COVID -19 Supporting Local Business and a Global Community

Housatonic Railroad Company is and has been deeply involved in the support of key customers served over the Berkshire Line that are directly involved in the emergency effort. Throughout the Pandemic, Housatonic has provided essential and uninterrupted freight service to these key customers as well as the many other businesses on our line. This has not been without challenges. One of our employees contracted Covid-19 and two employees suffered the loss of parents due to the pandemic. While the environment has been difficult, we have been able to continue to support the local businesses like Becton Dickenson (syringe manufacturer), Kimberly Clark (sanitary paper products), Plaskolite (PPE face shields) and Pharmco (sanitizer) in their efforts to support the global community. We are proud of our employees and proud to work together with the businesses on our line that are helping the global recovery initiative.

Our System

Housatonic Railroad is a freight railroad that connects to the national rail system through CSX Transportation at Pittsfield, MA. Our inbound cars are last classified at CSXT’s Selkirk, NY classification yard and are transported by a road train to Pittsfield seven days a week. The outbound cars are picked up by the returning CSX road train from West Springfield, Massachusetts to Selkirk.
Housatonic's freight lines consist of the Berkshire Line and the Maybrook Line. The Berkshire Line (also referred to as the Berkshire Hills Route) runs from Pittsfield, Massachusetts south to Berkshire Junction in Danbury, Connecticut and west to Beacon, New York. [See System Map]

The Specifics

Housatonic freight operations on the Berkshire Line in Massachusetts began in 1991 after the line segment from Pittsfield, Mass. to Canaan, Conn. was purchased by Housatonic from the Boston & Maine Railroad. The line was recently extended by the purchase of a small line segment from Pittsfield to Coltsville from CSXT.
Housatonic operates approximately 38 miles in Massachusetts and serves two paper companies, a limestone quarry, a manufacturer of plastic sheeting, a distribution center, a public warehouse, a lumber shipper, a concrete manufacturer and a fertilizer receiver, the last three by using a public team track.
The Berkshire Line passes through the Massachusetts communities of Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Housatonic, Great Barrington and Sheffield. There are rail-served sites in Massachusetts available for industrial development.
After crossing the Mass./Conn. state line at Canaan, the Berkshire Line continues south through the communities of Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, New Milford, Brookfield, and Danbury. In that area, Housatonic serves a paper mill, a limestone quarry, a plastics manufacturer, a pharmaceutical company, and two food manufacturers.
Rail-served sites along the line are available for industrial development.
The Connecticut portion of the Maybrook Line extends from the New York State Line at Danbury east through the communities of Danbury, Hawleyville, Newtown, Botsford, Monroe, Shelton, and Derby. The New York portion extends west from Danbury through the communities of Brewster, Fishkill, East Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, and Beacon.
The railroad-owned lumber distribution center and the bulk transfer facility are situated in Hawleyville. Other customers on the Maybrook Line include three lumber companies, a waste diposal firm, a corrugated manufacturer, a printing company, a polyester products firm, and a variety of small manufacturing firms.