Dancing the Megatropolis


Chapter 6: New Haven to New London



But it was no hassle to get to my track for the New London train.


Shore Line East Train 1610

New Haven, CT (Union Stn) to New London, CT

Fare: $10.25

Cumulative Fare: $110.23


I was aboard an ex-Metro-North M8 car, a definite upgrade from when I took this route just under five years prior. That time, the car was an ancient, smelly, grubby one. We pulled out bang on time at 10:22am. I learned from the conductor that this Shore Line East service was operated by Amtrak.


We went through Clinton, CT, not far from the Clam Castle in Madison, where I’d had some absolutely spectacular clam bellies a few weeks prior. There were lots of pretty creeks and wetlands next to the train, and some occasional glimpses of Long Island Sound at 80mph.


We crossed the gorgeous Connecticut River, and the Shore Line really lived up to its name as we passed some lovely beaches. 

The Shore Line East deposited me at New London right on time. The station is small but pretty -- though it feels hostile: no seating unless you’re a ticketed passenger or you buy food, no loitering (in the waiting room!), no restrooms even if you’re a passenger. I know when I’m not wanted, so I waited outside, admiring the whale-fluke sculpture across the street.