|Train Travel in New England|
|Amtrak rail passenger service can be useful if you're planning to see New England without your own car. There are other useful train services as well, and nostalgic train excursions.|
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Ten passenger railroads and four freight railroads share the tracks between Boston, New York and Washington DC, which carry 2,100 trains per day. Nine of the passenger railroads are for commuters, the tenth is Amtrak, the US national rail passenger system.
Amtrak Trains - New England
The USA's national rail passenger service runs useful trains along the "Northeast Corridor" from Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Philadelphia PA via New York City's Pennsylvania Station to New Haven and Hartford CT, Springfield MA, Providence RI, and Boston MA. More...
Besides Amtrak service from New York City's Penn Station, there is Metro North train service from New York City's Grand Central Terminal to New Haven CT (the New Haven Line), every hour on the hour from 7 am until after midnight on weekdays, with extra trains put on during the peak morning and evening hours.
Service on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays is almost as frequent, with a train at least every two hours. The trip from Grand Central to New Haven takes 1-3/4 hours. See the Metro North Railroad website for more.
You can continue your train journey eastward along the Connecticut shoreline on a Connecticut Shore Line East commuter train from New Haven to New London. Amtrak trains also run this route, but less frequently, with fewer stops.
See the Shore Line East website for more.
MBTA Commuter Rail trains connect Boston with suburban communities on the North Shore and South Shore of Massachusetts Bay, inland westward as far as Worcester, and south as far as Providence RI and T F Green Airport (PVD). More...
Are trains more than just transportation to you? New England has a number of good railroad museums and excursion trains. More...
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