I ran into the rumor last night of restoring the connection at clinton MA between the worcester main and the NH Ag branch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyH3YVNg6hY
At first I thought it was just crazy. What purpose could that have? And that connection is on a stiff grade. But on reflection, maybe it is not so crazy. Restoring the connection would allow CSX to serve the customers north of Clinton--Bestway, Teknor and the C&D outfit-- from the north side, say Nashua, Lowell or Lawrence. Ayer would be better, but I think PAS will own the Hill Yard. This would allow CSX to stop service on the Ag branch between the last customer in Northboro, either NewCorr or Ken's dressing, and Clinton. There are no customers, or prospects that I'm aware of, on that stretch of track. That track stretch is also in relatively poor condition and I'm guessing around 15 miles. Once the speeds are up on the Worcester main, the stoneybrook and between Lowell and the Western Route, this would not be all that crazy. And it would provide a reason for the keeping the Clinton siding. I have no idea if there is any truth whatsoever to the rumor, but the potential to drop 15+ miles of poor track with no customers might outweigh the operational issues of connecting in Clinton.