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Weekly News Roundup, 1/8 Trains

A quick news roundup for the week… Idiots park running SUV on railroad tracks A stupid couple started off the new year right by leaving their SUV on the railroad tracks just west of Fairfield station. As expected, alcohol played a part in the driver’s complete lack of judgement. Branchville’s Whistle Stop Bakery The Connecticut Post had a nice little interview with Lolly Turner, the woman that converted the old, “beat-up” and “falling apart” Branchville station into a successful bakery. “We’ve taken a piece of history and turned it into a viable business. I think it’s a wonderful thing we’ve...

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The branches of the New Haven Line, in pictures Trains Photos

Yesterday I featured the only outstanding New Haven Line branch station on our Tuesday Tour, Springdale. Now that the branches are complete, I thought it might be nice to post one of my favorite images from each station in a single gallery. It gives you a quick idea of what each branch is like, and a glimpse into the life of a commuter from each station. The locales photographed vary from outstanding examples of historical stations and well-known landmarks, to bare-bones, concrete platforms that are just barely stations. Each branch terminates at a historically-important station, though only one of the...

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Tuesday Tour of the New Haven Line: Branchville Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

In my endeavor to finish up the Danbury Branch on these Tuesday tours, today we’ll make a quick visit to the small station known as Branchville. Located in the Branchville section of Ridgefield, the name derives from the branch rail line that once ran through here to Ridgefield village (that branch is now a rail trail). Branchville station is located 54 miles from Grand Central Terminal, and the platform is long enough to accommodate three train cars. Branchville’s station building, completed in 1905, still stands and has been occupied since the 80’s by the Whistle Stop Bakery. The History of...

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