WALLINGFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – As work continues along the rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, officials Tuesday showed off a state-of-the-art track-laying machine, which is being used to assemble part of the second set of tracks along the route between New Haven and Hartford.

The mammoth-sized equipment has been used around the globe from India to Brazil, but this is the first time it’s been used in Connecticut. It can put down track at a significantly faster pace than conventional methods. The equipment was at work in Wallingford Tuesday, and is expected to remain in Connecticut for about three weeks, and then return sometime next year.

More frequent train service along the line is expected to commence in early 2018.


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