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The Waterbury Branch is a branch of the Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line, running north from a junction in the Devon section of Milford to Waterbury. Originally built as the Naugatuck Railroad, it once continued north to Winsted. The part north of Waterbury is now leased from CDOT by the Railroad Museum of New England, which operates excursion trains from Thomaston station through their operating subsidiary Naugatuck Railroad (reporting mark NAUG); this name was chosen in homage of the original railroad. The trackage ends in Torrington but Metro North service on the branch ends at Waterbury. There are conceptual plans to extend service from its current terminus in Waterbury to Hartford via Bristol and New Britain. Currently, riders that want to continue to New Britain and Hartford have to transfer to an express bus operated by CTtransit at Waterbury. Except for one weekday morning peak train that operates from Waterbury to Stamford, all trains on this branch operate as shuttles between Waterbury and Bridgeport.

Waterbury Branch
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Metro-North FP10 No. 413 in Bridgeport pulling Train 1926 in 2005.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail
SystemMetro-North Railroad
StatusOperational
LocaleNaugatuck River Valley of Connecticut, USA
TerminiBridgeport
Waterbury
Stations6
Operation
Opened1849
OwnerNaugatuck Railroad (1849–1887)
NYNH&H (1887–1969)
Penn Central (1969–1971)
ConnDOT (1971–present)
Operator(s)Penn Central (1969–1976)
Conrail (1976–1983)
Metro-North Railroad (1983–present)
CharacterSingle track, diesel motive power
Rolling stockGE Genesis P32AC-DM
Brookville BL20GH
Shoreliner coaches
Technical
Line length28.5 mi (45.87 km)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
ElectrificationNone
Route map

87.5 mi
140.8 km
Waterbury
82.5 mi
132.8 km
Naugatuck
78.5 mi
126.3 km
Beacon Falls
75.0 mi
120.7 km
Seymour
71.1 mi
114.4 km
Ansonia
69.5 mi
111.8 km
Derby–Shelton
Devon Transfer
closed
Housatonic River
Railroad Bridge
59.0 mi
95 km
Stratford
55.4 mi
89.2 km
Bridgeport
AmtrakShore Line EastGreyhound Lines
33.0 mi
53.1 km
Stamford
AmtrakShore Line EastGreyhound Lines
Distances shown are from
Grand Central Terminal

HistoryEdit

In 1906, work on double-tracking the branch between Seymour and Waterbury was underway.[1]

In September 2015, it was announced that out of Governor Malloy's 30 year-$100 Billion transportation plan, $350 Million has been included to improve service along the branch.[2] The upgrades include a new signal system with multiple passing sidings to increase service, newer equipment, and station rehabilitation.[3] Currently, only one train is allowed on the branch at a time. The signalization of the line will allow for multiple trains to safely be on the branch at a time, while allowing for increased capacity and safer train operation. Four passing sidings, at Devon, Derby, Beacon Falls, and Waterbury, will be built, and they are expected to be completed in 2018. Work began on a siding just north of the Derby–Shelton station and is expected to be completed in late 2015.[3][needs update] Some of the 16 grade crossings on the line will be permanently closed, while others will have gates and flashers installed to prevent accidents. The entire project will be completed in November 2020 and will cost $73 million. CTDOT also purchased locomotives from NJ Transit that, once overhauled, will be put into branch line service.[4]

StationsEdit

The following connecting services are available to Amtrak,[5] Metro-North Railroad,[6] Shore Line East,[7] CT Transit,[8] and Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority.[9]

Zone Milepost (km) Station Location Date opened Date closed Connections
16 33.0 (53.1) Stamford   (limited service) Stamford 1849 Amtrak: Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Vermonter
Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line, New Canaan Branch
CTrail: Shore Line East (limited service)
CTtransit Stamford: 311, 312, 313, 321, 322, 323, 331, 332, 333, 334, 341, 342, 343, 344, I-BUS Express, Stamford Commuter Shuttle, Bulls Head, North, Route 1 East
Greyhound Lines, Peter Pan Bus Lines, UConn Stamford Shuttle
19 55.4 (89.2) Bridgeport   Bridgeport 1840[10] Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter
Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line
CTrail: Shore Line East (limited service)
Greater Bridgeport Transit: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19X, 22X, 23, Coastal Link
Greyhound Lines
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry
20 59.0 (95.0) Stratford (limited service) Stratford Metro-North Railroad: New Haven Line
CTrail: Shore Line East (limited service)
Greater Bridgeport Transit: 1, 10, 16, 23, Coastal Link
51 69.5 (111.8) Derby–Shelton Derby 1849 Greater Bridgeport Transit: 15, 23
CTtransit New Haven: 255
71.1 (114.4) Ansonia Ansonia 1849 CTtransit New Haven: 255
75.0 (120.7) Seymour Seymour 1849 CTtransit New Haven: 255
78.5 (126.3) Beacon Falls Beacon Falls 1849
82.5 (132.8) Naugatuck Naugatuck 1849 CTtransit Waterbury: N1, N2, T74
87.5 (140.8) Waterbury Waterbury 1849 CTfastrak: 925, 928

Rolling stockEdit

 
Waterbury Branch train with depowered SPV-2000 coaches at Waterbury in 2003

The Waterbury Branch uses 2008 Brookville BL20GH and GE Genesis P32AC-DM locomotives and Shoreliner passenger coaches. It has also used Mafersa coaches originally purchased for service on Shore Line East. Prior to the arrival of push-pull coaches, the branch used self-propelled Budd RDC and SPV-2000 railcars, the later of which were later converted to coaches. A typical shuttle consists of three cars.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thirty-Fifth Year General Statement On The Affairs Of The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company For The Year Ending June 30, 1906. New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company. 1906. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Waterbury Branch Commuters Using Metro-North to Hear Details On Connecticut". Fox Business. September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Metro-North Waterbury branch rail line improvements underway". Shelton Herald. May 10, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Let's Go CT Transportation Ramp Up Dashboard". www.letsgoct.com. Connecticut Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/timetables/Amtrak-System-Timetable-060118.pdf
  6. ^ http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/NH_MF_Sept_30_2018.pdf
  7. ^ https://shorelineeast.com/images/docs/SLE-Timetable.pdf#view=FitH
  8. ^ "CT Transit Stamford System Map" (PDF). CT transit. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "System Map - Mapa de sistema". GBT. November 5, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Bridgeport, CT (BRP)". Great American Stations. Retrieved March 1, 2013.

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