edbear wrote:How about Newton Upper Falls through Needham to Needham Jct. Whatever remains Needham Jct.-Millis. Anything left on what the New Haven called the 'Upper Level' at Woonsocket?
Rail trail was approved on both the Needham Heights-Upper Falls segments and the Needham Jct.-Medfield Jct. segments about 1-1/2 months ago. On Heights-Falls the towns still reaffirmed a statement of support for the Green Line extension, so that (at least as far as they're concerned...not the T) is intended as an "interim" trail. MassHighway is due to rip down and reconstruct the bridge over Route 128 for the add-a-lane project, and is building the new bridge at 2-track width as provision for any future reactivation.
Needham-Medfield, on the other hand...the NIMBY's in Dover are dancing in the streets, and Iron Horse will show in a year or so like the Angel of Death to cart away all the ROW hardware for scrap and lay down one of their godawful-graded scam job trails. Millis sheds a tear...they're the town that really wanted commuter rail, and now that (nominally active) industrial track west of the junction is cut off from any halfway convenient passenger routing (only other option is zigzag move north of Walpole from the Franklin Line...which isn't gonna fly). It's a bicycle lobby driving that trail, so they have no idea how disappointed they're going to be at the terrible surface ride quality that Iron Horse is going to stick them with.
Woonsocket is, surprisingly, still intact and nearly totally unencroached from Bellingham Jct. to where it crosses the Air Line. I think that's because it passes through a lot of sand pits too poor-quality soil for building much in the way of new housing. Puzzled the East Coast Greenway folks aren't putting the Southern NE Trunkline trail on there to Bellingham and instead have dead-ended it at the end of the active Franklin Industrial. It doesn't have any connectivity to other trails from that terminus, whereas getting to Bellingham puts them within a sniff of the Upper Charles trail Milford-Holliston with available power line ROW next to the active Milford Branch.
Harris Pond is uncrossable now, so ROW is obliterated there. The water level in the pond has risen significantly and has submerged the embankment through there. Not sure why...but you can track the progression through time on Historic Aerials. The pond is physically quite a bit larger and deeper than it was 40 years ago. Up until about 3 years ago P&W still had extant tracks going about 800 ft. across the state line onto the tip of the embankment, as a runaround for 2 businesses sitting on the state line. But it was recently abandoned with all crossings freshly paved. The active runaround track for the Slatersville Secondary/mainline junction now ends about a hundred feet south of the Prospect St. crossing.