CVRA7 wrote:I was told that the Conn River will have to wait until 2012 as the production crew is tied up in Maine - likely with the Portland-Brunswick improvements. Also he mentioned that there is a heavy demand for rail these days so availibility may be cause a delay. As mentioned earlier this is a massive project - roadbed imprivements plus new ballast, ties, and rail; new passing sidings and signalling and I imagine bridge work - I'm not qualified up there but four major bridges that I can remember would be Chicopee, Willimansett-Holyoke (Conn. River), Mt Tom Jct (Ox Bow) and near East Deerfield (Deerfield River?).
Following the completion of planning, improvements reportedly would start with a limited tie replacement to allow installation of the new welded rail. Then a massive tie replacement and surfacing would follow.
Hmmm, I think the new station in Greenfield is scheduled to be done at the end of summer, looks like its going to sit for a few years before any trains arrive.
Does anybody know what they are planing to use for a station in Northampton? are the going to use the existing station ? or something else. Will there be a stop in Holyoke ?
AFAIK all of the bridges are in decent shape structurally they may need new decking but otherwise they are good to go.
Finally, I thought the plan was to do a 100% replacement. Remove all the old rails and ties, spread the old ballast out and start over is that no longer the plan ?