New Haven and Northampton Company

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New Haven and Northampton Company
Locale New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts
Dates of operation 1848–1887
Successor NYNH&H
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The New Haven and Northampton Company was a railroad built in a canal bed in 1848 and was one of the many lines consolidated into the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad on April 1, 1887.

Corporate history[edit]

The former New Haven and Northampton depot in Northampton, Massachusetts, ca. 1880s

The New York and New Haven Railroad leased the first few sections soon after they opened, obtaining the line to Plainville in 1848 and the extension to Granby plus several branches in 1850. In 1869, the leases expired, and the railroad was independent until 1887 when the New Haven leased the whole line.


The railroad was built along the right-of-way next to the former Farmington Canal and ran from New Haven north to Northampton, Massachusetts and beyond to the Fitchburg Railroad's Troy and Greenfield Railroad. Most of the line is no longer in use, except for two segments. The first is operated by Pan Am Railways and extends from I-84 in Southington, CT to Robertson Field in Plainville, CT. The second portion is used by the Pioneer Valley Railroad and begins in Westfield, MA with track extending north toward Easthampton.


Much of the abandoned right-of-way is now being converted for the Farmington Canal Trail, excepting the parts which still see trains.

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