Connecticut Central Shirt
- Logo on Front
- 100% Cotton
- Shirt Color - Connecticut Central Blue
- 4X & 5X Shirt Color may vary (Ashe or Black)
In 1986, Conrail filed for abandonment of trackage in and around Middletown, Connecticut: the so-called "Middletown Cluster". The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection purchased the rail facilities in this area for $3.4 million in state bonds; in 1987 it was transferred to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The Valley Railroad was named the designated operator, and set up the Central Connecticut Railroad as a subsidiary. The railroad was contracted to do the restoration of the tracks, road beds, and highway crossings and to restore rail service on the Wethersfield Secondary between Middletown and Hartford, and between Middletown and Maromas, the northern end of the Valley Railroad's property. The DEP was responsible for contracting the repair of the Middletown Swing Bridge over the Connecticut River to Portland.
Operations began on March 26, 1987, with transfers arranged with Conrail at Cedar Hill, New Haven. Business was at above projected levels until 1990, when traffic dropped by one third due to the recession, in addition to the closure of a major customer. As a result, the Valley Railroad sold the CCCL to a group of investors. The same year, a sludge-hauling contact with the City of Middletown was signed, and in 1992, a large steel operation began providing business to the railroad. This kept the railroad from falling to bankruptcy.
After years of profitable operation, the railroad looked for expansion. The Wethersfield Secondary was only operated as far north as Cromwell, and the railroad looked to extend operations up to the Connecticut Southern Railroad's Hartford Terminal at the north end of the line. The state awarded the rights to the CCCL, and subsequently the Providence and Worcester Railroad bought the company and began their operations in April 1998. This was around the time Conrail was bought and split between CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern