njt/mnrrbuff wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:21 am Sometime this year, I might take a trip to Hartford. I may do MNR to NHV and then switch to Ctrail or Amtrak and do the same in reverse.I've made that trip many times, either because the Amtrak cheap seats for NYP-NHV were sold out or because I wanted to bring a bike they don't allow but CTDOT handles superbly. Works pretty well. The one thing I'd suggest is buying an Amtrak ticket for New Haven - Hartford online ($8 even the same day), CTDOT cross honors it and in theory the reverse, but Amtrak lets people with their own tickets board first. (In theory you can get a uni-rail? ticket from an MNR vending machine but not by following the usual search by city menu) To just get somewhere the Amtrak coaches are nice, but the CTDOT trains are kind of more fun, although I did get stuck on one that had pretty severe issues with a damping mechanism of some sort.
I would love to check out the original Hartford Station as well.While you can go up the stairs into it, it feels practically abandoned, just a big empty if picturesque room - everything actually in use runs out of what's always felt like the bus terminal under the tracks, and that's where the stairs & elevator to the trains are too. It feels like the only reason they even let you go through the old station is that locals would often prefer to pick up and drop off guests on the back street.
I would like to give some insight of that freight siding just south of the station.Interesting, what is that? I know there's still a freight spur to the northeast, and feel like I've seen sidings that might still be used down closer to NHV.