by F-line to Dudley via Park
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:Map really needs some cleanup. I'm a little disappointed that the 2012 update (http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/ ... tewide.pdf) still has a lot of the same errors as the 2007 version.Yuck...this month-old update's got new errata on it, too, in addition to all the uncorrected stuff.
-- OOS trackage on the Fall River Line from the docks to the state line has disappeared. MassCoastal's restoring this to within 1/2 mile of the border for a new customer.
-- All of the Mass EOT-owned landbanked lines have disappeared, both the trailed and untrailed ones (Adams Branch connecting the two active ends, Falmouth Branch to Woods Hole, the entire Framingham & Lowell). But all the ancient stuff that's been abandoned 70 years, reverted to property owners, barely traceable on a map is of course still there.
-- All of the demolished B&M yards in Boston are still showing. The old ones in Somerville showing as active PAR haven't been active in decades, were sold years ago, and have been razed for Assembly Square. And, no, that's not OOS MBTA track...that's Northpoint. Very poor showing, guys.
-- CSX Saxonville Branch is still showing as active.
-- Newburyport Branch, Danvers Branch, Hanover Branch, Saugus Branch, and M&L north of Lawrence-Methuen town line are all landbanked now, not OOS.
-- THE SOUTH COAST RAIL TRAIN STATIONS DON'T EXIST!!!! Get those green dots off there!
-- The T owns the Dedham Branch, the Franklin Industrial, the BRB&L (not "Unknown") and that section of M&L marked "Local". The EOT owns all those random isolated chunks of South Coast lines that are still in CSX color. And a chunk of the Watertown Branch. MassPort owns the Southie port tracks. The state owns the East Boston Branch tracks marked red. PAR sold off that chunk of abandoned track in Haverhill to the city. The Worcester Line transfer is complete.
-- CSX Readville Yard is in the wrong location. It's south of the station.
-- Tewksbury Branch is not OOS. It's long gone.
-- Southbridge Secondary is EOT-owned, not "Unknown". This was correct on the 2007 map...what gives?
-- (as mentioned) That private ROW in Western MA is a trolley interurban that's been gone for 90 years. Nicely preserved ROW...not a RR and never was.
-- Nothing unknown about the activity status of the Mansfield & Framingham from Norton to Mansfield Airport...D-E-A-D.
-- Abandoned south leg of the Grand Junction wye in Chelsea disappeared on this map. That's landbanked for the Urban Ring.
-- There is no fricking way PAR is paying property taxes on as much abandoned ROW as is shown on this map. Guilford couldn't get rid of those title deeds fast enough when it abandoned these lines.
-- That's really cute the Arborway trolley is still showing up as OOS.
This should be a very nice map. It's so much more comprehensive than most state maps with all the GIS data and landbankings and abandoned roadbeds. And I can understand if the privately-owned property has incomplete records. But is it too much to ask that the state verify its own property ownership and STB filings? How did this end up having more errors in it than the one they put out 5 years ago?