Hillsboro Branch

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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flyingfox10
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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by flyingfox10 » Mon May 29, 2017 3:55 pm

State of NH wants nothing to do with rail service. The governor wants to end all state funding for rail lines and says rail transportation is a waste of money and the money is better spent funding road widening such as I-93, Route 3, etc.

Dick H
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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by Dick H » Mon May 29, 2017 8:09 pm

Do you have a specific news story for that policy?
I know he is opposed to passenger rail, but I have
not seen that he has taken a position on freight
rail.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by johnpbarlow » Wed May 31, 2017 5:17 am

Town of Milford, NH has weighed in at the STB vehemently stating their opposition to Pan Am's adverse discontinuance petition waiver: https://www.stb.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7 ... 243543.pdf

Cogent excerpts:
This action is just another attempt by Boston and Maine to shut down the operations of this local line and is a further example of its hostile 30 year campaign to
disrupt a local industry.
Milford-Bennington, unlike Boston & Maine, maintains its track system to ensure the safe transportation of goods.
The Board should also examine B & M's motives in this case, as it has a long history of unsupported legal maneuvers to shut this successful rail line down.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by BostonUrbEx » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:24 pm

NA-1 derailed at the Main St crossing in downtown Nashua. Nothing major, but there's a car blocking most of the roadway.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by b&m 1566 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:25 pm

Here's the article https://patch.com/new-hampshire/nashua/ ... ain-street" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by neman2 » Fri May 25, 2018 6:03 pm

This photo from Wayne Johnson on NERAIL New England photo archive gives a good idea of the condition of the Hillsboro. The crew member hanging on with two hands looks like he's staring at the rail thinking " we'll be on the ground any minute now." Meanwhile the engineer can't see a thing through the overgrowth.
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Hendrix

Post by Ken Rice » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:35 pm

Hendrix Wire and Cable in Milford - they get a bunch of plastic pellet cars presumably for coating cable. Those cars are spotted on a long siding between the road and the building. There’s a separate small building with two tracks going into it that looks like it’s maybe long enough for a single car on each track inside the building. Do they get anything delivered in there anymore, and if so what kind of cars? I’ve never managed to see actual action on the Hillsboro branch, I don’t get out that way too often.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by Backshophoss » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:17 pm

Better put in some gauge holding ties real soon!!
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by BowdoinStation » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:45 pm

Hello, Hendrix usually gets covered hoppers. Pan Am Crews go up there almost once a week, and they do the runaround in Wilton. It's not pretty, but they do move along at 5mph or less. Milford Bennington also uses those tracks in warmer weather between Wilton and Granite State Concrete a little ways south (east) of Hendrix. Do the math, it takes them a little while to go 13 miles, plus there are many crossings without signals that they have to flag. Lately they seem to been running (bad pun) up there at night.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by Ken Rice » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:41 pm

The track did look pretty bad last time I was out there, sounds like it hasn't gotten any better. So the covered hoppers are spotted on the track next to the large building, but nothing goes into the little building with the two tracks going into the doors?

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by BowdoinStation » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:31 pm

Hello, each bay holds one hopper, and yes the Pan Am crews move cars in and out of there. You may be able to find some pictures on NERAIL of their switching work.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by Ken Rice » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:17 pm

Thanks for that info. I've found pictures on nerail that show switching out the long outside track with plastic pellet cars, but not the building.

Do you know what material is in the hoppers they need to unload inside the little building? I'd assume the hoppers are dump gates rather than pneumatic connections like the pellet cars, and it must be something other than plain old pellets.

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by NashuaActon&Boston » Wed May 29, 2019 11:24 pm

Last I met a crew in Milford, they’d outlawed on the one trip out from Nashua. This was 5-6 years back. Is this routine for NA-Hillsboro crews? I know, obv. it’s slow going on the Hillsboro..

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Re: Hillsboro Branch

Post by b&m 1566 » Thu May 30, 2019 4:34 pm

They tied the engine down in Milford on at least one occasion this year (March?), that's the only one I can recall recently.

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