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Andover Station

Andover Connecticut Station


In 1847, promoters obtained a charter for The Hartford & Providence Railroad. They intended to build a road from the river docks in Hartford, through Manchester to the quarries in Bolton, on through Andover, Willimantic, Baltic, and Moosup to the Rhode Island border. There they would connect with the Providence & Plainfield. Together the two companies would provide a route from Hartford to Providence. The Hartford & Providence group chose to connect with the New York & Hartford. The New York & Hartford was charted in 1845 and was to construct a rail line beginning at Hartford and ending at Brewster, New York, where it would connect with the New York & Harlem Railroad. Upon hearing the news that a line was now chartered from Providence to Hartford, the New York & Hartford promoters sought to merge with the Hartford & Providence. The union took place in 1849 with the new firm becoming known as The Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad Co. Fishkill-on-Hudson having replaced Brewster as the final western destination. The Hartford, Providence & Fishkill completed the Hartford to Willimantic via Andover track in 1849. By the end of 1898, the New Haven Railroad Company had obtained the rights to the line. Eventually the New Haven bought all of the former Hartford, Providence and Fishkill lines outright. They would run the line through Andover as part of their Highland Division until it was itself taken over by the Penn Central in 1968. In 1975 the State of Connecticut bought the right-of-way as the rails were being removed. Today the Ct. DEP controls it and has designated it as a recreational trail. The railroad played an important role in the development of the town. Being one of the first stations in a relatively large geographical area, Andover became the focal point for passengers and freight. It allowed for the development of several manufacturing plants in Andover. The Case Fibre Board Company (the paper mill) received raw materials and shipped its finished products. The creamery used the railroad to easily reach the important markets of New York and Boston.
Ansonia Station

Ansonia Station

Beacon Falls Station

Beacon Falls Station


Berlin
Berlin

Berlin Station


Bethel

Bethel Station


Branchville (Ridgefield) Station

Branchville (Ridgefield) Station


(Passenger service on the branch line to Ridgefield itself was available into town until 1925; freight service lasted until 1964.)

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Branford Station

Branford Station


From an old post card

Bristol Station

Bristol Station


Cannondale Station

Cannondale Station


Canton Station

The two railroad lines serving Canton were - the Collinsville branch of the Canal Line of the New Haven Railroad and the Central New England Railroad.


The New Haven line went on to New Hartford, where there was a turntable so they could reverse direction. The Central New England (formerly Connecticut and Western) came from Hartford Ct. via Tariffville and Simsbury to the Farmington River in Canton, where it backed down to the station in Collinsville. It then proceeded west through Winsted, Norfolk and Canaan, Ct. to New York State.

Clinton Station

Clinton Station


Collinsville Station

Collinsville Station ; another view of Collinsville station.



Cos Cob

Cos Cob Station


Danbury Station

Danbury Station


Danielson Station

Danielson Station


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Darien Station

Darien Station


Derby Shelton Station

Derby Shelton Station


Derby Shelton

Derby Shelton: Looking down the Housatonic River


Derby Shelton

Derby Shelton: The Canal


East Granby Station

East Granby Station


From our postcard collection

East Hampton Station

East Hampton Station


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East Norwalk

East Norwalk Station


Fairfield Station

Fairfield Station


Glenbrook Station

Glenbrook Station (current); see an older view of Glenbrook Station


Greens Farms Station

Greens Farms Station



Hartford Union Station

Hartford Union Station


Kent in 1965 when they ran excursions

Kent in 1965 when they ran excursions


Lakeville Station

Lakeville station



Lee Beaujon collection
See more Central New England Railway. Here is another view of the Lakeville, Connecticut train station.

Manchester

Manchester station



From one of our old postcards
No passenger service currently exists in town. Freight service from Hartford is provided by Connecticut Southern Railroad.

Meriden

Meriden Station


See another picture of the Meriden Station

Milford

Milford Station


Mystic

Mystic Station


Naugatuck Station
Naugatuck Station Naugatuck Station

Naugatuck Station: several views from Charlie Gunn

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New Britain Station

New Britain Station


Another one of my post cards

New Britain Station

New Britain Station

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New Canaan Station New Canaan Station in 1909

New Canaan Station


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New Canaan Station in 1909


From our postcard collection

New Haven Station

New Haven Station


New Haven State Street Station

New Haven State Street Station


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New London

New London Station

There is a significant photograph collection of the New London area at the Ralph E. Wadleigh Photograph Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

New London

New Milford Station

New Milford Station. Another view of the New Milford Station


Newtown Station

Newtown Station


Norfolk Train Station

Norfolk, Connecticut station on Station Place is now offices.



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Noroton Heights Station

Noroton Heights Station



Norwich

Norwich Station


Old Greenwich Station

Old Greenwich Station
See another picture of this classic salt box station


Old Saybrook Station

Old Saybrook Station


Courtesy of History Central

Old Saybrook Station

Plainfield Depot


My postcard collection

Plainville

Plainville Station


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Pomfret

Pomfret Station


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Putnam Station

Putnam Station


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Putnam Station

Putnam Station


From our postcard collection

Putnam Bridge

Putnam Bridge


One of my old postcards

Putnam Station

Putnam Station


One of my old post cards

Redding Station

Redding Station


Ridgefield Station in 1907

Ridgefield Station in 1907.


While bus service to Branchville replaced the passenger trains in 1925, freight service into the village continued until around 1961 when the last freight train pulled into Ridgefield Supply. Train service over Metro North continues to the Branchville Station also in the town (not village) of Ridgefield. Here is another view of the Ridgefield, Connecticut train station.

Riverside

Riverside Station


Rowayton

Rowayton Station


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Salisbury Station West

Salisbury station west view late 1920's



Lee Beaujon collection

Foundation of the water tower still exists. Station is now part of a home at 54 Library St.
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Seymour Station

Seymour Station


Sound View Station

Sound View Station


Sound View located was between Lyme and Old Lyme. All recent information indicates no station between Old Saybrook and New London. Do know that signal station 106 at Sound View closed in 1960.

South Norwalk
South Norwalk

South Norwalk Station See more pictures of South Norwalk Station


Southport Station Southport Station

Southport Station



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Springdale

Springdale


Springfield is in Massachusetts

Springfield is in Massachusetts, but it is the terminus of the railroad from New Haven through Hartford. Springfield was a great spot to see three railroads in action.


Stamford Station

Stamford Station (New)

Stamford Station

Stamford Station (OLD)


Stepney

Stepney Station


It exists today as an automotive repair garage

Stratford

Stratford Station


Taconic Station

Taconic CT



Bob Lord postcard

This station was formerly called Chapinville.
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Talmadge Hill

Talmadge Hill Station


Thomaston

Thomaston Station


Torrington Torrington

Torrington Station


See a picture of the Torrington Station in 1911
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1927 Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Station looking east in 1927



CNE 2004 tour guide book
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Wallingford

Wallingford Station


Waterbury Yard

Waterbury Yard (from station tower)



Photographer worked at the Waterbury Republican-American for two summers. One year he went up into the iconic clock tower that looms over the city. He took pictures and spit off of it. It was awesome.

Check another view of the Waterbury Yard

Waterbury Yard
Old postcard of Waterbury Yard

Westbrook

Westbrook Station


Westport

Westport Station


Winsted

Winsted


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Victoria Station Victoria Station was a restaurant, not a railroad station.

Other railroad-related restaurants in Connecticut:

Yankee Silversmith Inn / Restaurant has the "Silversmith Parlour Car", an old coach or dining car which serves as part of the dining room. Right on Rt 5 in Wallingford, off the Wilbur Cross Pkwy. The car at the Yankee Silversmith restaurant in Wallingford CT was originally a Philadelphia & Reading coach. It later was purchased by the Belfast & Moosehead Lake, and from there it came to Wallingford I think during the 1960s. At one time there was a "station stops" announcement recording by local rail historian Dave Peters Sr. that played in the "parlour car" as it was called. Dave announced all the stops on the Hartford line circa 1918.

Pizzaworks in Old Saybrook is housed in the former Saybrook freight house (relocated slightly from a different track alignment years ago). They have trains running around and part of the old canopy/platform visible inside. Amtrak station is about 20 feet north of the restaurant and the platforms 20 feet south. Trains go flying by at nearly 100 mph.

In Cromwell CT there is a seasonal ice cream stand in an ex Amtrak, exx PC, exxx PRR steel caboose, no number available.

See the following food/drink related cabooses in CT:

Canaan - MEC 658 - Bagel & Sandwich Shop, near Depot;

Danbury - RR? #? - Rosy Tomorrow's, 15 Old Mill Plain Rd.;

New Britain - PRR? #? - once Brass Lion, later Reno's Cafe, now closed?, 53 Pleasant St.;

New Haven - C&O #? - Picadily Square Restaurant, no reports on this one since the mid 1990s;

New Milford - B&M 463 - Dolly's Wine Boutique, Railroad St.; &

Simsbury - CV? #? - One Way Fair at Depot Restaurant, 4 Railroad St.
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1987 was a good year for Connecticut rail stations. A brand new station opened in busy Stamford, the historic Hartford station restoration was completed, and progress continued in commuter-heavy New Haven.

The Stamford project is part of the Federal Railroad Administration's 11-year old $2.19 billion program to improve rail travel from Washington to Boston. Of that amount, about $119 million was earmarked for rebuilding 15 stations. Other beneficiaries included Union Station in New Haven which opened in 1985 and New London. Hartford's $19.5 million Union Station, financed by another Federal program, recently opened after a restoration that took nearly 18 years of planning and construction.

Plans for Stamford's Transportation Center (dubbed "train station in the sky" because it sits atop the Northeast Corridor's four-track main) were first announced in 1980 but construction did not begin until 1983 because of legal site acquisition problems. But in 1984 when the station was 85% complete an engineer found a structural problem. Much of the project had to be demolished and redesigned. It became a laughing stock as well as a safety concern to commuters. Luckily, it did not become another Mianus River Bridge or L'Ambiance Plaza.

Reconstruction didn't begin until April 1986. Meanwhile commuters made do waiting in makeshift plywood shacks on the southbound platform and in the shabby 92 year old station on the northbound side.

The Federal program allocated $24 million for the Stamford station. Connecticut contributed $5 million, and the city of Stamford $11 million including land acquisition.

The station blends in well with the rest of modern downtown Stamford. It looks like a concrete cube from the street and like a girdered, glassy skywalk from the platform. The interior of the second floor concourse is cold and empty. Tickets are sold here and passengers can wait on black painted chairs. The station is designed for 15,885 Metro North and AMTRAK passengers but currently 7,900 use the terminal daily. Future plans call for additional platforms. Many feel that it is already obsolete. The 850-car parking garage is already at capacity and additional parking must be found. The surrounding towns which feed passengers are growing at a rapid rate. It is felt that the outside escalators could cause problems with breakdowns. There is a downtown bus shuttle that meets every train and was started to try and cut down on the 40000 cars that enter and leave Stamford every day at 9am and 5pm.

In the next few years, Stamford is going to need more workers but it does not have much affordable housing. It feels good rail links to areas with affordable housing will be vital. Much affordable housing remains along the Metro-North branch lines to Danbury and Waterbury. To make larger-scale commuting from areas like Waterbury, Derby and Danbury more possible, these lines must be made more efficient. More safety gates can be installed where the railroad crosses streets and raised platforms can be built to reduce "dwell" time.

Hartford's Union Station is a Romanesque-style brownstone originally conceived by famous architect George Keller in 1887. In recent years the station fell into disrepair coinciding with the decline of passenger railroading in America and with an urban exodus to suburbia. As well as preserving a beautiful building, Hartford created a transportation center in which trains, buses, cabs and airport limousines would be located centrally close to shops and restaurants.

Hartford is an important central stop in AMTRAK's Northeast Corridor, with approximately 18 trains carrying more than 800 passengers through the station each day. In addition, CONRAIL freights pass through Union Station daily, picking up and unloading freight at various rail sidings in the area. The station is owned by the Greater Hartford Transit District. This municipal corporation is composed of 13 member towns and is charged with ownership, operation and regulation of land transportation within its area. As well as Union Station, it has 24 commuter busses and 132 elderly/disabled vans.

In addition to AMTRAK, bus and taxi operators, the first floor of the station contains several restaurants, a newsstand, hair salon, gift shop and bank machines. The upper floors contain professional offices, including Halcyon Ltd., the private development partner in the station.

Private capital, including the big insurance companies headquartered in the city, assisted in the development. There is much downtown redevelopment including a proposed new office tower that will be the tallest building in New England. Perhaps the future will see growth in commutertrains. Ideal candidates to provide this service would be the SPV-2000 rail diesel cars that Connecticut purchased in 1979. Now stored in New Haven because they did not work out on the New Haven-Springfield run, they could be rebuilt for Hartford-area commuter service.

As the automobile-choked Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) becomes even more intolerable, the New Haven line of Metro North is experiencing a renaissance. Roughly 225 trains carry 85,000 riders a day. In the early 1970's, passengers on the New Haven line numbered 17 million annually; today there are 25 million. This is more than AMTRAK carries nation-wide. 54 new cars (M4 Triplets) are joining the existing fleet of 270 cars. Of Japanese extraction, these cars are built in Brooklyn.

Currently, the fare recovery on the New Haven is 47%. The 53% short fall ($84 million) is made up 60% by Connecticut and 40% by New York.

Ridership between New Haven and Grand Central increased 9.5% between 1985 and 1987 while Stamford to Grand Central only increased 6%. Ten years ago, people went to Fairfield and Norwalk to find affordable housing, now they are extending to Milford and New Haven's suburbs. For this reason New Haven is becoming more important. While most work on the station is done, the parking garage and platforms remain to be completed.

The years ahead should prove to be ones of growth in Connecticut rail travel.

By Ken Kinlock at kenkinlock@gmail.com

REFERENCE

List of Connecticut Railroads
Virtual tour of train stations
New England Train Stations
Train Stations of the United States
Railroad archives at UCONN Library
Newington Junction
Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board
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