Passenger Rail History

Passenger rail service in the Connecticut River Valley region of western Massachusetts started in 1845 when the Connecticut River Railroad completed a “rail road” between Springfield and Northampton.

Service operated until the late 1960s when the Boston and Maine Railroad discontinued its passenger rail service north of Springfield.

Amtrak resumed service on the line in 1972 with an overnight train known as “The Montrealer.”

Operation of the Montrealer was suspended north of Springfield in 1987 due to deteriorating track conditions on portions of the rail line in southern Vermont.

Amtrak resumed operation of the Montrealer in July 1989 on a route via New London, Connecticut that bypassed both Springfield and Northampton. This service operated until it was replaced by Amtrak’s Vermonter service in 1995.

Here are three historic timetables that provide some detail of passenger rail service that once operated in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts.

 

Amtrak Montrealer timetable - 1986-04-27
The Montrealer | eff. April 27, 1986
(Amtrak)

 

Springfield Line - 1960-10-30
Springfield Line | eff. October 30, 1960
(Boston and Maine Railroad / New Haven Railroad)

 

Boston & Maine Railroad timetable - 1948-04-25
Greenfield – Springfield – New York | eff. April 25, 1948
(Boston and Maine Railroad / New Haven Railroad)

 

Additional historical detail will be added to this section at a later date.

 


Further reading

Connecticut River Main Line (Wikipedia)

The Montrealer (Wikipedia)

Vermonter (Wikipedia)

 

 

Page last updated: August 29, 2016
Page last reviewed: August 15, 2016