Shore Line East

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Shore Line East (SLE) is a commuter rail service operating in southern Connecticut, USA. A fully owned subsidiary of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), SLE provides service seven days a week along the Northeast Corridor from New London west to New Haven, with continuing service to Bridgeport and Stamford, and connecting service to New York, New York via the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line. It operates along tracks owned by Amtrak (New London to New Haven) and the state of Connecticut (New Haven to Stamford).


The section of the Northeast Corridor SLE operates on was once the New York-Boston mainline of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. This line (northeast of the junction with the New York and Harlem Railroad in Woodlawn) was referred to as the Shore Line, to distinguish it from the Main Line to Springfield, Massachusetts.

In recognition of the large role played by the New Haven in the history and heritage of the state of Connecticut, ConnDOT paints SLE's diesel-powered locomotives in the New Haven's colors and "NH" markings.

Shore Line East is not the first commuter train to run this route. The New Haven Railroad operated local service on this route up until its merger with Penn Central. In 1976, Amtrak brought the service back with the Clamdigger, a service running between New Haven and Providence. The train itself, however, was operated with only one or two Rail Diesel Cars.

SLE was established as a temporary service...
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