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

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  by SOCO11
 
The defunct power plant in New Bedford is going to be sold to a local group of investors that is going to work with the city to redevelop it into part of the Marine Commerce Terminal. The power plant was a major obstruction to bringing rail into the new terminal. With this news there is clear access for rail to the area albeit with some restored street running.
https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/se ... -facility/
  by bostontrainguy
 
That's great news. I don't see any tracks or trains drawn on their renderings but would sure make a lot of sense to extend the track down through here.
  by GP40MC1118
 
The former power plant site has three sidings into the plant. Straight in from the gate was where they unloaded poles and some transformers. Two tracks curved "east" towards the river out on the former coal docks.
  by bostontrainguy
 
The reactivation of the line to Gold Medal Flour (with the possibility of use by the salt company) was discussed here a long long time ago. I just found this video that shows the clearing of the line. Interesting to see this actually happened but then . . . . crickets.

  by SOCO11
 
I have heard that MC plans to build using leftover materials from state. They should have plenty of usable materials left over from SCR. But if that doesn't work out I wonder when they will add the Battleship Cove station if current track upgrades stop at Fall River Depot? It is showing in SCR phase 2 which may never happen but if there was trackwork that close to Gold Medal it makes sense to keep going. It may just be me- but it seems that covered hopper traffic has picked up some over the years.
  by bostontrainguy
 
After watching the video I thought that maybe what they found was why they halted things. We have all seen projects where after clearing the overgrowth they found things were in pretty good shape. Maybe this was a case where things were much worse than expected and that stopped things literally in its tracks. This is going to take a lot more work than expected.
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