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Valley Railroad (Essex) Snow Plow Extra

After a blizzard which dumped 2 feet of snow on southeastern Connecticut, the Valley Railroad operated a plow extra on Thursday morning, January 29, 2015.
A 100 year old plow and a 75 year old locomotive
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New M-8 rail cars now running on Metro-North’s New Canaan branch

 New M-8 rail cars have begun operating on MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Canaan branch, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

The cars will affect two morning departures from New Caanan and two evening departures from Grand Central Terminal. The addition of the new cars is “an important step toward improving the safety and enhancing the experience for Metro-North commuters,” Malloy said in a press release.

“It is also part of the ongoing dialogue we need to have with Connecticut residents about how we can transform our roads, our rail, and our infrastructure to meet the demands of our changing and evolving economy,” he said.

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The new cars will help meet increasing demand on the New Haven Line branch, Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) officials said. According to a department study, the projected effect will be a 44 percent increase in branch ridership over the next 15 years.

Nearly all New Haven Line trains now are operating with the M-8s. Cars for the New Haven Line will continue to be delivered with all 380 electric models accepted, with the first two of 25 new, single, non-powered cars already in service at the New Canaan branch. About 94 percent of the mainline electric trains are M-8s and 100 percent of the regularly scheduled weekend mainline electric trains are M-8s, CTDOT officials said.

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Massachusetts Governor and Staff Look at Housatonic Railroad for Passenger Travel

ImageView of the railroad going through the village of Housatonic.

The stations are circled. The left one is the passenger station, the right is the freight station.

Massachusetts officials are considering a proposal to return passenger-rail service to the Housatonic Railroad.Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard Davey and other MassDOT officials joined Governor Patrick  for a 37-mile tour to observe the line’s condition in key areas.

The Housatonic Railroad, which runs from Pittsfield to Sheffield at the Massachusetts-Connecticut state border, currently is used for freight service between Pittsfield and points south into Connecticut. A proposal to return passenger-rail service to the 90-mile corridor between Pittsfield and Danbury, Conn., has been discussed for the past several years. In Danbury, riders could connect with Metro North Railroad and reach New York City.

Restoring passenger-rail service would cost about $113 million for track rehabilitation, signal system installation, grade crossing improvements, and construction or reconstruction of six stations along the corridor within Massachusetts, administration officials said.

Although Massachusetts could afford the investment on its end, Connecticut also would have to commit to sharing in the cost in order for passenger service to reach New York City, Patrick said after the tour, according to local news media reports.

In January, MassDOT received federal highway discretionary funds to support a station location and design analysis study for passenger service.

 

Connecticut is just getting over the BIG Snowstorm

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Hudson and Harlem Lines Continue to Operate on Monday

NORWALK — On Monday morning, Feb. 11, regular weekday train schedules will remain in effect on Metro-North Railroad’s entire Hudson and Harlem lines, as well as on the New Haven Line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.

And for the first time since the blizzard of 2013 hit, trains will operate between New Haven and Stamford at about half of the normal weekday rush hour service level. Train service also will resume on the Danbury and New Canaan branches, but not the Waterbury branch.

On the Danbury Branch, four of the five regular trains will operate. The 6:18 a.m. departure from Danbury will not operate.

Don’t miss the Connecticut Trolley Museum

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Welcome to our Unofficial Connecticut Trolley Museum WebSite

This old car shown above is now at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Before going to Montréal, it worked in Springfield, Mass. Number 2056 is a steel lightweight built by Wason in 1927 and acquired in 1959.

There is a lot more to see at the museum than in the past. There are trolley movies. The adjacent Fire Museum is now included in your admission. Like always, you can ride the trolley all day.But don’t just read it here, see their WebSite then take a trip to the museum.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of streetcars from the 1890s to 1950s, many of which are available for rides. At the Connecticut Trolley Museum, we provide a historically accurate educational experience through the interpretation, preservation, restoration and operation of an electric railway.

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Come visit our exhibit in the Display Hall of the Visitor Center. It takes you on a journey of how the electric trolley evolved from the horsecar to the PCC. Also, learn how society was impacted by amusement parks (trolley parks), streetcar suburbs, and the growth of mill towns.

An Insider’s View of the Connecticut Trolley Museum

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The Connecticut Trolley Museum has over 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869. During your visit, you can see historic passenger and freight street “trolley” cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut. You will also find examples from Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and even Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.