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In the past year, several states have either created or rekindled grant programs dedicated to improving freight service.
Riding on track that has been dormant for decades, the Housatonic Railroad is back in business. (Photos by David Kidd)
The train’s crew arrives for their early-morning shift in New Canaan, Conn.
Conductor Bob Kielbowicz and Brakeman Dillon Worth go over paperwork outlining the day ahead.
Ready to roll at 6:00 am.
The big train threads its way through rock cuts made a hundred years ago.
Engineer P.J. Bailly at the controls of the Housatonic’s 1970s era locomotive.
Much of the track on the Housatonic dates from the 1920s.
Kielbowicz and Worth facilitate the adding and subtracting of customer’s cars to the train.
Much of their day is spent hopping on and off the train.
Conductor Kielbowicz checks the coupling between two box cars.
Brakeman Worth operates the switches as the train moves up and down the line.
P.J. Bailly backs his train onto a siding belonging to a customer.
Worth keeps an eye on the string of freight cars as they are added to the train.
The crew stops for lunch in Newtown, Conn.
Worth and Kielbowicz enjoy a brief chance to ride in the cab.
The engineer’s view of the 100-year-old right-of-way.
The Housatonic Railroad hauls some 6,000 cars-worth of freight a year.
Conductor Kielbowicz must act as flag man when crossing signals are not working.
Engineer Bailly has been working on the railroad for 11 years.
At the end of their shift, Kielbowicz, Worth and Bailly. wait for the new crew to arrive.
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