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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by daylight4449 » Tue May 14, 2013 9:24 pm

Considering this relates to the Chronicle episode in question, I found the episode description;
http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/tuesday-m ... index.html

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Jedijk88 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:33 pm

Seems like no current news on this railroad? Although there is a current Facebook page for the North Brookfield Rail Trail:

https://www.facebook.com/NorthBrookfieldRailTrail" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by MaineCoonCat » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:16 pm

Jedijk88 wrote:Seems like no current news on this railroad? Although there is a current Facebook page for the North Brookfield Rail Trail:

https://www.facebook.com/NorthBrookfieldRailTrail" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It would appear that Mr. Bigda's interests have turned to Vertex Rail
 Manufacturing. See the thread New Mass Rail Car Builder!..
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by daylight4449 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:25 pm

Jedijk88 wrote:Seems like no current news on this railroad? Although there is a current Facebook page for the North Brookfield Rail Trail:

https://www.facebook.com/NorthBrookfieldRailTrail" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The day these guys get their little "trail" is the day I'll sit back and wonder what has happened to society. From the rumors I've heard going around the mill the town has already told them no on two separate occasions, so I have some serious doubts that these guys would get anywhere...

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by BandA » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:18 pm

Everything about that little rail line is fascinating. It's weird how the proposed rail project seemed to be happening, then...radio silence. I assume there have been meetings of the railroad board - would these be public meetings?

I'd like to see more about the 12/31/1935 one-year lease (signed by the NYC on the last day of the previous BA lease). Did this lease keep getting annually renewed up through Penn Central? Note that lease excluded passenger service!

I'm surprised the documents for the end of the Penn Central aren't online. I'd like to read what was written when the NBRR was abandoned or OOS. And how the estates of the other railroads that were leased were handled. I'm assuming the line was closed and ripped up about 1972, but can't find that anywhere. All the STB stuff is online but these important ICC cases aren't.

Nobody has spoken authoritatively about the status of the ROW in East Brookfield.

When did the town acquire the remaining 10% of the RR that they didn't own?

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by BandA » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:20 pm

Is the ROW wide enough for rail + trail?

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by Tower35 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:24 pm

The last I knew, the town of North Brookfield still holds the charter and owns the ROW into East Brookfield. And Mr. Bigda is leasing it. Just because it's dormant we don't know what is going on with all parties. That's how businesses work. I would say that to allow a rail trail would open up liability issues for all parties should there be any incident. It is still railroad property subject to all applicable laws, state and federal.

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by MaineCoonCat » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:15 pm

Well, haven't found the charter yet but I did find this:
north brookfield rr plan small.jpg
The source image (enlargeable) is at: http://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/ ... ?show=full
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by BandA » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:01 pm

http://www.vertexrail.com/ i̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶ ̶l̶o̶n̶g̶e̶r̶ ̶v̶a̶l̶i̶d̶. EDIT: IS NOW WORKING Still listed as Mr. Bigda's employer on Linkedin
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by MaineCoonCat » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:25 pm

BandA wrote:http://www.vertexrail.com/ is no longer valid. Still listed as Mr. Bigda's employer on Linkedin
Are you sure about that? I just went to http://www.vertexrail.com/ and it came up just fine.. Unless somehow Verizon is fetching a cached copy..
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by BandA » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:42 pm

That's really weird; I tried a different browser & it worked, so I refreshed the page in firefox & it worked. So, the website is presently working.

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by daylight4449 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:08 pm

papabarn wrote:
BandA wrote:http://www.vertexrail.com/ is no longer valid. Still listed as Mr. Bigda's employer on Linkedin
Are you sure about that? I just went to http://www.vertexrail.com/ and it came up just fine.. Unless somehow Verizon is fetching a cached copy..
I'm betting it's an issue with Verizon. We have it at our office for our phone and internet in Shrewsbury, and they've been messed up all week. I've got some similar reports from some of our customers in Westboro as well... Because, you know, an HVAC company can't read minds and needs to hear from customers to know if they need oil or have no heat.

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by MaineCoonCat » Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:00 pm

daylight4449 wrote:
papabarn wrote:
BandA wrote:http://www.vertexrail.com/ is no longer valid. Still listed as Mr. Bigda's employer on Linkedin
Are you sure about that? I just went to http://www.vertexrail.com/ and it came up just fine.. Unless somehow Verizon is fetching a cached copy..
I'm betting it's an issue with Verizon. We have it at our office for our phone and internet in Shrewsbury, and they've been messed up all week. I've got some similar reports from some of our customers in Westboro as well... Because, you know, an HVAC company can't read minds and needs to hear from customers to know if they need oil or have no heat.
If it is, I'm glad my area didn't experience it (just about 1km. north of Wayside Inn Station on the Central Mass Branch).. Hope for you guys it gets fixed soon.
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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by BandA » Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:10 am

The error was something like "network solutions. Domain name not valid". Others could not reproduce the problem, and a page refresh fixed it for me.

So it's working.

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Re: North Brookfield RR

Post by MaineCoonCat » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:48 am

BandA wrote:The error was something like "network solutions. Domain name not valid". Others could not reproduce the problem, and a page refresh fixed it for me.

So it's working.
Ahh... Yes.. The old momentary DNS hiccup trick... :)
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