• NECR Lease Connecting White River Junction to Lebanon - Rymes Propane, Westboro Rail Yard

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

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  by Jeff Smith
A couple months old: https://www.concordmonitor.com/State-ra ... t-38450850
The railroad company that manages about 2 miles of tracks connecting Lebanon to major rail lines in White River Junction is asking permission to continue operations there for the next decade.

The New England Central Railroad, or NECR, is seeking a 10-year lease with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation that would allow it to continue using state-owned rails to deliver propane, bulk cement and salt into West Lebanon.

Under the proposal, NECR would continue to pay 5% of its monthly gross operating revenue to the state, which has traditionally brought in about $20,000 a year to Concord.
That means the company that last year bought Rymes Propane & Oil, which until recently operated a propane offloading facility at the tracks in the Westboro Yard, wouldn’t be required to seek a separate sublease with the state. Instead, it could negotiate directly with the railroad.
  by Allouette
The City of Lebanon keeps trying to assert a right to manage the former B&M property leased by NECR. In the end it will be decided by the Executive Council, which is where all state contracts end up. If Lebanon had its way the whole area would be used for recreational purposes despite its questionable status as a brownfield.
  by NHV 669
They're still trying to get funding set to tear down at least some of the old yard structures. Still a terrible location for any kind of public park.
  by NHV 669
https://www.vnews.com/Westboro-Yard-wor ... y-42969974

Valley News writeup of the ongoing demolition.
Crews with Pine Hill Construction, based in Claremont, started work on the $756,430 demolition project last week and had already taken down a bunkhouse at the rail yard. Two workers on a boom Tuesday afternoon were also dismantling a 70-foot smokestack at the site.

The ruins of the old roundhouse are next, though part of the structure is also being remediated for suspected asbestos contamination.