Track 61

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diburning
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Re: Track 61

Post by diburning » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:00 am

I vaguely remember seeing an old Alco that was sitting behind a fence (near the BCEC?). What ever happened to that?

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Re: Track 61

Post by CRail » Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:59 am

While it was present on Google earth a few years ago, I went looking for it with a friend and it was not there. We assume it was scrapped by the owner of the property it lived on.

Edit: Google Earth imagery from August 2013 shows it there and in the next image from 2014 it is gone.
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SOCO11
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Re: Track 61

Post by SOCO11 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:56 pm

I think this is the locomotive:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopi ... x?id=62613

It was in an industrial lot until a few years ago. I thought I saw pictures of it being scrapped but I can't find them.

mr. mick
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Re: Track 61

Post by mr. mick » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:03 am

Boston Globe Business section article today by Jon Chesto reports that Track 61's future is subject to Litigation in court, beginning Monday (?).

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Re: Track 61

Post by RenegadeMonster » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:49 am

Is that Litigation about the easement that didn't specify "subway cars"?

mr. mick
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Re: Track 61

Post by mr. mick » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:00 am

Apparently the landowners who were paid handsomely for an easement want to build a condo over the tracks which the MBTA says interferes with their Red Line car testing, etc etc. . To me it sounds like the court decision will a) determine who wins , and b) will probably be appealed, etc. Time will tell...

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Re: Track 61

Post by bostontrainguy » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:32 am

I can't read the article. It's behind a paywall. Who exactly sold this ROW anyhow?

RenegadeMonster
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Re: Track 61

Post by RenegadeMonster » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:24 pm

I'm pretty sure the part of the row that was sold was part of a yard.

The RR that owned the freight rights back in the 1980s sold the yard and created an easement for the row that passes through.

I know this was posted somewhere on these forums, I remember reading it here. I think it was in an other thread about this track.

The easement listed what type of freight that would be transported. That easement never specified passenger rail server or subway cars so the developer who owns the land sued to block it saying it would be detrimental to their development.

I believe this is the only section of the row that has been sold / is part of an easement. And it's dead center between the red line and the sea port.

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