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Metro-North F10 413 in Bridgeport pulling Train 1926.
|Locale||Naugatuck River Valley of Connecticut, USA|
|Stations||7 (+ 1 limited)|
|Owner||Naugatuck Railroad (1849-1887)
Penn Central (1969-1971)
|Operator(s)||Penn Central (1969-1976)
Metro-North Railroad (1983-present)
|Character||Single track, diesel motive power|
|Rolling stock||GE Genesis P32AC-DM
|Line length||28.5 mi (45.87 km)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
Metro-North Railroad's Waterbury Branch is a branch of the New Haven Line, running north from a junction in the Devon section of Milford to Waterbury. Originally built as the Naugatuck Railroad, it once continued north to Winsted. 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 but Metro North service on the branch ends at Waterbury. There are conceptual plans to extend service from its current terminus in Waterbury to Hartford via Bristol and New Britain.
In 2015, it was reported that up to $70 million has been set aside for potential Waterbury Branch improvements that include the construction of a new signal system and bypass sidings in Beacon Falls and Derby. A timeframe as to when construction would begin has not been determined.
Except for one weekday off-peak train that operates from Stamford to Waterbury, all trains on this branch operate as shuttles between Waterbury and Bridgeport.
The stations on the Waterbury Branch have two major differences in comparison to most other stations in the Metro-North system. None have station houses or ticket machines, making it possible to buy fares on board with no surcharge. All stations, except for Waterbury, 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).
|Connections / notes|
|19||Bridgeport||55.4 (89.2)||1840|| Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter
Metro-North: New Haven Line
Shore Line East (limited service)
Greater Bridgeport Transit: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19X, 22X, 23, Coastal Link
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry
|20||Stratford||59.0 (95.0)|| Metro-North: New Haven Line
Shore Line East (limited eastbound service)
Greater Bridgeport Transit: 1, 10, 16, 23, Coastal Link
Limited service (one train, peak direction)
|Fairfield County / New Haven County border|
|Waterbury Branch splits from the New Haven Line in Milford|
|51||Derby–Shelton||69.5 (111.8)||1849|| Greater Bridgeport Transit: 15, 23
CT Transit New Haven: F
|Ansonia||71.1 (114.4)||1849||CT Transit New Haven: F|
|Seymour||75.0 (120.7)||1849||CT Transit New Haven: F|
|Beacon Falls||78.5 (126.3)||1849|
|Naugatuck||82.5 (132.8)||1849||CT Transit Waterbury: N1, N2, T74|
|Waterbury||87.5 (140.8)||1849||CT Transit Waterbury: 40|
The Waterbury Branch uses 2008 Brookville BL20GH and GE Genesis P32AC-DM locomotives and Shoreliner passenger coaches. It has also used Mafersa coaches originally purchased for service on Shore Line East. Prior to the arrival of push-pull coaches, the branch used Budd RDCs and SPV-2000s. A typical shuttle consists of three cars.