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North Brookfield RR

Post by frrc » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:12 pm

According to an article in today's Telegram, trains will be coming back on the old North Brookfield(MA) line. A company with locomotives and rolling stock is prepared to spend $5.5 million to restore service. The North Brookfield RR is still in
existence on paper, but hasn't seen service in 40 years. Are there any potential customers on this proposed line? And who is proposing this, the G&U or the East Brookfield and Spencer RR? The old roadbed is currently being used by ATV's and
dirt bikes and one abutter was quoted as saying "I'd rather have trains..."

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Otto Vondrak » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:33 pm

Here's a link to the story in the Worcester Telegram:

http://www.telegram.com/article/2011091 ... 19822/1116

Here is a brief fair-use quote:
NORTH BROOKFIELD — Rail service is returning to North Brookfield.

And that announcement last night by Selectman Richard P. Chabot might incline some to say, “Be careful what you wish for.” Two months ago, abutters to the four-mile spur from Connie Mack Drive in East Brookfield to Quabaug Rubber on Grove Street complained to selectmen about the actions of the North Brookfield Rail Trail Committee and an increase in illegal all-terrain vehicle and dirt bike activity. “Frankly, I'd rather have the trains,” said one frustrated abutter.
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by jaymac » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:53 pm

To go all Gomer Pyle, surprise, surprise, surprise!
Surprise 1: A ground-up restoration.
Surprise 2: Trains, at least in the quotation, are deemed better than ATVs.
Surprise 3: The to-be-named service provider -- Will the EB&SR add two more initials to its name, will there be a GURR Western Division, or will a real surprise emerge?
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Cosmo » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:52 pm

Who knows? Just have to keep watching. But way to go ABUTTERS!
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by ewh » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:01 pm

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but what rail business is located along this line? I am familiar with the road that parallels the ROW from East Brookfield to North Brookfield, but I can't recall anything that could use rail transportation. Brookfield Orchards?

On the other hand, if restoring rail service on this line makes a profit, consider all the other lines we think are dead as tripe that might have potential. I've got my list.....

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by frrc » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:58 am

My hunch is the outfit that runs the East Brookfield and Spencer (Rail Tex ?) will be the one to operate this, as they are already in the area, and have local locomotives.
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Jedijk88 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:25 am

Keep an eye out for the next issue of Atlantic Northeast Rails and Ports, your questions will be answered.

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Otto Vondrak » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:27 am

Jedijk88 wrote:Keep an eye out for the next issue of Atlantic Northeast Rails and Ports, your questions will be answered.
Can you elaborate at all?
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by ewh » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:23 am

Yeah, I think I allowed my subscription to expire.

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by NYCRS3 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:41 pm

Latest news and more answers..........

http://www.wbjournal.com/news49903.html

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Cosmo » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:07 pm

I could not access the link.
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by frrc » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:42 pm

Cosmo wrote:I could not access the link.
Got web site not reachable. FWIW, this is the Worcester Business Journal's web site...
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by frrc » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:54 pm

On a side note, this looks like the company involved in the North Brookfield RR...

http://www.boxcarservices.com/


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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by NYCRS3 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:02 am

The website may have been down for maintenance. I just tried the link here and it did come up. It is in the Worcester Business Journal if you need to find it that way.

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