is a common-carrier short line railroad that operates over the Department’s Torrington Branch between Waterbury and Torrington (19.5 miles).It is primarily a historic tourist passenger railroad, operating out of Thomaston, providing sightseeing tours along the Naugatuck River.
Support efforts to increase clearances to 19’ 6 “or above on rail lines not encumbered by overhead catenary wire to permit the movement of larger cars in Connecticut that would allow a railroad with the ability to increase service or capture additional markets; and Revitalize intermodal facilities/and inland ports in the state to serve the rapidly growing container segment of rail traffic that will help remove long-haul trucks from highways and deliver products to consumers faster.
The major impediment to the revival of this route is the removal of track in East Longmeadow and Springfield during the 1990’s, and the selling off portions of the right-of-way for parking areas.
The State of Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) would likely be involved in discussions regarding future restoration of rail service on the former track bed of the Armory Branch. CSX serves 23 states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
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