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Metro-North Shoreliner III at Greystone, NY.
Manufacturer Bombardier
Constructed 1983 - present
Entered service 1983- present
Capacity 102-130
Operator Metro North Railroad
Line(s) served Hudson Line, New Haven Line, Harlem Line

Shoreliners are a class of locomotive-hauled rail car used by the Metro-North Railroad for service on non-electrified portions of their system. They are similar to Comet-class coaches used by New Jersey Transit, however there are several differences between the two. Ownership of the fleet is split between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, as part of the latter's operating agreement with MTA. MTA coaches have blue window bands, while CDOT coaches have red ones.

Usage patterns[edit]

The Shoreliners are primarily used on non-electric territory such as the upper Hudson Line, on the upper Harlem Line, and the New Haven Line's Danbury and Waterbury branches. They are typically operated in a push-pull configuration.

Hudson Line[edit]

Shoreliners are used north of Croton-Harmon where the territory is not electrified. Train sets of seven cars are used. Unlike the other lines almost all trains operate into Grand Central Terminal, running express after Croton.

Harlem Line[edit]

Shoreliners are used in the non-electrified territory north of Southeast. Service between Southeast and Wassaic is mostly operated using two or three car shuttle trains. During rush hour, a few trains run direct to Grand Central Terminal.

New Haven Line branches[edit]

Shoreliners operate on the Danbury and Waterbury branches, as well as to provide extra service on the main line during the day. Danbury service includes limited through-service to Grand Central during peak periods, while off-peak Danbury and all Waterbury service operates as shuttles from South Norwalk and Bridgeport respectively, though the first train departing Waterbury in the morning continues to Stamford, where it is renumbered for service to Grand Central.

Former Shore Line East Service[edit]

Before the state of Connecticut acquired used equipment for Shore Line East, several Shoreliner sets would run on SLE service. These have since been transferred to the Metro-North pool.


Shoreliners I and II[edit]

The Shoreliners I and II were built in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Based on the New Jersey Transit Comet II and nearly identical, their only difference is the type of lighting used for indicator lights. These cars have doors at each end vestibule. There is no center door. As of September 2009, both classes are undergoing rehabilitation.

Shoreliner I includes 39 cars. Shoreliner II includes 36 cars. Cars numbered in the 6200's are owned by Connecticut DOT, while all other cars are owned by the MTA.

Four of the Shoreliner I cars were originally equipped with an underfloor head-end power generator, for use behind CDOT's four rebuilt EMD F7 units which lacked HEP generators. The generators were removed when the F7s were replaced by CDOT's rebuilt GP40-2H units. These cars are identified externally by twin square windows at the center of the cars, where the air intake ductwork (to the rooftop) for the generator was located. These cars are not to be confused with Amtrak's Horizon fleet cars, which look similar.

Shoreliner III[edit]

Shoreliner IIIs date from 1991. 49 cars were built. This series is based on New Jersey Transit's Comet III. The main differences between this series and previous ones are an added center door and the restroom is located at the center of the cars that are so equipped instead of the end.

CTDOT Shoreliner, most of the Shoreliner cars have names on the side.

Shoreliner IV[edit]

The Shoreliner IV is much like the Shoreliner III but the engineers side door has been removed as a safety measure. Based on the NJ Transit Comet IV, they were built in two distinct groups between 1996 and 1998. The first order, from 1996-97, consisted of 50 cars. The second set, built for Connecticut DOT in 1998, consisted of 10 cars. This gives a total count for the order of 60 cars.

Car Names[edit]

Many of Shoreliner cars are named in honor of people and places significant to their service area, such as The Connecticut Yankee and Washington Irving.

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