge at the southern end of Hollister Avenue on their Bridgeport bound runs. This despite the fact that the busses distribute passengers to the trolleys at the Hollister Avenue half way terminal. Indignation ran high among some of the Lordship bus patrons when the bus drivers told them that the Connecticut Companys protest had resulted in the issuance of an order by the Lordship Company last Tuesday morning prohibiting the taking on of passengers within the limits described. The Lordship Company is running four Mack shock-insulated busses. The fare is five cents from the Bridgeport Plaza to the Hollister Avenue car barn of the Lordship Railway Company and an additional five cents to Lordship Beach and vice versa for the return trip. In suspending its trolleys, the Lordship Company resurfaced its private road running through the Lordship Meadows from Mill River Bridge to the edge of Lordship Park, also fitting up its old trolley barn to house the big busses.

October 27, 1926 - LORDSHIP COMPANY GRANTED RIGHT TO SELL BUS PASSES: System to Be Tried put for Year, Utilities Commission Rules: The application of the Lordship Railway Company for permission to institute a system of weekly passes instead of regular fares on its motor bus route between this city and Lordship was granted in a limited form by the Public Utilities commission, meeting at the state capitol in Hartford yesterday. The application was


Bpttoken1926 technically refused, but permission was driven for a year's trial of the system, and sponsors of the plan are confident that this one success, with resultant approval of the pass system for permanent use. The finding of the commission authorizes the company to establish and put into effect a weekly pass system, $1 per pass between the Plaza in Bridgeport and Lordship or Avon Park; also 60 cents per pass between Hollister Mill Bridge, so-called, and Lordship or Avon park for the calendar week. This week lasts from Monday morning to Sunday night inclusive and the new system is for a test or trial period of twelve months from and after November 1, 1926. No 50-cent pass shall be used on any portion of the route between Hollister Mill Bridge and the Plaza. The Lordship line runs from the Plaza in Bridgeport to the community known as Lordship, which is in the town of Stratford. The distance is a trifle over four miles, the round-trip totaling 8.5 miles, according to figures furnished the commission. Lordship and Avon Park residents are in favor of the pass system for it will mean that instead of having to pay 10 cents, for instance, for a trip each way between Lordship and the Plaza, which would total $1.20 a week for a man traveling to and from Lordship and his place of employment in Bridgeport six days a week, he will under the pass system be able to do this for a $1 a week. Moreover, he is not limited to one or two trips a day. He may make as many trips as he likes, and his wife or other members of his family may also use the pass. Counsel for other corporations operating bus lines strenuously objected to the Lordship Railway company's application, feeling that the success of the pass system on the Lordship line would result in a public demand for the institution of the system on other bus lines.


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The Lordship Park Association was organized to develop a large tract of real estate and in connection therewith it was found necessary to provide transportation to said tract. A charter was secured and a trolley line built connecting with the Connecticut Company street railway system. The details of capitalization refer to the whole project, no specific amount of stock being issued for the railway properties.



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August 8, 1947 - LORDSHIP RAILWAY ONCE MORE IS DENIED EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Operation of busses in and adjacent to Lordship by both the Lordship Railway Company and the Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company will remain unchanged under a decision by the Public Utilities Commission which was issued in Hartford Thursday of last week. The Lordship Railway Company had asked that the commission cancel a wartime permission by which the C. R & L was allowed to operate cars through Main Street from Hards Corner to the municipal airport, a permission which was mainly to accommodate employees at the Chance Vought factory. A similar cancellation request was denied a couple of years ago. The decision rendered last week is signed by Commissioners Joseph McConnell and Eugene Loughlin. The White Line Bus Company has owned stock of the Lordship Railway Company for fifteen years or more. Neither the local company no the C. R & L Company has anything to do with railway operations; motor busses long since took over. The C. R & L was granted permission half a dozen years ago to operate between Hards Corner and the airport on a plea to accommodate workers at Chance Vought where the force was growing rapidly under mobilization for defense which became war production after Peal Harbor. Until then the bus service into the south end was furnished entirely by the White Line-Lordship Railway. Noting that by 1940 the number of Chance Vought employees had reached 4,000 the commission says there was no existing motor bus service traversing a route between the Lordship area and the center of the town of Stratford, but the Lordship Railway Company was then supplying its motor bus service established in 1925 between the center of Bridgeport and Lordship Park via the aircraft plant and the municipal airport but traversing a route in the southerly part of Stratford which did not go through the center of Stratford. In December of 1940 the Public Utilities Commission approved the C. R & L extension from Hards Corner to the airport and also approved a Lordship Railway extension from Woodend Road to Town Hall. The Lordship Railway later made an effort to have the C. R & L permission revoked. The commission refused to revoke by a decision in February 1942 saying the new arrangement had been of material benefit. Chance Vought intervened favorable to the C. R & L and one of its exhibits covering March of 1946 showed that an average of 148 employees used the Lordship Railway bus daily and 622 the C. R & L bus. In denying the request the opinion says: For the commission to hold otherwise would force the preponderant number of employees at the aircraft plant using the motor bus transportation service of the C. R & L Company to cease using that direct service and travel at a material increase in the rate of fare over the lines of the Lordship Railway Company and transfer to other lines in Bridgeport, and at the same time consume a materially greater time in traveling to and from the aircraft company and in transferring from one bus to another.