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by TomNelligan
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad NYNH&HRR
Topic: New Hartford Branch
Replies: 19
Views: 6799

Re: New Hartford Branch

Per Ronald Dale Karr's comprehensive route history The Rail Lines of Southern New England, the Collinsville branch was abandoned in 1968.
by TomNelligan
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Congressional Restrictions on CRRC Transit Cars?
Replies: 31
Views: 2509

Re: Congressional Restrictions on CRRC Transit Cars?

The first of the CRRC cars have gone into service in Boston on the MBTA Orange Line, and they are desperately needed NOW to replace an elderly fleet that is no longer reliable. By all accounts they are well-built and welcomed by riders. Personally, I am not expecting that Chinese intelligence will b...
by TomNelligan
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: New stations built after Amtrak started
Replies: 18
Views: 916

Re: New stations built after Amtrak started

Route 128/Westwood (opened 1970s/80s?) The current Amtrak/MBTA station at Route 128 opened in 2000, but that location has been an intercity and commuter stop for decades, since the New Haven RR opened the first Route 128 station at that site in 1953. The current building is actually the third. The ...
by TomNelligan
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route
Replies: 1929
Views: 294074

Re: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route

Another old guy here who remembers watching and photographing the Union Freight Railroad, but it was hardly suitable as a busy north/south passenger link. The UFRR never had passenger service of any kind... it was basically a low speed, street-running access to the Boston waterfront back when marine...
by TomNelligan
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: South Side equipment restrictions
Replies: 18
Views: 2518

Re: South Side equipment restrictions

The B&M cab signal territory extended from West Cambridge to East Deerfield. While my memory may be a little hazy after 50 years I want to say that it was discontinued in the late 1960s because that's when the two pairs of Fitchburg Division freights that used foreign runthrough power (the Bow coal ...
by TomNelligan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Why do trains spend so long stopped in Washington?
Replies: 48
Views: 2715

Re: Why do trains spend so long stopped in Washington?

I don’t recall locomotive changes in New Haven pre-electrification to Boston taking so long. It didn't. Before electrification, Amtrak typically allowed ten to twenty minutes for the engine change at New Haven. The exact interval varied between trains but most were on the lower end of that range. B...
by TomNelligan
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Branding NEC: Acela, Metroliner, Regional
Replies: 67
Views: 3114

Re: Amtrak Branding NEC: Acela, Metroliner, Regional

That raises an interesting question: Should certain Acela timeslots have special names like Merchants or Congressional? As an old guy who was fortunate enough to ride both the New Haven's Merchants Limited and the Pennsy's Afternoon Congressional (that one under PC) back in ancient times, I would l...
by TomNelligan
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Dedham Branch
Replies: 22
Views: 2131

Re: Dedham Branch

Why is it impossible to find any pictures of it at all if it was used up until the late 60'? Probably because service was minimal in later years-- just one weekday rush hour round trip with RDCs -- and the line wasn't very photogenic. But here's a 1963 shot at East Dedham. http://photos.nerail.org/...
by TomNelligan
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66
Replies: 35
Views: 2323

Re: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66

The rest of the crew's behavior, particularly the deliberate waking of any passenger who falls asleep, seems inexcusable. And why leave the lights on all night? Up until last year I had occasion to ride #66 between Washington and Boston a couple times a year and neither of these annoyances was stan...
by TomNelligan
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Central Metroliner & NECIP Trackwork
Replies: 32
Views: 1813

Re: Penn Central Metroliner & NECIP Trackwork

Penn Central ended the Greenville-Bay Ridge interchange of traffic bound for the former New Haven within a few months of the 1/1/69 takeover and ended the Bay Ridge carfloat operation at that time. I stopped by Bay Ridge in July 1969 and that once-busy yard was basically abandoned. Within a short ti...
by TomNelligan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Central Metroliner & NECIP Trackwork
Replies: 32
Views: 1813

Re: Penn Central Metroliner & NECIP Trackwork

Obviously at some point in the past one can see the freight trains running through Penn Station at 2am. That never happened except for some special movements during World War I. Passenger train interference wouldn't have been a problem at 2 AM but there were still the tunnel's stiff grades and limi...
by TomNelligan
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Books, Magazines, Music, TV, and Movies, and other Media
Topic: City of New Orleans
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: City of New Orleans

I've always sort of preferred the original Steve Goodman recording, having heard Steve do it before Arlo made it a hit, but whoever does it, it's a great song. Meanwhile, note that the Illinois Central's other premier train on the Chicago-New Orleans route, the Panama Limited , also has a song of it...
by TomNelligan
Mon May 13, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Fun facts: MEC in 1963
Replies: 10
Views: 2182

Re: Fun facts: MEC in 1963

Side question: Didn't the B&M own or leased the St. J & LC for a number of years as well? Yes, it was in the B&M family for quite a few years. The Boston & Lowell bought a financial interest in the StJ&LC in 1885. When the B&L was acquired by the B&M in 1887, the B&M took out a lease of the Vermont...
by TomNelligan
Thu May 09, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad NYNH&HRR
Topic: Central New England visibility?
Replies: 3
Views: 1069

Re: Central New England visibility?

The CNE was formally merged into the NH in 1927 and following that transaction it's locomotives were generally relettered New Haven. A few ex-CNE steamers survived into the 1940s but met their end as the NH dieselized. I would guess that some CNE rolling stock survived well past the merger as well.
by TomNelligan
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: grape train ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1136

Re: grape train ?

The NH yard included various freight houses and team tracks where freight was unloaded, but after roughly 50 years I don't remember what exactly was on the harbor side of Northern Avenue. But you can probably find an old map of the area on line that will show details.

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