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by jbvb
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: South Side equipment restrictions
Replies: 18
Views: 2532

Re: South Side equipment restrictions

The B&M's cab signals had been installed on the Fitchburg DIvision to satisfy the ICC's 1922 and '24 orders requiring larger RRs to use them on one division. They probably saved some lives into the 1950s. But as passenger service wound down and segments were single-tracked, they were no longer neede...
by jbvb
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: What was 1st C-C freight locomotive to regularly run on B&M?
Replies: 6
Views: 1457

Re: What was 1st C-C freight locomotive to regularly run on B&M?

While the Bow coal trains were using the B&A, they were subject to a Conrail length limitation requiring that ~5 cars be removed from the normal consist and forwarded in another train. This inconvenience was a major motivation for rehabbing the Fitchburg enough that the Bow trains could use it again.
by jbvb
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Haverhill Line Upgrade Discussion (Western Route)
Replies: 1475
Views: 387326

Re: Haverhill Line Upgrade Discussion (Western Route)

They could use two platforms at Ballardvale if the crossover to the east was universal. Otherwise, If they build the easterly main track through Ballardvale, trains stopping at Andover (which have to be on the westerly track) couldn't use the mini-high platform on the east side. Ballardvale's 'stati...
by jbvb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: LD-to-LD in Chicago
Replies: 70
Views: 8621

Re: LD-to-LD in Chicago

My most recent coast-to-coast trip was BOS - PDX in late August 2015. This was a time of big track jobs (BOS - ALB turned into BOS - NYP - ALB) and fires all over the west. I'd retired and my GF and I had friends in CHI, so it was easy to ditch the stress and stay in an off-brand hotel in the Loop (...
by jbvb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Montreal - Portland passenger service, past and future
Replies: 344
Views: 49315

Re: Montreal - Portland passenger service, past and future

'Relaxed' is a generous description of that eastbound schedule - detour to Niagara Falls, then arrive Montreal at noon Friday for a 13 hour layover.
by jbvb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad NYNH&HRR
Topic: Noel Weaver's Collection and Memorial
Replies: 61
Views: 32765

Re: Noel Weaver's Collection and Memorial

I just noticed this; I greatly respected Noel's knowledge and clarity of observation and thought. I'm glad to hear that what could be passed on has been, thanks to all involved. RIP.
by jbvb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Rockingham Jct.station
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

Re: Rockingham Jct.station

ETT #54 (27-Apr-52) shows Rockingham as TWD (phone, water, part-time operator) with outbound stops 7:58-8:06A by #2907 to Intervale and 4:40-4:58P by #141 to Dover (pulling in on the wye to clear #19). Inbound, #132 from Portland stopped 7:50A and #174 from Dover stopped 4:40-4:46P. ETTs #60 (24-Apr...
by jbvb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Haverhill Line Upgrade Discussion (Western Route)
Replies: 1475
Views: 387326

Re: Haverhill Line Upgrade Discussion (Western Route)

Maybe 6-7 years ago in this decade-old thread, it was noted that given the crossover locations the T and Pan Am chose, they couldn't use two platforms at Ballardvale until circumstances allowed building two platforms at Andover. And that apparently depends on Andover moving their DPW out of its yard...
by jbvb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)
Replies: 427
Views: 114330

Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

I remember that Saugus Rt. 1 crash, though I only saw the scar after rush hour. I have more vivid memories of the tanker that flipped in Kendall Sq. about 1978; the burning spill didn't quite make it into the subway station, but it did a number on the substation that was next to the then-rotary. I s...
by jbvb
Mon May 20, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: K8 Consolidation ?
Replies: 6
Views: 758

Re: K8 Consolidation ?

Years ago, a group of Boston-area live steamers were working on a joint project to build several K-8 models. There are a couple of commercial parts presently available which I think came out of that, and I know one engine had frame & drivers. I will ask my contact.
by jbvb
Mon May 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Haverhill Line Upgrade Discussion (Western Route)
Replies: 1475
Views: 387326

Re: Haverhill Line Upgrade Discussion (Western Route)

It's been a while since I looked closely, but pier work was ongoing during the winter.
by jbvb
Sat May 04, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: What if no Guilford?
Replies: 11
Views: 1446

Re: What if no Guilford?

In the 1980s, GTI threw away almost all the service-dependent traffic in their territory. There was serious interest in buying lines they wanted to abandon for short-line operation, but GTI was fundamentally a real-estate venture at the time and had no interest in retaining the traffic. So I believe...
by jbvb
Sat May 04, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Green Line Expansion Beyond Lechmere
Replies: 1093
Views: 333192

Re: Green Line Expansion Beyond Lechmere

Current Green Line tech isn't really suitable for Downtown - Anderson trips - maximum speed is too low, too many stops. There's density for local service to West Medford, then maybe to Winchester. Free transfer between GLX and CR would support transfers at major stations, but the T is seriously impa...
by jbvb
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: New Hampshire House Bill 135
Replies: 9
Views: 1880

Re: New Hampshire House Bill 135

Inexpedient to Legislate: https://legiscan.com/NH/text/HB135/id/1833401" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by jbvb
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Union Freight, Boston
Replies: 5
Views: 1679

Re: Union Freight, Boston

The last visible rail I remember was in Atlantic Ave., along the north side of South Station. As Kyper's book points out, this had been abandoned before the rest of the line: in the final years, only the Northern Ave. bridge to the South Boston yards was used.

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