There are two things about this that surprised me: number one that I could've sworn this transaction was already done some time ago, and number two that CSX was retaining freight rights on the Franklin Industrial Track. I thought G&U was getting the freight rights from Milford down to Franklin and on to Walpole, where it would have a secondary interchange with CSX.
BandA wrote:There might be future conflicts with high-level ADA platforms. Is there layover yard space for future theoretical passenger service? What is this stuff about additional transaction and interconnecting three of their southern and western service routes?
The Franklin Line currently does not have a layover. I don't know what the overnight operations look like now, but looking at the current weekday schedule the 5:44am inbound Foxboro train is apparently deadheaded in from Boston as the last inbound train of the night leaves after the last outbound train arrives at that station, and there are three inbound trains that leave Forge Park before the first outbound train arrives there, but no inbound trains after the last outbound train arrives there so it's possible one trainset spends the night there. Pre-COVID, there was at least one trainset that was deadheaded in from Boston (I know because I saw it) and would sit just past Forge Park, and then a scheduled outbound train that would leave South Station at 4:00am, go down the Dorchester Branch, and actually make flag stops at Norwood Central, Walpole, and Franklin/Dean College before turning around (I've actually ridden that train myself!) and becoming the first inbound train of the morning, followed by the second inbound which was the trainset that had deadheaded earlier. So a layover facility (or two) would make operations a lot easier to manage.
The rest of the Milford Secondary is very windy and has a lot of grade crossings, however the ROW at the end of the line between Depot Street and Central Street in Milford widens considerably, with more than enough space for them to build a new layover facility there. What this would mean for Foxboro is that trainsets have to deadhead either from Boston or from Milford to Walpole and then reverse to Foxboro. On the other hand, there is space at the end of the Framingham Secondary in Mansfield for another layover facility.