Paci's Restaurant in Southport Connecticut

Train Stations of Connecticut


There are many train stations in Connecticut. Some have been rebuilt.
Some are no longer used and have been converted to other uses.
Some have restaurants in them or close by. One of these is Paci's in Southport, Connecticut
Hartford Union Station

Hartford's Union Station does busses too!

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Our feature article is "Connecticut's Depots" . We have extensive coverage of Connecticut stations (and restaurants in or close to them). We have separate articles on stations in Canaan , Simsbury , New London , Waterbury , Stratford , and Bridgeport .

Find out how many train stations are there in Connecticut?

See our entire list of Connecticut Stations We have a lot of coverage of Connecticut commuter developments . Commuter Statistics: Metro North Railroad

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Commuter Statistics: Metro North Railroad

See an in-depth study of Railroad Stations on the Danbury Branch

Railroad Stations around the country, art deco stations, and refurbishing Connecticut stations

KC Jones BLOG about Railroad History

Want to find out all about YOUR station? We show you for each active railroad station in Connecticut: Passenger schedules, driving directions and other information
Freight railroad serving this station and contact information
Picture of station and, in some cases, history and development plans.
Connecticut Freight Railroads

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


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Stratford Shakespear Festival

Typical of Connecticut rail towns is Stratford.


The West-bound station is a restaurant.
The East-bound station is a helicopter museum.
Visitors have taken the trains for years to see such attractions as their Shakespear Festival.

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Newington station in 1930's

Newington Junction Station in 1930's


Newington Junction is a section of the town of Newington, Connecticut. It is centered at the intersection of Willard Avenue (Route 173) and West Hill Road in the northwestern part of the town, in the area generally just south of the Hartford city line. The name of the area refers to the railroad junction where the railroad line from New Haven meets with the railroad line from Bristol and Waterbury. The depot on the left was built in 1891 by the New York & New England RR. The passenger station on the right and the freight depot behind it were constructed by the NYNH&H in 1890.

For more information about Newington Junction station, see

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More on Restaurants in Connecticut


Greatest kids restaurant in Connecticut is "Pizza Works" in old Saybrook. It's in the old train station. Upstairs there's a big HO scale model train exhibit that's amazingly detailed and runs continuously. Downstairs there are G-scale trains circling the room on a shelf on the upper part of the walls. Outside are the tracks of Amtrak's "Shoreline" division.

Harbor Park Restaurant in Middletown offers a view of the swing bridge that carried New Haven's Air Line across the Connecticut River.

In Simsbury, an old train station has been converted to One Way Fare, a popular pub.

The Nauti Dolphin is a little Italian restaurant right in the Fairfield train station. It's a good place to grab a quick sandwich if you're running late and have a train to catch. There's no seating inside - it's all take out, but the food is excellent. It's not worth making a special trip, but if you've got a few minutes before your train leaves, it's good.

The Whaler's Inn in Mystic is closeby the train station.

Close by the Greenwich train station is the Delmar
Modeled after a Tuscan Villa, this splendid boutique hotel offers a waterside destination where the emphasis is on elegance and European-styled service. The DELAMAR, (Italian for "From The Sea") is the only hotel in Connecticut to have membership in the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Snuggled beside a cozy harbor in Greenwich, it features 83 guest rooms including 9 suites. Many rooms have private balconies overlooking its yacht-filled dock and Long Island Sound.

The Trackside Brick Oven Pizzeria in Wallingford is a pizza restaurant that uses as its dining room the body of a retired Philadelphia subway car. It is a 1927 rapid transit car (Broad Street subway car) manufactured by JG Brill.

Not all old stations are safe yet. In Windsor Locks, one is boarded up. This station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, since it celebrated its 100th anniversary back in 1975. The station itself was built in 1875, and was operational to the mid-1970s. It is perhaps best known for being the train station where local resident Ella Grasso boarded a train, headed for Hartford and her inauguration as the state's first female governor to be elected outright. Since 1978, Amtrak, owned the station. Amtrak currently has a train that stops at its new location further down Main Street.
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Railroads in Canaan Connecticut

Railroads in Canaan Connecticut





The last section of the old rail line now ends in the northwestern corner of Windsor, near Griffin Road, an area of former tobacco farm land that is now the site of a modern industrial park. It is near Bradley Airport and there has been talk of reviving a short section of the Connecticut Western, now known as the Griffin Line. During I.C.C. hearings prior to the Penn Central merger, it was estimated that one-third of the New Haven's mileage generated 80% of its total revenue. Further-more, 20% of its total miles produced less than 2% of its total freight revenue. During 1962 alone, the New Haven filed applications for the abandonment of 16 segments of branch line totaling 140 miles. Old maps of the New Haven in Connecticut show more lines than those on a California Raisin. Railroads in Connecticut were definitely overbuilt!

The state of railroads north of Hartford 100 years ago can be seen from the following letter of September 17, 1888 to the editor of the HARTFORD COURANT: "This morning I left Hartford (by train) with my wife to spend Sunday in Saratoga. On reaching Simsbury I found that the parlor car had been discontinued for the day, and that the train did not even connect with the Fitchburg train for Saratoga! If the management of the road has any excuse for such treatment of the public, let them offer it."

1872 DEPOT, CANAAN



Since I have found so many old railroad stations converted to restaurants, I have decided to continue being a restaurant critic.

The Canaan Depot is located at the junction of Routes 7 and 44. The restaurant always looks crowded because the bus company that replaced the railroad picks up from the parking lot. The restaurant also looks busy because the staff seats the front window first. However, we found no trouble being seated without reservations. Beware though -- summer is probably different.

The Canaan Depot is located at the junction of Routes 7 and 44. The restaurant always looks crowded because the bus company that replaced the railroad picks up from the parking lot. The restaurant also looks busy because the staff seats the front window first. However, we found no trouble being seated without reservations. Beware though -- summer is probably different.

Featured was a special, $18.72 for two entrees. Service was good and the waitress seemed eager to please. The menu was adequate but not extensive. It is about the only decent action within miles, especially on a Tuesday night when some other restaurants between Albany and Canaan are closed. I ordered Coquille St. Jacques with wild rice while companion opted for the 10 ounce steak and baked potato. Trains to Campbell Hall are advertised on a fascinating blackboard (dated 1891) in the lobby. There were 36 trains/day at that time. The depot was built a year after the railroad from Hartford was built. Rail pictures adorn the walls. While you are waiting for your meal, take time to wander around and peer at them.

A small section of debris-covered, abandoned railroad track is all that remains of the Connecticut Western Railroad, once a major transportation link to the west from Hartford. During the late 1880's and the early years of this century, trains followed miles of track that tied northwestern Connecticut towns to the Hudson River Valley and the Pennsylvania coal fields.

The Hartford & Connecticut Western Railroad was opened in 1871 and provided passenger and freight service for nearly 70 years from Hartford to Winsted and New York State. It abandoned passenger and most freight service during the 1930's. About a half-dozen years ago, the last freight trains stopped running on the remaining bit of Connecticut Western's tracks, about eight miles, from near Hartford's Union Station to Bloomfield and into Windsor.

Connecticut Western trains once stopped in Bloomfield, Tariffville, Simsbury, Canton, Collinsville, Pine Meadow, New Hartford, Winsted, Norfolk, Canaan, Twin Lakes, Salisbury, Lakeville (all in Connecticut) and Millerton in New York. These trains even reached Rhinecliff, Hopewell Junction and Poughkeepsie. Numerous small connecting railroads were involved in this route. Typical of these was the Poughkeepsie & Eastern, which ran 45 miles from Poughkeepsie to Millerton. It was chartered in 1866, opened in 1872, and sold to the Poughkeepsie, Hartford & Boston. In 1877 it was consolidated with the Hudson River & Boston to form the New York & Massachusetts Railway. The Lakeville Branch from Canaan lasted until just a few years ago.

In the early 1890's, the Philadelphia & Reading put together a group of small railroads known as the Central New England & Western to form an outlet for anthracite coal. In addition to the line reaching from Hartford to Canaan and into New York State, they consolidated the Poughkeepsie Bridge & Railroad Company. After a series of bankruptcies/reorganizations, the New Haven purchased the route in 1904, thus acquiring the Poughkeepsie Bridge over the Hudson River. Except for the portion that formed New Haven's freight route to Maybrook, it was operated separately until 1927 when it was fully absorbed by the New Haven, only to be mostly abandoned in 1938.

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Bridgeport railroad station in 2006

This is what Bridgeport's station looks like today.

Old Bridgeport Connecticut Railroad Station

Here's the old Bridgeport station. This is from an old post card I found in St Joseph, Michigan

5th Tee Golfing Bridgeport Station Old

Here's another of the old Bridgeport station. This is from an old post card found in St Joseph, Michigan

RailwayStation.com has provided a 1942 Quiz Book on Railroads and Railroading.

Here's some interesting questions and answers:

How many passenger and freight stations are there in the United States?



In 1939 there were approximately 59,000 railway passenger stations, and in 1936 there were approximately 67,000 railway freight stations, in the United States. It is estimated that cities and towns served by railroads and the territory adjacent to railway lines embrace more than 98 per cent of the total population of the country.

How many train stations are there in Connecticut?



In order to count the train stations in Connecticut, we have to first classify them.
The first thing we have done is to determine:
how many Amtrak stations?
How many Metro North stations?
How many Shore Line East stations?
How many joint stations between these agencies?

Now our work gets more difficult.
How many abandoned stations remain?
Of these, how many have been restored?

Anyway, watch our progress!
New London

Union Station. New London's Gem

New Haven Pictures Album
LCL freight

The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad

See some historic photographs of the New Haven Railroad, Steam along the shore line, electrics through Connecticut, passenger runs into Grand Central, and much more.

Here's the list of Connecticut stations we have information on or pictures of.


Andover


Hartford, Providence & Fishkill; New Haven; abandoned Penn Central

Ansonia


Metro-North (Waterbury Branch)

Avon


New Haven Highland Division

Bantham


New Haven Shepaug

Beacon Falls


Metro-North (Waterbury Branch)

Berlin


Amtrak (Springfield Line)

Bethel


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)


Branchville

(Ridgefield)
Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Branford


Shore Line East
See more photos from Branford

Bridgeport

See more
Amtrak
Metro-North
Shore Line East

Bristol

See more
Guilford / PanAm

Canaan

See more
Housatonic
Central New England (abandoned)


Cannondale


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Canton


Central New England (abandoned),Canal Line (abandoned)


Clinton


Shore Line East

Collinsville

; and another view of Collinsville.
Central New England (abandoned); New Haven RR (abandoned)


Cornwall Bridge


Housatonic



Cos Cob


Metro-North


Danbury


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Danielson


Providence and Worcester Railroad Company

Darien


Metro-North

Derby-Shelton


Metro-North (Waterbury Branch)

East Granby


Central New England Railway


East Hampton


Abandoned New Haven




East Haven


Shoreline East

East Norwalk


Metro-North


Fairfield


Metro-North


Foxwoods Casino


Amtrak

Glenbrook

; and an older view of Glenbrook Station.
Metro-North

Greens Farms


Metro-North


Greenwich


Metro-North


Guilford


Shore Line East


Hartford


Amtrak (Springfield Line)

Higganum

Railroad Station (Essex Line)

Hopewell Junction. New York


See more
New Haven Maybrook Line (no passenger)
Central New England (abandoned)

Kent


Housatonic

Lakeville


Central New England (abandoned)

Madison


Shore Line East


Manchester


New Haven Highland Line (abandoned)

Matteawan, New York


See more
Metro-North Beacon Line (no passenger)
Central New England (abandoned)

Meriden


Amtrak (Springfield Line)

Merritt 7


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Milford


Metro-North


Mystic


Amtrak

Naugatuck


Metro-North (Waterbury Branch)

New Britain


Ex-New Haven now Pan Am used to be Guilford

New Canaan


Metro-North (New Canaan Branch)


New Haven


Amtrak
Metro-North
Shore Line East

New Haven - State Street


Metro-North
Shore Line East

Newington Junction


East-West:Hartford, Providence & Fishkill, New Haven Highland Division, Pan Am
North-South: Hartford & New Haven, New Haven, Amtrak (Springfield Line)
See more about Newington Stations in history

See a 1930's Newington Junction photo.

For the most complete information about Newington Junction stations, see

Tyler City Station, The most authoritative source for information on Connecticut railroad stations

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New London


Amtrak
Shore Line East

New Milford


Housatonic

Newtown


Housatonic (abandoned)

Niantic


Shore Line East

Norfolk



Central New England (abandoned)

Noroton Heights


Metro-North

Norwich


Providence & Worcester (no passengers)

Old Greenwich


Metro-North

Old Saybrook


Amtrak
Shore Line East


Oxford


New York & New England
abandoned

Plainfield


Providence & Worcester (no passengers)

Plainville


Guilford (was New Haven Highland Line) (no passenger)

Plantsville


New Haven Canal Line (abandoned)

Pomfret


Former NY&NE. Abandoned 1968

Putnam


New Haven (abandoned)

Redding


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Ridgefield


New Haven Ridgefield Branch (Abandoned)

Riverside


Metro-North

Rowayton


Metro-North

Salisbury


Central New England (abandoned)

Sandy Hook (Newtown)


New York & New England (abandoned)

Seymour


Metro-North (Waterbury Branch)

Simsbury


New Haven Canal Line (abandoned)

Sound View


New Haven Shoreline

South Norwalk


Metro-North

Southport


Metro-North

Springdale


Metro-North (New Canaan Branch)

Springfield, Massachusetts


Amtrak (Springfield-New Haven line)

Stafford Springs


(No Passenger)

Stamford


Amtrak
Metro-North
Shore Line East

Stepney


Housatonic (abandoned)

Stratford

See more
Metro-North

Taconic


Central New England (abandoned)

Talmadge Hill


Metro-North (New Canaan Branch)

Terryville


Guilford / PanAm

Thomaston


Naugatuck

Torrington


Naugatuck

Twin Lakes


Central New England (abandoned)


Wallingford


Amtrak (Springfield Line)

Washington


Shepaug Railroad (abandoned)

Waterbury


Metro-North (Waterbury Branch)

Westbrook


Shore Line East

Westport


Metro-North

West Redding


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Willimantic


P&W (formerly New Haven)

Wilton


Metro-North (Danbury Branch)

Winsted


Central New England (abandoned) Naugatuck

Windsor


Amtrak (Springfield Line)

Windsor Locks


Amtrak (Springfield Line)
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REFERENCE



List of Connecticut Railroads

Virtual tour of train stations

New England Train Stations

Train Stations of the United States

Tyler City Station, The most authoritative source for information on Connecticut railroad stations



Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board

Connecticut Station Map

Interesting Railway Stations

Train Stations that fell to the wrecking ball
Simsbury, Connecticut Station Today

Simsbury, Connecticut Station Today

Matteawan station today

Matteawan station today.

While not in Connecticut, this station is closeby in New York State and very unusual. The Matteawan station building still serves as apartments, a beauty shop and nail salon on the revitalized Main Street of the City of Beacon. In the distance you can see the factory building with the markings from the tower that was knocked down by the derailment.

The ND&C RR (Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut Railroad) established an operation that survived through good times and bad for over 25 years until it was absorbed into the Central New England Rwy and later became part of the New Haven RR. Still later 11 miles of the old ND&C line became part of the ill fated Penn Central, next Conrail, then the Housatonic RR and currently Metro-North.

After many years and many different names, these tracks are still in service and owned by Metro North MTA. There is no regular train service on this “Beacon Branch” but they are keeping the line open for possible future use.

To see more about this historic rail line, once a part of the Central New England Railway in New York State and the New Haven Railroad, click here
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Connecticut Commuter Developments



The New Haven – Hartford – Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Plan (2006) was initiated to develop rail and transportation plans that support the vision of the communities along the corridor.

With traffic on I-95 seemingly getting worse and worse, more and more people are hopping on the Shore Line East trains.

A March, 2006, proposal for a new train station and commercial complex in Fairfield is getting a lot of attention. Not everyone is happy about it. We're talking about a million square feet of commercial space. A hotel, a conference center and it's all part of a new train station.

April 27, 2006:
Approving one of the year's biggest priorities, the state House of Representatives voted for a $2.3 billion, 10-year transportation package that would pay for new railroad stations and more trains around the state.
Waterbury Connecticut Railroad Station

No discussion of Connecticut's railroad stations would be complete without historic and unique Waterbury Station

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Meriden Connecticut Railroad Station .

Meriden Connecticut Railroad Station

A new high-speed service has hit the tracks, TGV East. Not only does this new line offer speed, but service and comfort that exceeds expectations.

With its sleek exterior and colorful, upbeat interior, a trip on the TGV East is a stylish journey at 199mph! Travelers will appreciate the extra time they have to spend in their destination city as this new line brings European cities even closer.

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Newington Connecticut Railroad Station

Newington Connecticut Railroad Station
What is shown above is the 1891 NY&NE depot - NOT the original station.
For complete information about Newington Junction station, see

Tyler City Station, The most authoritative source for information on Connecticut railroad stations



Go back to the Newington index section

Go to the 1930's Newington Junction photo.

Newington Connecticut Railroad Station The above article discusses the 1891 NY&NE depot being built.
proposed station for North Haven

The New Haven – Hartford – Springfield Commuter Rail Project studies and proposes many things: Train frequencies, parking, busways, integration with existing mass transit, redoing the double track, etc.
Several new, or upgraded stations are in the plan.
Shown above is the proposed station for North Haven.

Naugatuck Connecticut Railroad Station

Naugatuck Connecticut Railroad Station

Niantic Connecticut Railroad Station

Niantic Connecticut Railroad Station

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Connecticut Department of Transportation maintains a WebSite: Train Station Visual Inspection Report. Each active station between New York State Line and New Haven, including New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury is included. No Hartford line or ShoreLine East yet. Great pictures and a wealth of information about each station.

Old Mystic Station

Old Postcard of Mystic Station

Newer view of Cos Cob Station

Newer view of Cos Cob Station

Newer view of Newtown Station

Newer view of Newtown Station. See an older view of Newtown

Commuter Statistics: Metro North Railroad, New Haven Division




Ever wonder which stations had the most inbound passengers each day?

Here's the list:
1. Stamford (6185)
2. Larchmont (3534)
3. New Rochelle (3472)
4. Greenwich (3052)
5. Bridgeport (3039)
6. New Haven (3020)
7. Fairfield (2702)
8. Port Chester (2457)
9. Mamaroneck (2440)
10. Pelham (2400)
11. Westport (2326)
12. Rye (2303)
13. Harrison (2207)
14. South Norwalk (1953)
15. Mt. Vernon East (1866)
16. Darien (1382)
17. Milford (1205)
18. New Canaan (1173)
19. Noroton Heights (1134)
20. Old Greenwich (955)
21. Stratford (925)
22. Cos Cob (825)
23. Riverside (679)
24. Green's Farms (549)
25. East Norwalk (531)
26. Rowayton (485)
27. Springdale (446)
28. Glenbrook (439)
29. Talmadge Hill (379)
30. Southport (233)
31. Danbury (226)
32. Branchville (195)
33. Bethel (182)
34. Wilton (178)
35. Cannondale (115)
36. Waterbury (105)
37. Merritt-7 (97)
38. Redding (59)
39. Naugatuck (38)
40. Derby-Shelton (27)
41. Seymour (26)
42. Ansonia (23)
43. Beacon Falls (7)


See the full station list (and number of parking spaces) for all of Metro North
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