BostonUrbEx wrote:Last time I took a look at Worcester Yard on Google Maps, it wasn't updated for all the work CSX had done. But there's a great view of the yard which has probably been up for some time now. It looks like there is zero manifest freight, and it is all intermodal, with the only manifest stuff being in the P&W yard -- is this true? Was this also the case prior to the redesign? Does CSX have any local customers in Worcester? I'm guessing the manifest stuff just runs West Springfield to Framingham, no stops.
Correct. The reconfigured yard is 100% IM, nothing else. Not sure what mixture was there prior to the big renovation. There's a daily local that runs west from Framingham to handle G&U interchange and what few on-line customers there are in the Westborough-Worcester stretch. Camosse Masonry and Regency Warehouse near Route 20 are the only customers in the City of Worcester. Pretty sure everything west of Worcester Yard (Auburn, Charlton, etc.) is run out of Palmer.
I don't know if they run totally non-stop to Framingham. They'd have to turn out and pause some of the time for slotting vs. commuter trains, and I'm sure they make stopovers to ferry staff and/or power between yards on as-needed basis.