• Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by bridpath
 
C'mon. Freight is being carried where it might have gone simply to trucks.

Better than nothing? IDK. It's not the New Haven, but times have changed and businesses which nice used rail are gone.

You can beat up the Housy or be grateful there is something left to carry. Unlikely we're going back to the "good ol' days."

YMMV, I guess.
  by shepaug
 
Question. New York. I see on the internet they are talking about the new bike trail over the Housatonic 'abandoned' line.

Did the Housatonic really give it up ? If you were in SW Connecticut it is the only connection to the rail network unless via Massachusetts. Don't know regs but seem they would at least run ANYTHING over it to keep it active.

Yes. There is a connection the P&W uses to the Long Island Railroad etc. Nobody knows the future considering New York City has the sane 'no rail access' problem. Give up a Connecticut - New York connection even if it is to the Hudson River..East Side...
  by troffey
 
Gilbert B Norman wrote: Tue Jul 26, 2022 8:08 am Mr. Ridgefield, hope you enjoyed your drive along Route US7.

From Fife and Drum Restaurant in Kent to Rocky River Inn to the North of New Milford after dark, as the idiots driving their Porsches "a mite bit over" the posted 40/45 came out to "play", was enough for me.

So apparently there is enough business Pittsfield-Canaan (State Line was once the main B&A-NYNH&H interchange) for HRR to "shake the tin cop" and have the "Commonwealth of Tax" drop a "farthing or two" in it. Or might the Commonwealth have visions of extending the new (and reportedly over at the Amtrak Forum, "shaky") Albany-Pittsfield service Southward to Canaan to serve the various attractions (Stockbridge, Tanglewood, skiing) along the New Haven?
Apologies for the delayed response, but I believe that portion of the line is state owned.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/loc ... b1d71.html
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Ridgefielder wrote: Mon Jul 25, 2022 8:38 pm The track in Mass looks great-- nice clean ballast, welded rail. Long cut of ballast hoppers marked for Mass DOT on the siding in Stockbridge.

South of the Conn line though-- jeez Louise.
Mr. Ridgefield, your observation of the MA DOT hoppers certainly establishes the State funding noted by Mr. Troffey.

Now I guess what I am at a loss to understand is why the Commonwealth picked up the tab to benefit a Connecticut industry - Becton Dickinson in Canaan (good sized outfit as this Waterbury Republican article suggests). This medical device manufacturer uses plastic pellets shipped in covered hopper cars originating ???? and interchanged from Chessie to Housy at Pittsfield.

The alternative of transloading at Pittsfield to highway trailers than handling such along US7 is simply "unthinkable". US7 is a "been there." for Mr. Ridgefield, as it also is for me.

I guess the Commonwealth's game plan was to keep the highway clear of this traffic so that the tourist attractions in the area were more readily accessible.
  by Jeff Smith
 
I think I've said this before, but between Canaan and New Milford, Route 7 is bereft of civilization. That's the portion that CtDOT owns. The track, including at NM station, is in piss-poor condition. From NM to Danbury is Housy-owned. That's the busiest stretch in CT. Meanwhile, MNRR continues to want to abandon in New York, in spite of the fact that they're contractually obligated to maintain the line to freight standards, and Housy has potential interchange business with CSX. CtDOT wants to run pax service to at least NM; they should just take the line off Housy's hands.
  by FatNoah
 
Meanwhile, MNRR continues to want to abandon in New York, in spite of the fact that they're contractually obligated to maintain the line to freight standards, and Housy has potential interchange business with CSX
Based on recent STB filings, it looks like the abandonment process is being held in abeyance whilst Housatonic and MNRR negotiate.
  by shepaug
 
well...The Housatonic is still running which I guess is better than nothing.

I hate when things get abandoned and end up a state with no rail left.

Rights to run in New York and the 'trail people' are the trillions and they are acting like they own the Maybrook in 2022. What makes a line 'not abandoned' ? I would run ANYTHING over it to say it is used.

Then to Derby-Ansonia ? NOTHING ? The 'stone trains' used to go over it and it must have been in reasonable shape at one time.

Maybrook Line the only connection by rail out of Connecticut vs. via Massachusetts. (freight) Yes. There is an interchange with the Long Island Railroad.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Last word I had was Housy's traffic South of Canaan (Becton Dickinson) comprises company material and garbage. I guess if they spill either, It's just a case of sweep/pick it up. If any kind of an OS&D claim ever arose from handling garbage, I'd say the sun rose in the West. :-D

Next year is SKS's Centenary; God willing I'm going back, but better not forget the checkbook (well, the password to my Donor Advised Fund). This one is the "Kickoff"; they also plan a "closing" during '24, but I'm not committing to that one. Of course, if someone is considering running for POTUS @ 82yo (and be 86 should he complete the term), maybe I'm too quick to count myself out on that one.
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