Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:21 am

The "eviction" trial has moved to 13 December 2019 at 09:30.. One wonders if it may be moot by then..
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by Jeff Smith » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:58 pm

MEC407 wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:53 am
The more I read about the B.S. Railroad, the more it sounds like someone's childhood fantasy run amok. Again, let's not forget that this guy was LIVING in the station. Was he cosplaying scenes from "The Station Agent"? The whole thing is stranger than fiction.
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:53 pm

"Private company Boston Surface Railroad says a recent bankruptcy filing was purely strategic. On Monday the company unveiled a bus service that's launching ahead of what will hopefully be full train service at some point in 2021."
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Please forgive me, but..
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by GP40MC1118 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:59 pm

Submitted for your continued amusement:

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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:09 am

But wait!! There's more!!
On Oct 29, 2019 at 6:20 AM In an article entitled "Boston Surface Railroad Co. plans to launch Worcester-Woonsocket-Providence bus service", the Telegram & Gazette Staff wrote:
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Boston Surface Railroad Co. plans to offer express motorcoach passenger service between Providence, Woonsocket and Worcester beginning in February.

Boston Surface Railroad, a privately owned intercity passenger railroad, unveiled the first of five branded motorcoaches in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Monday morning. The service will be offered out of Union Station at Washington Square.

In addition, the company said it plans to launch passenger rail service between Providence and Woonsocket and Worcester in the fourth quarter of next year.

“As part of our commitment to the city of Woonsocket and to those traveling to these underserved cities, we are pleased to offer the first wave of express passenger service,” Vincent Bono, president of Boston Surface Railroad, said in a release. “Our plan is to launch motorcoach service in mid-February 2020, with an eye toward launching our rail service by the fourth quarter of 2020. We look forward to continuing our promise to commuters.”

Bono unveiled the company’s first motorcoach, which will remain on-site at the historic Woonsocket Train Station. BSRC will add four additional motorcoaches to its inventory prior to launch, with two stationed in Worcester and three in Woonsocket, he said.
Read more of this story at Telegram.com's web site
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by chrisf » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:34 am

"...a privately owned intercity passenger railroad..."
That's hilarious.

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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:00 am

Riddle me this one: You're supposedly building a "passenger railroad".. You have zero operating rolling stock and defaulted on one of two used locomotives.. You're obviously in financial "dire straits" as evidenced by a "strategic bankruptcy" and getting booted from "headquarters" for non payment of rent.. Why suddenly, out of the blue lease and wrap a few buses?
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by Rockingham Racer » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:20 pm

Your avatar seems to say it all! :-D
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MEC407 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:22 pm

Do we actually know whether the B.S. Railroad leased the buses or purchased them outright?

The bus in the photo appears to be an MCI D-Series. Those were built from 1993 to 2001. At best, the bus in the photo could be 18 years old at this point. At worst, it could be 26 years old. That's no big deal for rail vehicles but it's pretty old by highway vehicle standards, especially if the vehicle operated in cold weather states.

For example, here's one for under $20K:

https://www.lasvegasbussales.com/invent ... ch-c49935/
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Post by mtuandrew » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:17 pm

And even more! Sent to my inbox by Trains Magazine of all places:
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A special promotional message from one of our valued advertisers
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We've had an overwhelming response with investors and bondholders alike but there is still more to do! As BSRC prepares to launch our initial express motor coach service as well as purchase more and renovate existing locomotives, coach cars and track equipment, now is the time to both invest in a secured private transportation initiative and support a sustainable, green transit alternative in New England. Both private savings certificates and small equity (stock) amounts are available. We need your help!

Our Project is:
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Our Savings Bond offering is part of a crowdfunding campaign to help raise some of the capital needed for locomotive refurbishment, track repairs and upgrades. Boston Surface Railroad has also opened a Series A Equity Capital round, for both small and large investors, click here.

BOSTON SURFACE RAILROAD COMPANY, INC
1 DEPOT SQ
WOONSOCKET, RI 02895
(401) 216-8800
Last I checked, they own an existing locomotive, singular, not plural :P and track upgrades? That’s about the only thing his scheme doesn’t really need.
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:27 pm

Guess they're serious about the buses.. <shudder!>..
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:36 pm

FMCSA "Safety Measurement System" "History".. I find it interesting that they claim to have 16 drivers.. Wonder what those "drivers" are doing in the meantime..
Note: "U.S. DOT# 3327011 has no current for-hire operating authority with FMCSA.".
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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by GojiMet86 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:06 pm

Anyone see what state that bus license plate is? The number looks like AF9615, but I can't tell what state it is.

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Re: Boston Surface Railroad: Worcester-Providence Commuter Rail

Post by MaineCoonCat » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:13 pm

New Hampshire..
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