The Housatonic yard/engine house at Canaan CT 7/04
Alco RS3M #9935 at Lenox MA '06
EMD GP35 #3602 at Canaan CT '08
At Canaan CT 7/11/08
This page was last updated: January 28, 2018
The original Housatonic Railroad was chartered in 1836 and was acquired by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1892. At that time, the railroad was 175 miles long, with 60 passenger depots. The last passenger train ran on April 30, 1971. The railroad was then land-banked until 1983 when the line from Canaan to New Milford, Connecticut was reopened and the Housatonic Railroad name was used again. The railroad expanded to Pittsfield, MA in 1991 and expanded again in 1992 to include the line from Derby, Connecticut to Beacon, New York. The railroad now consists of 161 miles of rail lines devoted to freight transportation.