Pioneer Valley Railroad

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Stp243
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Stp243 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:01 am

Interchange track bridge update:

The entire span has been removed and crews are working on the supports in the canal and on the abutments. Looks like there were some serious structural issues.

Dick H
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Dick H » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:52 pm

Photo today 10/17 of bridge removed and work on the piers.
Photo by Charles England.

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Stp243
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Stp243 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:46 pm

Bridge update: As of 10/26 the piers in the canal have been capped with new concrete platforms and forms were being built in place to create new abutments on either end of the bridge.

Does anyone know if there are plans to signalize the Cabot St crossing? Currently protected by a couple crossbucks. It's a busy street it would seem to make sense.

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Jedijk88 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:17 am

I'm curious to see how fast interchange traffic resumes once the bridge is put back in service. After the 2010 redecking it was at least six months before the first train rolled over it.

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Safetee » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:09 am

While there is no doubt that the NSC half of PAS would probably like to expand service on the rehabbed Conn River in Mass, there is some question whether or not PAR desires to deliver it. On the other hand, Pioneer Valley is probably reluctant to get so far in bed with the puzzling PAS that they jeopardize their relationship with CSX. No question that the new connection does offer all of the carriers new possibilities, if they want to take a chance.

Stp243
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Stp243 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:40 pm

Hope the money to rehab the bridge hasn't been spent in vain and will do some good.

Took a spin by the bridge and as of 4pm today 3 of 4 decks were back in place.

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by CVRA7 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:13 pm

The most fortunate short lines are those who have more than one connection to the outside world. Competition is a good thing. It is a good incentive for the Big Railroad to offer good service and rates to the short line.
I seem to remember that the P&W used this to their advantage once they got the use of the Worcester-Gardner line and established an interchange at Gardner.

Stp243
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Stp243 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:48 am

As reported over in the Pan Am forum the bridge repair looks to be complete. Decks/ties/rails are laid and connected on both ends. I'll keep an eye out down there for any interchange traffic, hopefully we'll see some soon.

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Safetee » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:57 pm

Supposedly the first interchange car for the PVR from PAS will be a lumber car arriving very soon.

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Jedijk88 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:00 am

New customer in Westfield looks to open in 2019. Word is that the reopening of the PAS interchange attracted the company to PVR

https://www.masslive.com/business/2018/ ... ected.html

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Post by Stp243 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:38 am

As of 12/31 there is one loaded lumber car on the Pan Am/PVRR interchange track in Holyoke. Not sure if it's the first one or when it showed up but it's there now. Will be interesting to see how much use it gets going forward. Happy new year!

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