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by edbear
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: saugus branch question
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: saugus branch question

While it might look like it was planned as a wye it wasn't. Things might look like something from the air, but appear entirely different on the ground. Here are couple examples. Find any of the Metropolitan aqueducts in the Boston area, western suburbs. I know Elm Street in Framingham. From the grou...
by edbear
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Named Steam Locomotive - Signs ?
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Named Steam Locomotive - Signs ?

The names were on the nameplates and the youngsters were invited to the several naming celebrations at North Station. When I get a chance I'll look them up in one of the back issues of B & M Employee Magazine unless someone beats me to it. The 1947 Pullman Standard cars in both the B&M and MEC fleet...
by edbear
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: saugus branch question
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: saugus branch question

No wye at West Lynn
by edbear
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: The Flying Yankee
Replies: 1076
Views: 215995

Re: The Flying Yankee

The Flying Yankee, Unit 6000, was taken off the Boston-Portland route during World War II because of its limited capacity. Boston and Portland were big Navy ports and the passenger ridership increased dramatically.
by edbear
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak and TRE Dispatching Fort Worth to Dallas
Replies: 26
Views: 1398

Re: Amtrak and TRE Dispatching Fort Worth to Dallas

Railroads, going back years before there was an Amtrak or public ownership of commuter railroads, always gave priority to commuter and suburban trains. The passengers on them are time sensitive. They are going to and from work, appointments, school. They ride daily or frequently. They have a lot mor...
by edbear
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Operations, Facilities, Maps and Resources
Topic: Protected rail crossings
Replies: 10
Views: 1307

Re: Protected rail crossings

There were two similar crossings in the Boston area. When a train entered the circuit, the warning bell would sound and lights would begin to work. The barrier, maybe a foot high would rise out of the pavement and stay there until the train left the crossing circuit. Trouble was that sometimes vehic...
by edbear
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Who controlled Central Vermont? GTW or GTR?
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Who controlled Central Vermont? GTW or GTR?

Grand Trunk Western was the U. S. extension of the Grand Trunk through Michigan, Indiana & Illinois plus the Lake Michigan carferry operation. Vermont Central and Central Vermont were independently developed and when the time and price were right, the Grand Trunk acquired those properties. Foreign c...
by edbear
Thu May 23, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
Topic: Wenonah Signal Move 1956
Replies: 2
Views: 1493

Re: Wenonah Signal Move 1956

The line was being single-tracked and the rails hadn't been lifted yet. Life Magazine's last page for many years had a photo of something unusual in every issue, every week.
by edbear
Sun May 12, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Fun facts: MEC in 1963
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

Re: Fun facts: MEC in 1963

Careful what you are comparing. The railroad industry of 55 or so years ago was heavily regulated and all the major roads had pretty restrictive union agreements, full day's pay for engineer 100 mi./conductor 150 mi. The MEC was probably pretty efficient for the times. I do not have the statistics f...
by edbear
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Back Bay Station B&A Tunnel
Replies: 10
Views: 2564

Re: Back Bay Station B&A Tunnel

During the SWC project construction, 1920s Back Bay was torn down and was used only by Framingham, LSL & So Sta-Back Bay shuttles. There was an interim temporary facility.
by edbear
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Back Bay Station B&A Tunnel
Replies: 10
Views: 2564

Re: Back Bay Station B&A Tunnel

The track layout was shifted in the 1965 Mass. Pike Extension project. Trinity Place and Huntington Ave. were demolished at same time. I started riding the Boston & Albany 1959 or so and Huntington Ave. was boarded up.....but there actually was no restriction on boarding trains bound for South Stati...
by edbear
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Back Bay Station B&A Tunnel
Replies: 10
Views: 2564

Re: Back Bay Station B&A Tunnel

It was built as part of the Massachusetts Turnpike Boston Extension, about 1965.
by edbear
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Worcester & Hillsboro Branch/Worcester & Contoocook Branch
Replies: 2
Views: 718

Re: Worcester & Hillsboro Branch/Worcester & Contoocook Bran

After the Boston & Maine operated everything in central and southwestern New Hampshire, these routings prevailed. From Boston to Peterboro use either a Cheshire Branch train to Winchendon or a Fitchburg Mainline train to Gardner and change to a Worcester-Peterboro (or beyond) train, or use a train f...
by edbear
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Question about B&M RDCs after the blizzard '78
Replies: 8
Views: 2045

Re: Question about B&M RDCs after the blizzard '78

Yes, the 1555 series GP-7s were chosen to tow the RDCs after the 1978 blizzard.
by edbear
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Seeking info on Clifford Somerville, B&M p.r. director 1950s
Replies: 3
Views: 2266

Re: Seeking info on Clifford Somerville, B&M p.r. director 1

I think Somerville was editor of the B & M Employees Magazine.

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