Doesn't look like we have a catch-all Bay Colony thread anywhere.
STB filing to formally abandon freight rights on the Millis Line east of Medfield and Needham Branch into Newton: http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/ ... 234662.pdf
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MBTA already gave the trail lobby its 99-year lease, so this is just the last formality before Iron Horse Preservation fleeces the state for yet another bounty of scrap metal and landscapes an unusably lumpy piece of crap trail.
Filing specifically states that they are still holding on to Medfield-Millis. Apparently they're not giving up the 0.0001% hope of attracting a new tenant.
Almost sad to read the copy of their original 1982 and 1987 operating agreements included with this filing: South Dennis, Falmouth, Hyannis, the Plymouth Line, the Hanover Branch, the Greenbush Line to then- end of track in Hingham, Needham, Dean St. Industrial, Lowell Industrial north of South Sudbury, Millis. Every single one of them ended up a total loss for the company except for what meager existence they're eking out today on the Wattupa Branch. This has got to be the single biggest FAILroad in Southern New England in the 40 years since the PC breakup.