Note: This is a list of New Haven Railroad named passenger trains. It mostly gives only the train names and not the types of cars in the consists or other details. That information is too lengthy to be presented here. If you’re interested in further information on a particular train, it can be found in the book “New Haven Passenger Trains,” by Peter E. Lynch.
The Five Hour Express (1894 with Parlor Cars, Buffet Smoking Car, New York/Boston)
Most of the following trains ran between New York and Boston on the Shore Line. The most important had parlor cars, dining or grill cars, and coaches. Some trains also ran to Philadelphia and Washington, DC in conjunction with the PRR and also had PRR cars in the consist.
Day Express - Knickerbocker - Bay State - Afternoon Express - Shore Line Express - Merchants’ Limited - Yankee Clipper - Gilt Edge - Sundown - Pershing Square - Mayflower - Murray Hill - Bostonian - 42nd Street - Puritan - New Yorker - Commander
Colonial - Federal - Senator - Patriot - Air Line Limited - Advance Merchants’ Limited
Owl - Narragansett - Night Express (all coaches) - Night Hawk (sleepers)
The following trains ran along the 62-mile route from New Haven to Hartford and Springfield Massachusetts:
Bankers - Nathan Hale - Connecticut Yankee - Montrealer - Washingtonian