Old Saybrook (Amtrak station)
Old Saybrook Station in March 2011
|Location||455 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
|Platforms||1 side platform and 1 island platform|
|Connections||Estuary Transit District|
|Electrified||25,000V (AC) overhead catenary|
|Passengers (2013)||60,310 7.7% (Amtrak)|
Located on the Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger railway in the United States, Old Saybrook station serves some of the rail services that pass through the station. Only a select few trains on Amtrak's Northeast Regional train line stop at Old Saybrook. No high-speed Acela Express trains serve the station but some stop at the following southbound and northbound stations, New Haven and New London, respectively. However, all Shore Line East commuter rail trains stop at Old Saybrook; it serves as the eastern terminus for some trains. (New London is the eastern terminus of the line, with approximately half terminating there.)
Old Saybrook features a common track setup, with one island platform and one side platform. Unlike the two-track commuter-rail-only stations on the 81.6 km (50.7 mile) stretch of the Northeast Corridor between New Haven and New London, there are three tracks at Old Saybrook, in order to handle terminal trains on Shore Line East.
The "V" shaped wood frame station at Saybrook Junction, constructed in 1873 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, originally served that company as well as the Connecticut Valley Railroad. Passengers of both lines used separate platforms but shared the waiting room.
Ridership increases have rendered the station's parking lot insufficient, causing commuters to park along roads in town. The town of Old Saybrook is pressuring the Connecticut Department of Transportation to add parking space.
- Estuary Transit District Shoreline route, Riverside route, Southeast route, Mid-Shore route
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Shore Line East/Westbound timetable Shore Line East Retrieved 2007-07-22
- Amtrak - Old Saybrook, CT TrainWeb Retrieved 2007-07-22
- Great American Stations. Accessed March 6, 2013.
- "New England Dispatch". Railpace Newsmagazine. August 2008.
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