Franklin Line Discussion

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by BostonUrbEx » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:25 pm

The diamonds at FX were removed about 15 years ago, although they may "soon" (railroad soon, not actually soon) be coming back if either of a couple different plans pan out. The signals once protecting the diamond are colloquially referred to as "The Old Diamond."

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by CRail » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:19 am

Yes, the one at FX was removed. Swift has a diamond, Beverly Junction has one with movable point frogs (but it is not a switch), one within a universal crossover in the North Termnal area (outside of North Station) and there a bunch in and around Southampton street. I can’t think of any others outside of Boston though.
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by Arborwayfan » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:38 am

There was a thread about diamonds in Mass a few years ago. Might be interesting to find and update.

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by Adams_Umass_Boston » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:29 pm

Arborwayfan wrote:There was a thread about diamonds in Mass a few years ago. Might be interesting to find and update.
Not to stray off topic, but I think it was this thread. viewtopic.php?f=126&t=17734&p=170575&hi ... ds#p170575" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by CRail » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:08 pm

Hah! YOU did not stray off topic, we were already way, way off. Thank you for doing the research to find that thread!
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by thomas1897 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:40 am

Can the Franklin Line be extended into the Blackstone Valley area connecting on to Woonsocket Rhode Island. This would provide service to an area that is growing.

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by charding » Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:06 am

...actually, at one time the Franklin Line did extend to Blackstone...but a bridge out west of Franklin and cost to repair stopped the service...but a good idea...

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by jaymac » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:30 pm

NIMBYpalooza will likely ensue, especially since some of the backyards in question probably got bigger with the abandonment.
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by MaineCoonCat » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:28 pm

My Aunt-in-law works with the Norfolk Historical Commission as a member. They are looking for photos of the arch bridge over Campbell Street prior to the reconstruction in 2000-2001. The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Records. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries doesn't have anything. Any and all help appreciated. Please feel free to PM me if you wish..
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by The EGE » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:01 am

The MBTA announced two further phases of the double-tracking project today:

Phase 2, which will begin construction after Phase 1 is complete this December, will add "another 3.5 miles of double track west from Norfolk Station to Frank Street, which is just east of Franklin Station". I assume that means Frank interlocking, as there is no Frank Street. 3.5 miles from there is west of Norfolk station, so I guess they're avoiding all station work in that phase. But it'll allow headways to drop from 45 to 35 minutes. (Where are they getting the extra rolling stock?)

Phase 3, which will begin design in 2020, will complete double-tracking on the "entire line between South Station in Boston and Franklin Station". I take that to include the 4-mile gap from Walpole to Norwood, the small gap at Norwood, and one or both sides at Readville. That would involve new platforms (and thus very likely ADA modifications) at Windsor Gardens and Walpole, and additional/modified platforms at Norfolk and Readville. Plimptonville will probably bite the dust.

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by Commuterrail1050 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:43 am

In my opinion the plimptonville stop needs to be eliminated because only one train for each rushour serves it and it has the least boardings out of all the other stations. I'm not sure if it's franklin through Norwood central but I would assume if it's double tracked they will install another platform to make it 2. This would greatly improve service on the Franklin line. I look forward to seeing it in 2021 when the work is completed.

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