Amtrak test train reaches 110 mph in Connecticut

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An Amtrak test train, consisting of a former Metroliner cab control car, an Amfleet coach, and a GE P42 diesel, rolls on new double track past the new station at Berlin, Conn., on June 8.
Scott A. Hartley
HARTFORD, Conn. – Ongoing work on Connecticut's Hartford Line corridor will soon pay off for passengers on the route. Amtrak is operating test trains at 110 mph on the route, the Connecticut Post reports. The tests are in preparation for the launch of service upgrades on June 16, which also includes state-sponsored CTrail service between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.

While Amtrak trains can operate at up to 110 mph on the upgraded route, CTrail trains are limited to 80 mph, according to the report.

The state will offer free rides over the weekend of June 16-17. When full weekday revenue service begins on June 18, 17 passenger round trips, nine Amtrak and eight CTrail, will operate between New Haven and Hartford. Twelve of those round trips will also operate north of Hartford to Springfield.

The full schedule is available at

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