• The Stony Brook Branch

  • Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.
Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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  by neman2
 
Because I frequent this area of Pan Am I'm starting this thread about this section of the railroad from Ayer to Chelmsford .

I am posting a picture of the recent rail replacement project that took place in the fall of 2017. The picture shows what happens when you don't replace bad ties before installing new rail. The ties disintegrate. There are more areas like this.

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  by neman2
 
Another picture.

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  by johnpbarlow
 
Well at least rail clips were placed around the decrepit tie! I'm not an expert on the matter, but I think the Stony Brook needs stone and ballast rework, as well as more new ties.
  by newpylong
 
They'll never learn.
  by jaymac
 
Did the R.J. Corman crew have to go through retraining before they could work on other lines?
  by neman2
 
Another location
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  by CPF363
 
Not too mention the line had 132lb welded rail that was replaced with new 115lb welded rail.
  by flyingfox10
 
Rail looks to be the same size in the pictures. I doubt they would replace rail with lighter rail. Especially on a main line.
  by 690
 
Back in the day, B&M had lots of 132 lb rail. Over the years it's been mostly replaced with 115 lb rail.
  by newpylong
 
flyingfox10 wrote:Rail looks to be the same size in the pictures. I doubt they would replace rail with lighter rail. Especially on a main line.
A lot of the 132lb was R4 rail that is largely shot by now. 115 is pretty common for replacement.
  by KSmitty
 
newpylong wrote:R4 rail
?
Not familiar with that term, can you elaborate a little?
  by neman2
 
flyingfox10 wrote:Rail looks to be the same size in the pictures. I doubt they would replace rail with lighter rail. Especially on a main line.
I can confirm that the rail is definitely 115RE rail purchased from A&K . I don't know if it's "relay" or new. I have seen tags on the newly installed rail.
  by newpylong
 
KSmitty wrote:
newpylong wrote:R4 rail
?
Not familiar with that term, can you elaborate a little?
Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act

or

"Bankruptcy rail"

The rail that the B&M put in across the system during the 70s at either part of the R4 act or bankruptcy reorganization.
  by johnpbarlow
 
Didn’t Dustin’s R4 track upgrade of B&M permit single crew to run Rigby to Mechanicville (16 hour max HOS)?
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  by newpylong
 
The max HOS was already down to 12 before Dustin took over.