This topic has been talked about before in detail, so please look at some of the other threads.
To summarize briefely:
- Middletown to Hartford line is owned by CT DOT. The P&W got them to spend some money on ties, etc. some years ago.
The P&W used to to transport gons from MidState before the roof colapsed in a snow storm.
- Lost business, add the power plant that converted to pipeline oil some years ago.
- Airline detour
- a. East of Portland it was converted to a trail, so that ROW is gone forever
- b. Could be used with Valley Line to Saybrook, but line between Middletown & Haddam is out of service, except for the efforts of the Friends of the Valley RxR who have most of it open for speeder use. BTW, that line is also owed by the state. There is a study under way as to what it should be used for: freight, passengers (Valley RxR) or conversion to a trail.