Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

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Lincoln78
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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by Lincoln78 » Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:18 pm

I recently completed Norwich's online MBA. Rock of Ages kindly allowed Norwich to use their business for case studies for several of the different classes.

Quarrying and fabrication of memorials is a good business, a good neighbor, and very beneficial to the local economy. ROA face still competion from foreign quarries, including some in China.

I hope the citizens of Montpelier can talk some sense into their politicians and support this proposal.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by shadyjay » Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:41 pm

Track from the 'junction to (at least) Barre sees occasional service. Not the nicest looking trackage, but it apparently gets the job done... still amazing the Acelas moved on this line, then pulled by NECR GP-38s!

From what I am reading on other lists... the project is a GO and service will start in the spring.

And don't get me started on that rotary!!!

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by rovetherr » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:31 am

Nearly the entire line is in service, only the section from the upper switchback to the end of track at Graniteville is OOS. It does not see much movement past Barre, but it is in service and passable up to the top of the hill. If the movement does happen, there will be additional work performed on the line in some areas that are known to be problimatic.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by thebigham » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:24 pm

From the VRS Yaooo email list:

Construction crews were busy finishing work on the loadout, as single
unit - GMRC 804 - headed up the hill this am to spot the first cars
for loading... GP9 only so far...

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by thebigham » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:33 pm

A link to the two switchbacks at Bing Maps:

http://bit.ly/beyuf5

Pushpins #7 and #8.

I guess the loading area for the granite loads is around the upper switcback.

The tracks from the upper switcback to the Rock of Ages quarry at the top of the hill will not be used.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by R36 Combine Coach » Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:24 pm

If you look using Google Streetview, the line through Barre and Montpelier is narrow, windy and filled with unprotected crossings. It is amazing that this was the only connection from Bombardier's Barre plant to the rest of the world. Comets, Superliners and Acela Express coaches all passed over here.
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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by Hux » Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:46 pm

R36 Combine Coach wrote:If you look using Google Streetview, the line through Barre and Montpelier is narrow, windy and filled with unprotected crossings. It is amazing that this was the only connection from Bombardier's Barre plant to the rest of the world. Comets, Superliners and Acela Express coaches all passed over here.
Shame the plant isn't still open...would be a good time to cash in on all the Stimulus money that will be spent by Amtrak and others on upgrading etc.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by laflamcs » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:33 am

I was on the road between Montpelier and Barre and back again yesterday. There is a lot of evidence of very recent work on this line. A lot of ties have been replaced and in some areas new ballast has been spread. Some of the line in Barre, right alongside the road, especially, looks awful but improvements are being made. This was the same line that the Mass Bay Railroad club had an excursion on last year. That was a great ride!

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by thebigham » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:30 pm

I've always been a big fan of this line.

A Railfan's Guide appeared in an issue of Railpace. I'm looking at the Railpace index online and I cannot find it:

http://www.railpace.com/magazine/magazineindex.htm

Does anyone remember the month/year.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by Scooter » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:45 pm

Washington County Railroad Nov 1994 Page 22

Is that what you're looking for?
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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by thebigham » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:36 pm

^Yes, thanks.

I thought it was earler than that.

I last visited the railroad in 1997.

I might take a trip up there soon.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by MikeVT » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:46 am

Bombardier plant is open ... kinda

Northern power makes the generator section for wind turnbines and thier control cabinet for aux power units in the plant. Its been a couple of years since I was in the plant but they have been trying to grow. Not sure if they will ever utilize the tracks.

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by thebigham » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:46 pm

Kevin reports:

Looks like the Barre crew is hauling a different stone today.... Crew
is out ballasting today...2 or 3 cars at a time...various locations...

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by rb » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:18 pm

I don't think this question has been asked in any of the threads on this line: what other active customers are there?

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Re: Increased traffic in Montpelier spurs debate

Post by thebigham » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:20 am

Kevin has put up some more pictures:

http://photos.greatrails.net/show/?orde ... y=eastrail

They now have a leased GP40 on the property.

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