Infobox rail line
name = Waterbury Branch
image_width = 250px
caption = Metro-North F10 413 in Bridgeport pulling Train 1926.
status = Operational
Naugatuck River Valleyof Connecticut, USA
start = Waterbury (North)
end = Bridgeport (South)
stations = 7
open = 1849
Penn Central(1969-1971) ConnDOT(1971-present)
Penn Central(1969-1976) Conrail(operator 1976-1983) Metro-North Railroad( 1983-present)
linelength = 45.9 km (28.5 mi)
gauge = RailGauge|sg
infobox rdt|Waterbury Branch map|
Metro-North Railroad's Waterbury Branch is a branch of the New Haven Line, running north from a junction east of Stratford, Connecticutto Waterbury. Originally built as the Naugatuck Railroad, it once continued north to Winsted, Connecticut. The part north of Waterbury is now leased from CDOT by the Railroad Museum of New England, which operates excursion trains from Thomaston station; that part is still called the Naugatuck Railroad reporting mark|NAUG. The trackage ends in Torrington, Connecticutbut Metro North service on the branch ends at Waterbury.
*Bridgeport - transfer available to the
New Haven Lineas well as Amtrakand Shore Line East
*Stratford "(one AM inbound, one PM run outbound)":splits from
New Haven Line
In addition, one morning train continues to Stamford.
The stations on the Waterbury Branch have two major differences in comparison to most other stations in the Metro-North system. None have ticket machines, making it possible to buy fares on board with no surcharge. Also, outside of Waterbury, all stations have low-level platforms (with the exception of Merritt 7 on the
Danbury Branch, no other regular stations east of the Hudson have such platforms).
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