I had heard that a derailment ended it all for Sudbury. Now that I see the extent of it, it's no surprise. That's quite the derailment for an industrial track.
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l008com wrote:Also I've heard it mentioned a few times, including above in this thread I think, that there was a derailment in 00/01 and they just abandoned the line after that.I believe the derailment occurred on a section of track that was built on fill, so the cars tumbled down somewhat of an embankment.
But while I was search for other people's pictures of the sudbury diamond, I found this ONE picture that claims to be from the derailment!!
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That's a hell of a derailment! I was expecting a wheel off the rail, not upside down box cars! How is that even possible, one would assume the speed in that spot would have been something like 5mph or less. I spend an hour searching but could not find any reference to this accident anywhere. It happened just a couple of years too early to be enshrined on the internet. Does anyone know anything else about this accident? Exactly where and how it happened, and more pics would be cool too!
Rabid Transit wrote:I believe this is the same location, pictures taken in 1997.Wow it's so open looking now. It looks NOTHING like that today. It's all thick brush and the rails in the street are gone. The brush obstructs the view so much that you could easily not even know the were one set of tracks there, nevermind two! Then again, at least one of those was still active at the time huh? I guess that'll do it :D
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I recall being somewhat amused by the proximity of trees to the tracks.
By the 1960s, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, like many railroads, was struggling to stay solvent in the face of increased competition from alternate modes of transportation, and so in 1961 it petitioned to be included in the newly formed Penn Central Transportation Company. On December 31, 1968 all of its properties were purchased by Penn Central. Penn Central, however, soon went bankrupt, and on April 1, 1976 it was taken over by Conrail. However, ownership of the former Framingham and Lowell Railroad line was not passed to Conrail, save for a small portion from South Sudbury to Framingham Center, which was named the South Sudbury Industrial Track in 1982; ownership of the line North from South Sudbury to Lowell passed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who contracted with Conrail to provide service. During the 1980s the tracks stretching from South Sudbury to Concord Junction were abandoned, and service was contracted to the Bay Colony Railroad to supply the North Acton-based lumber yards from West Concord.
The present owner, CSX Transportation, took over part of the Conrail system in 1999, including the only remaining active portion of the Framingham and Lowell Railroad which was the South Sudbury Industrial Track (South Sudbury to Framingham Center, a 4.8 mile segment of the Lowell Secondary between the Central Mass right of way in Sudbury and the active Fitchburg Secondary in Framingham. 1.4 miles of the South Sudbury Industrial Track are in the town of Sudbury and 3.4 miles are in the town of Framingham). Service on the line ended on April 13, 2000 when the last CSX train on the South Sudbury Industrial Track derailed off a West spur which led to a lumber yard in Sudbury, this spur is located immediately South of the junction with the East West Central Mass Rail Line right of way (the Boston & Maine Railroad abandoned the Central Mass Branch Rail Line in 1980). In June 2001, CSX applied to the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) for approval to abandon the line. In October 2001 the STB approved the abandonment, although the town of Sudbury filed notice with the STB to request that abandonment be postponed in order to allow negotiations with CSX for acquisition of the line as a rail trail. On August 2004, CSX had removed the rails and ties, leaving bridges in place in the event a path were built. By late 2005, all of the grade crossings had been removed by the Massachusetts Highway Department. Today, the line is in various stages of being converted into the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
Jedijk88 wrote:Page 137 of the Central Mass book second addition notes that the Sudbury lumber yard was B&M served, then arranged to receive cars on a nearby siding on CR's Lowell Secondary Track after BM's abandonment.That would be correct. I remember when both lines were active. Was Mullen lumber. There was a connection even back in 1943. Mullen was just to the east and south (right and below) of the intersection of Station Road and Union Ave. (Now Sudbury Lumber) in this topo . The "connection" to the Central Mass Branch was to the west of the diamond. The area that was used to unload from CR/CSX is part of a relatively new industrial park. I think it was built in the 1980's..
Milepost20 wrote:Somewhere between 365 Boston Post Rd and Landham Rd there is supposedly an old target signal. But I've never ventured back there to find it.East Sudbury station (MP 18.84) was under the Landham Rd. bridge.. 365 Boston Post Rd. would be "Mill Village".
edbear wrote:M193, 2 light staggered automatic approach for South Sudbury interlocking, near Bridge 19.47, was visible from Landham Rd. bridge at East Sudbury station.Above quote is from this post: viewtopic.php?f=77&t=1359&start=45#p973618