Shoreline East

Shoreline East commuter service operates a single route from New Haven, Connecticut to New London, Connecticut and is the rail operating arm of Connecticut Department of Transport. Some services extend to and from Stamford, Connecticut during the morning and evening peak. Until early 2008 Shoreline East had only operated a Monday to Friday service however increasing ridership and a forward thinking administration decided to launch a weekend and holiday service over the core New Haven to Old Saybrook route. Full details of services can be found at www.shorelineeast.com .

Since start up of services Shoreline East has used six GP40-2H locomotives which were rebuilt by Alstom in 1995/96. Recently a joint order was placed by New York’s Metropolitan Transport Authority and Connecticut Department of Transport with the Brookville Equipment Corporation for a number of GP20BLH locomotives to replace other older locomotive types and a batch of eight ex Amtrak DASH8-P40B locomotives which had been leased by Connecticut Department of Transport to fill the motive power gap. Deployment of the new locomotives has yet to be determined however trials of single locomotives on Shoreline East’s route have shown that the new power cannot meet the schedules currently in force with the GP40-2H locomotives. Trials with pairs have also proved inconclusive and the new power would appear to be a poor purchase. Time will tell.

Locomotive details are as follows:

  DesignationRoad NumberHorsepowerBuild Date
GP40-2H6694 to 66992000hp1995 to 1996
GP20BLH125 to 1302000hp2008



Shoreline East GP40-2H no. 6695 departs Stamford on the morning of 29th April 2004 with empties to New Haven, CT. Photograph by Simon Bennett.


The new order for Shoreline East? Seen in Metro North Commuter Railroad colours Brookville Equipment Corporation GP20BLH no. 111 is seen at Bridgeport with the 8.00am departure to Waterbury, CT on 13th October 2008. The Connecticut Department of Transport locomotives are painted in the New Haven paint scheme seen on the GP40-2H in the other picture and are numbered 125 to 130. Photograph courtesy of Bob Hannaford.

Last updated 22/11/08

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