Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by Scalziand
 
Resumption of train service was pushed back to today, Oct 4, still with the two replacement buses in the schedule. The two buses were part of the pandemic schedule pre-trackwork this summer. The first bus is at the same time, give or take a couple minutes. the second bus is pushed back just under half an hour.
Pre-work schedule- http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/s ... 312021.pdf
Current schedule-https://new.mta.info/document/48706
  by BM6569
 
How much of the line is currently double tracked? Any of it? Must be some passing sidings?

"State officials plan to add a second track to the Waterbury branch of the Metro-North Railroad in the coming months, a build-out expected to increase the number of weekday trains on the line from 15 to 22.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced the project Monday during a visit to the Metro-North train station in Ansonia, one of the communities served by the Waterbury branch, together with Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Derby and Waterbury itself.

“I have been laser-focused on improving rail and transportation throughout the state since I came into office, and the Waterbury branch is a prime example of infrastructure in the state that needs significant upgrades,” Lamont said. “We are building a transportation system that will lead to more jobs, economic growth and more money in people’s pockets.”

The expansion will be paid for with $1.23 million in state funds and a matching amount of federal dollars."

https://www.hartfordbusiness.com/articl ... rth-branch
  by GirlOnTheTrain
 
There's a passing siding in Ansonia. Hardly "double tracked".

There's decrepit remnants of double track in places like Naugatuck and in the vicinity of South Leonard Street in Waterbury.
  by Train322
 
"Signaled passing sidings were added at Beacon Falls and Derby. Existing sidings just south of Waterbury and just north of the branch’s junction with the New Haven Line at Devon"

From the article about it.

I think the line may have been double tracked completely and was double tracked into the sixties up to Ansonia (based on a 1964 New Haven schedule that I have) and within Waterbury but I don't know the entire history.
  by njtmnrrbuff
 
Those existing sidings that were around before the new sidings were built weren't in service for passenger operations. Basically once all of the sidings are ready for the brand new train service to begin, passengers who depend on the WBL will have more options. I wonder if there are people living along the branch who work in Waterbury who use the train?
  by Train322
 
So they must have removed the second track between Waterbury and Ansonia between 1948 and 1955 because a 1955 NH schedule with map shows single from Ansonia to just south of Waterbury
  by NH2060
 
If any double tracking lasted until the mid-50s perhaps it was washed away/damaged along with most of the ROW from the August 1955 foods and when the time came to rebuild the NH opted to keep it as a single track due to dwindling freight and passenger traffic. When passenger service resumed the number of trains was cut from 6 round trips to 4 and most of not all of them were RDC shuttles.

I wonder if by “double track” the journalist meant passing tracks. The media tends to use loose language when describing all things railroads.
  by GirlOnTheTrain
 
The double tracking basically ended with the flood in 1955. If you search around Noel Weaver (RIP) was our resident Waterbury expert and has discussed it.
  by robelybasis
 
I've heard about new stations for Derby & Ansonia with high/heated platforms and TVMs and other numerous improvements to stations along the line with the Infra deal. Can anyone give any more info about that project and how the infra deal could directly fund that?
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