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The Canal Line Railroad in Connecticut and Massachusetts - Home Page

updated August 29, 2020

Your Help Is Needed!

If you have any photos or information on the Canal Line railroad please pass them on. The only way to preserve information about this former rail line is for people to share their memories. Let me know. I also need someone to volunteer to research and write a brief history of the rail line for this site. Please let me know if you are interested.


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Southern Connecticut: New Haven and Hamden
Central Connecticut: Cheshire and Southington
Northern Connecticut: Plainville, Avon, Farmington, Simsbury, Granby
Massachusetts: Southampton


NHRHTA Southern Canal Line Page - this provides photo references to the "Shoreliner" magazine photos and articles on the line but in central and northern CT only
The Farmington Canal Rail to Trail Association - Official Site - includes maps through the southern end of the line.
Farmington Valley Greenway - History - Central Connecticut (Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Suffield and East Granby) recreational trail site including Farmington Canal history.
The Farmington Canal As A Connecticut Example of Internal Improvement - An excellent history of the Farmington Canal from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Farmington Canal Linear State Park Trail - from
Farmington Valley Greenway

New York Times Article - September 28, 2008.

Information About the Engineering of the Northampton Canal
"The Republican" Saturday, January 10, 2009. The Republican is a Springfield, MA newspaper. - 1a_canal.pdf / 2_canal.pdf


Unfortunately the Southern Canal Line History thread on the Railroad Net is unfortunately No longer Available.This was an excellent source of oral history that no longer exists.

IF you have any information about the southern end of the Canal Line in Connecticut please do not hesitate to contact me. Only by the sharing of our resources will others be able to enjoy the line's history.

Website by Craig S. O'Connell