Riding Danbury and Waterbury in same trip?

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Re: Riding Danbury and Waterbury in same trip?

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Thu May 10, 2012 7:31 pm

One important tip to remember when riding the Waterbury Branch; unlike most of the lines, you have more people who seem a bit on the shady side. Just be careful on the train too.

The Waterbury Branch is my most favorite one, scenery wise. You run parallel to rivers on all of the line; between Devon and Derby-Shelton, you run alongside the Houstatonic in many parts, and north of Shelton, you run parallel to the Naugatuck River. A lot of stops are in old factory towns, such as Ansonia. Just north of Ansonia, you pass through a tunnel that connects old warehouse buildings.

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Re: Riding Danbury and Waterbury in same trip?

Post by Noel Weaver » Fri May 11, 2012 8:44 am

njt/mnrrbuff wrote:One important tip to remember when riding the Waterbury Branch; unlike most of the lines, you have more people who seem a bit on the shady side. Just be careful on the train too.

The Waterbury Branch is my most favorite one, scenery wise. You run parallel to rivers on all of the line; between Devon and Derby-Shelton, you run alongside the Houstatonic in many parts, and north of Shelton, you run parallel to the Naugatuck River. A lot of stops are in old factory towns, such as Ansonia. Just north of Ansonia, you pass through a tunnel that connects old warehouse buildings.

There are no tunnels on the Waterbury Branch. At Ansonia you will pass between two abandoned factories which were once a part of the vast American Brass presence in the Naugatuck Valley but it is between two buildings and there was and is no roof overhead.
All three branches on the New Haven are interesting to ride. The New Canaan could remind you of a country interurban in places while the Danbury Branch has grades, scenery and back yards as well and was at one time electrified. The Waterbury was double track until the second track came out in stages beginning in 1950 and at one time was a very busy freight and passenger line with lots of interesting stuff all of which is history today. With regard to Metro-North you could probably say that the Waterbury is the least important of the three branches but back in the days of the New Haven Railroad the Waterbury was by far the most important of the three branches. The freight business on this line was huge, important and very profitable.
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Re: Riding Danbury and Waterbury in same trip?

Post by 7express » Tue May 22, 2012 1:26 am

Doing Danbury and Waterbury (and New Canaan if you want to) are pretty easy to do in 1 day and you don't even have to start all that early. If you want a challenge however, see if you can do Wassaic as well in the same day.

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