What freight railroads serve Connecticut?


A listing of Connecticut towns and what railroads serve them for rail freight.
All about the freight railroads that serve Connecticut.
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A half-century ago, everything in Connecticut was under the New Haven Railroad. Today is a lot different, Amtrak, Metro-North., several freight-only railroads and even some abandoned lines that could be re-started.. Check out the best available map of all these with the Connecticut CDOT rail map.

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There is no "brrreeeport" in Connecticut, but there are plenty of towns that are served by freight railroads. Search them out!

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Ansonia Killingly Shelton
Avon Madison Simsbury
Berlin Manchester Southbury
Bethel Mansfield Southington
Bloomfield Meriden South Windsor
Branford Middletown Stamford
Bridgeport Milford Stonington
Bristol Monroe Stratford
Brookfield Montville Torrington
Cheshire Naugatuck Trumbull
Danbury New Britain Vernon
Darien New Canaan Wallingford
East Hartford New Haven Waterbury
East Haven Newington Waterford
East Lyme New London Watertown
Fairfield New Milford West Hartford
Farmington Newtown Westport
Glastonbury North Haven Wethersfield
Greenwich Norwalk Wilton
Groton Norwich Windham
Guilford Plainville Wolcott
Hamden Ridgefield
Hartford Rocky Hill

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For Connecticut Towns Over 15,000 Population
City
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Population Railroad Notes
Bridgeport
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139,529 CSX
New Haven
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123,626 CSX Serves North Haven to New York State line
New Haven 123,626 Providence & Worcester Belle Dock Branch
Hartford
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121,578 Providence & Worcester Valley Line Middletown to Hartford
Hartford 121,578 Connecticut Southern (CSO) Springfield Line (trackage rights on Amtrak)
Hartford 121,578 Central New England Some trackage not covered by Connecticut Southern
Stamford Click for Stamford WebSite 117,083 CSX
Waterbury
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107,271 Guilford/Springfield Terminal
Norwalk
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82,951 CSX
Norwalk 82,951 Providence & Worcester Danbury line
Danbury
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74,848 Housatonic Railroad
Danbury 74,848 Providence & Worcester Tilcon stone only
New Britain
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71,538 Guilford/Springfield Terminal Connection to Waterbury only
New Britain 71,538 Connecticut Southern Trackage rights on Amtrak
West Hartford
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63,589 Connecticut Southern Railroad
Greenwich
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61,101 CSX
Bristol
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60,062 Guilford/Springfield Terminal New Britain Waterbury Line
Meriden
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58,244 Connecticut Southern Railroad Trackage rights on Amtrak
Fairfield
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57,340 CSX
Hamden
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56,913 CSX
Manchester
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54,740 Connecticut Southern Railroad
West Haven
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52,360 CSX
Milford
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52,305 CSX
Stratford
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49,976 CSX
East Hartford
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49,575 Connecticut Southern Railroad
Middletown
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43,167 Providence & Worcester
Wallingford
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43,026 Connecticut Southern Railroad Trackage rights on Amtrak
Groton
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39,907 Providence & Worcester Groton-Norwich-Worcester Line New Haven to Rhode Island line
Southington
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39,728 Guilford/Springfield Terminal New Britain to Waterbury including Canal Line
Shelton
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38,101 Housatonic Railroad Danbury to Derby Junction
Norwich
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36,117 Providence & Worcester Groton-Norwich-Worcester Line
Norwich 36,117 New England Central Railroad New London/Palmer line
Torrington
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35,202 Naugatuck Railroad Connection to Guilford/Springfield Terminal at Watertown Junction
Trumbull
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34,243 No railroad
Glastonbury
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31,876 No railroad
Naugatuck
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30,989 Guilford/Springfield Terminal Trackage rights on Metro-North
Newington
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29,306 Connecticut Southern Railroad Trackage rights on Amtrak
Branford
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28,683 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Cheshire
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28,543 No railroad
Windsor
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28,237 Connecticut Southern Railroad Trackage rights on Amtrak
East Haven
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28,129 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Vernon
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28,063 No railroad
New Milford
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27,121 Housatonic Danbury to Massachusetts line
Wethersfield
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26,271 Providence & Worcester Valley Line Middletown to Hartford
Westport
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25,749 CSX
New London
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25,671 New England Central Railroad New London/Palmer line
New London 25,671 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Newtown
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25,031 Housatonic Danbury to Derby Junction line
South Windsor
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24,412 Central New England Connection to Connecticut Southern
Ridgefield
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23,643 No railroad
Farmington
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23,641 Guilford/Springfield Terminal New Britain to Waterbury including Canal Line
Simsbury
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23,234 No railroad
North Haven
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23,035 Connecticut Southern Railroad Trackage rights on Amtrak
North Haven 23,035 CSX
Windham
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22,857 New England Central Railroad New London/Palmer line
Watertown
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21,661 No railroad
Guilford
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21,398 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Mansfield
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20,720 No railroad
Darien
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19,607 CSX
Bloomfield
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19,587 Connecticut Southern Railroad
New Canaan
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19,395 CSX
Monroe
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19,247 Housatonic Railroad Danbury to Derby Junction
Waterford
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19,152 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Southbury
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18,567 Housatonic Railroad Danbury to Derby Junction
Ansonia
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18,554 Guilford/Springfield Terminal Trackage rights on Metro-North
Montville
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18,546 New England Central Railroad New London/Palmer line
Berlin
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18,215 Connecticut Southern Trackage rights on Amtrak
East Lyme
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18,118 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Bethel
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18,067 Providence & Worcester Danbury line
Rocky Hill
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17,966 Providence & Worcester Valley Line Middletown to Hartford
Stonington
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17,906 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Madison
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17,858 Providence & Worcester New Haven to Rhode Island line
Wilton
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17,633 Providence & Worcester Danbury line
Plainville
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17,328 Guilford/Springfield Terminal New Britain Waterbury Line
Killingly
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16,472 No railroad
Avon
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15,832 No railroad
Brookfield
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15,664 Housatonic Danbury to Massachusetts line
Seymour
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15,454 Guilford/Springfield Terminal Trackage rights on Metro-North
Wolcott
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15,215 No railroad By Ken Kinlock at kenkinlock@gmail.com
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Freight Returns to Connecticut

The August 26 Merdien Record-Journal ran a story on an old bridge over Gracy avenue in Meriden. This was part of the old "Merdien, Waterbury, & CT River RR, which is currently owned by the York Hill quarry on the east side of Meriden. I guess the quarry had purchased the right of way when the line was abandoned, in case they ever wanted to use rail service again.

Local residents want the bridge taken down, but the owner stated that with the rising cost of fuel in shipping traprock by truck, they are looking into the possibility of shipping by rail again. This would of course require a lot of logging and tie replacement, and building a bridge over North Colony street that was taken down about a year ago. If this all happend the quarry would be a new customer stop for Connecticut Southern RR, with the lead to that line being right near Quarry interlocking on Amtrak.

A different bridge than just mentioned, and crosses over the Amtrak mains, can be seen just to the north from the Amtrak crossing at North Colony street. The lead up to this "York Hill" line would be up near Quarry interlocking on the west side of the tracks, and would go south and then west through the woods to clear a switch on the west side of the bridge.

The bridge mentioned in the newspaper article is to the west of the bridge over the Amtrak main, and this lead would give them about 40-50 cars worth of headroom past the switch to get in and out of there.

A little premature, but I wonder if the quarry would use their own switcher to drop cars near Amtrak, or CSO-2 would have to go all the way to the east side of Meriden to the quarry.

The rails are still visible but are now choked by some 35 years of forest growth. Last railcars at the quarry in the were in the 1960s.

Still, it's interesting to learn that the quarry was far-sighted enough to buy the roughly 3.5 miles of right-of-way to the Amtrak main line and is fighting to keep it. Maybe the tide is slowing turning?

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Sears and Roebuck located in Chicago because of the rail system. Order through their catalog and they would ship it anywhere in the country by rail. You could even buy a house from Sears and they would pack up all of the lumber, nails, etc. into one boxcar and send it out.

Columbus is within 500 miles of half of the population of the United States. Columbus could host a giant warehouse full of sheet metal parts for every car sold in America. That way, when someone wrecks a Mini Cooper in Hartford or a Scion in New Haven, the parts could be on their way and delivered to the body shop within 24 hours.

Norfolk is a deep water port that will soon be handling more ships from the far east through the new Panama Canal. Imagine warehouses in Norfolk full of furniture in every color and pattern imaginable. So if you're shopping in Providence and really want that recliner in green plaid, they can ship it up to you from the warehouse that serves the entire eastern half of the country.

Now a fender here or a couch there may not seem like much. But the right delivery system allows a business to grow volume. It was no coincidence that Sears' use of the railroads in Chicago enabled it to become the world's largest store. With reliable overnight service, a shipping container here and there can rapidly become hundreds of shipping containers per day going to retail outlets with low inventories and just-in-time delivery to their anxious customers.
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