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The New Haven Railroad ran some great passenger trains. The New Haven's crack train between New York (Grand Central Terminal) and Boston was the last all-parlor-car train in North America, retaining its exclusive all-first-class status until mid-1949. See the Merchants Limited, March 1949 schedule.
The Pennsylvania and the New Haven combined on this overnight train connecting Boston and Washington, DC via New York. The Federal - April, 1971
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The Penn Central was born amid great expectations and promises on February 1,1968 by the merger of the New York Central System into the Pennsylvania Railroad on that date.

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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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Former New Haven Railroad from Grand Central to Wallingford, Connecticut

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What the New Haven looked like in 1970

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New Haven Railroad in HO scale. As of the first half of 1959

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Canaan Station

Canaan Station in the 1940's

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Sadly, the right half of this historic building burned. It was torched by teenagers. They were caught and now there is a restoration program underway.

At Canaan, the Central New England Railway crossed the Housatonic Railroad.

Both became part of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad
The break-up of Conrail to CSX and Norfolk Southern is just really a continuation of a drama that has gone on for about the last 80 years.

New Haven Office Building
Budd announced the RDC in 1949.Some are still in use.
West Glenham bridge in the 1960's West Glenham bridge in the 1960's
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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See our special section on New Haven Railroad Bridges along the Shore Line
See a story about Metro-North New Haven line in the Winter of 2010-2011 because of M-2 cars being out of service, unusual snow and other accidents.

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milk train

Once upon a time, milk trains were important

There were two basic types of milk trains – the very slow all-stops local that picked up milk cans from rural platforms and delivered them to a local creamery, and those that moved consolidated carloads from these creameries to big city bottling plants. Individual cars sometimes moved on lesser trains. These were dedicated trains of purpose-built cars carrying milk. Early on, all milk was shipped in cans, which lead to specialized "can cars" with larger side doors to facilitate loading and unloading (some roads just used baggage cars). In later years, bulk carriers with glass-lined tanks were used. Speed was the key to preventing spoilage, so milk cars were set up for high speed service, featuring the same types of trucks, brakes, communication & steam lines as found on passenger cars.

George Alpert, last president of the New Haven

A story of George Alpert, the last president of the New Haven Railroad. He was president of the New Haven Railroad from 1956 to 1961 when the carrier went into bankruptcy. After he left the railroad, the Interstate Commerce Commission agreed with him that railroads like the New Haven must have federal subsidies to exist.
George Alpert. Last President of the New Haven Railroad. Talking with Albert Einstein at Brandeis University

What is left of the New Haven Railroad today? Today's operations over the New Haven

Major Passenger Carriers: Amtrak, Metro-North, MBTA, CDOT (Shore Line East)

Major Freight Carriers: CSX, Norfork Southern

Regional and Short Line Freight Railroads: New York & Atlantic, Housatonic, Naugatuck, Providence & Worcester, Pan Am Southern (Springfield Terminal), Pan Am Railways (Springfield Terminal), Pioneer Valley, Connecticut Southern, Central New England, Bay Colony, Massachusetts Coastal, New England Central (at Willimantic), Branford Steam Railroad.

Various Heritage & Recreational Passenger Operations: Berkshire Scenic, Danbury Railway Museum, Valley Railroad (a/k/a Essex Steam Train & Riverboat), Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Old Colony & Newport, Newport Dinner Train, Cape Cod Central, Branford (ex-Connecticut Company), Connecticut Trolley Museum (Connecticut Electric Railway Association).

Old Railroads of Connecticut

From 1844 to 1967, the New Haven RR was a force in New England. Well over a century ago, the Farmington Canal was converted to a railroad. Eventually it became a part of the New Haven. Naugatuck Line to Winsted. Abandoned railroads in Connecticut. Coverage of Central New England, Naugatuck, Boston, Hartford and Danbury Line.
Canal Line today through New Haven

Railroads on Cape Cod

The railroad that operated to Cape Cod was part of the New York, New Haven & Hartford. It went all the way to Provincetown. Except for short lines and tourist railroads, there isn't much left except a rich heritage.
Cape Cod

More railway stations you will enjoy. Stations on the Housatonic Line. Maps of railway stations. Railway stations along the old Central New England Railway.

The hilly Highland line is tucked away in northern Connecticut connecting Waterbury to Newington.

The Highland line (formerly the Highland Subdivision of the Hartford Division) was once fully double-tracked between Hartford and Waterbury. The section west of the junction with the Canal Line in Plainville to Waterbury was reduced to single-track in 1940. There is a significant grade going through Terryville between New Britain and Waterbury. In addition, there is a steady 1% grade on the two-mile-long Berlin Branch from Berlin to New Britain.

In summer of 1954 the Highland Line was reduced to single track from Newington Junction through New Britain to Plainville. Starting in 1955, the city of New Britain started some significant demolition ("urban renewal") projects starting with filling the Lockshop Pond and leveling significant portions of the Russell & Erwin and Corbin Screw factories to build off-street parking lots.

New Britain Station was leveled in 1956, although trains continued to stop there. By the end of the '60s, the Landers, Frary & Clark Commercial Street Factory, the Stanley Rule & Level and even the Railroad Arcade (in two different sections) would all be gone. This was long before the 1970's routing of Rt 72, or the 1980's building of Rt 9 through New Britain.

The eastern portion of the Highland Line has been abandoned and the track has been removed. There is a long railroad bridge that is still present over Route 9. The remainder of the track is still in use. New Britain Yard (and Commercial Street itself) are gone. Most of the sidings are gone, and the Whiting Street Yard only has a few tracks left. The Highland Line itself was reduced to single-track in the summer of 1954.

Passenger service under the New Haven was primarily between Hartford and Waterbury, but included service to Bridgeport (via Waterbury) and Boston (via Hartford). The passenger service included a significant amount of mail and REA express service.

Freight service included one local freight from Hartford. Through freight ran between Hartford and Maybrook (via Waterbury and Derby Junction) and New Haven (via Berlin) and Holyoke (via Plainville).

Best sources of information are New Britain Station: a story of a HO Scale model railroad; and Tyler City Station.

Another source of information is Old Railroads of Connecticut

Short Lines
All about short lines we have not covered elsewhere. Some in Connecticut, others in New York.

Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven

Driving north from New Haven, Cedar Hill yard cannot be overlooked. Its still used, but not to the extent it was 50 year ago. Imagine, over 9,000 cars handled on one day!
Cedar Hill Yard, New Haven

View a February 11, 1928 RAILWAY AGE article on Cedar Hill Yard: "How a complex yard problem has been solved"

The Train Ride to Choate

Edgar T. Mead described a trip to Choate in the 1930's. This article shows what has changed in fifty years. Rooting through old magazines on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I came to an old NRHS Bulletin (Volume 52 # 5 1987) and saw an article by Edgar T. Mead on a train trip from New York City to Choate School which is located in Wallingford, CT which he made in 1937. In 1988, I wrote an article about what we had lost or gained over 50 years. I then decided to update this for changes over the last 10 years as well as over the last 60.
Edgar T. Mead described a trip to Choate in the 1930's. This article shows what has changed on Connecticut railroads in fifty years.

The Shepaug Railroad

The Shepaug Railroad ran from Hawleyville to Litchfield in Connecticut. It was owned by the New Haven Railroad and went out of business in the 1940's
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The Trolley in Connecticut

All about the trolley and electric railroading in Connecticut. The Connecticut Company was the biggest and it was owned by the New Haven Railroad. Even today, there are two trolley museums.
The Trolley in Connecticut

Essex Steam Train: The Valley Railroad

The Essex Steam Train; New steam comes to Essex. A Great tourist railroad in Connecticut.
The Valley Railroad in Essex Connecticut. The Essex steam train

Railroads to Newport

Newport, Rhode Island is located on Aquidneck Island. The Old Colony & Newport Railway was chartered in 1863 as that islands answer to a demand for a rail connection with the rest of the country. Today, a tourist line and a dinner train survive.
Newport, Rhode Island
John W. Barriger was an outstanding railroad manager; a real live railfan; an advocate of super railroads; and a railroad historian. The New Haven's Maybrook Line and Connections

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New Haven RR L1 Santa Fe engine at the Hopewell Junction coal pocket.

Arthur Bixby Sr. Photo from the J. W. Swanberg collection

Steam engines needed lots of coal for fuel. The coal pocket was built into a natural rock cut about a half mile east of Hopewell Junction. Coal was delivered to a siding on the upper level at right. A conveyor belt moved the coal into bins on the bridge over the tracks where it could be dumped into the tender. At right is a water column for thirsty steam engines. Water was pumped from Fishkill Creek at the east end of the yard and stored in two large tanks on the upper level at right. These structures are gone but the foundations are still in the woods east of Hopewell yard.

Photo courtesy of Bernie Rudberg

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See some historic photographs of the New Haven Railroad's electrification. Old Cos Cob generation plant. Electrics in New Haven, New York City, and in between!
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Cedar Hill Yard Driving north from New Haven, Cedar Hill yard cannot be overlooked. Its still used, but not to the extent it was 50 year ago. Imagine, over 9,000 cars handled on one day! Cedar Hill was built between 1910 and 1920. Cedar Hill became in the 1920's the keystone of the whole New Haven Railroad freight operation. It seems to have started out as a more local facility, then grown into that larger role. Or was the idea of making it the center part of the original intention?
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We have a really new and really cool feature about the Central New England Railway / New Haven Railroad. It is a Journal of the Maybrook Yard. All kinds of previously unpublished and fascinating things!
Penn Central New Haven Railroad New York Central Railroad Interested in Penn Central? New York Central? Pennsylvania Railroad? New Haven Railroad? or in the smaller Eastern US railroads? Then you will be interested in "What if the Penn Central Merger Did Not Happen". You will also enjoy "Could George Alpert have saved the New Haven?" as well as "What if the New Haven never merged with Penn Central?"
ALCO F units at Hopewell Junction

ALCO F units at Hopewell Junction

Jack Shufelt collection

These ALCO F units are under the route 82 overpass in Hopewell Junction on the Maybrook Line. There are no leaves on the trees so it must be winter. From the angle of the sun it must be late afternoon. With two B units this, photo was taken well after these units were introduced in 1947. Early units had only one B unit. Later units generally had two B units in the consist with the purchase of more B units in 1951. The green paint also indicates 1951 or later up to about 1959 when the paint was again changed to the “McGinnis” color scheme. These units stopped running on the Maybrook Line in 1964 when 30 of them were traded in for new GE and ALCO locomotives.

Click Here or on picture at left to see more about Hopewell Junction.
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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.
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Naugatuck Line: Torrington Station

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