• Massachusetts Central Railroad (MCER) Discussion

  • 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 TomNelligan
 
YamaOfParadise wrote:Figured I would ask here about this: were the MCER's track(s) that run adjacent to NECR's line in Palmer originally part of CV's mainline, or was it always a separately owned line on a shared right-of-way?
Always two separate railroads, with the current Mass Central line previously being a Boston & Albany/New York Central/Penn Central branch that happened to parallel the CV on the way out of town.
  by whatelyrailfan
 
I saw my very first Mass Central train today, in the Bondsville section of Palmer while stopped at the Church Street crossing. The two bluebirds were power, with a pretty good-sized consist of at least 15 covered hoppers on the head pin, and a number of large flatcars carrying lengths of pipe (LARGE pipes). Just wish I had my Nikon with me! He was headed out of Palmer going east? north?, what customers do they serve?
Peace,
Jonathan
  by Safetee
 
mass central trains go north from palmer.
not a lot of on line customers. mostly transloading at forest lake, ware, and barre plains.

the pipe is probably headed for the barre plains wildwood reload facility. covered hoppers are salt or plastic pellets.
  by backroadrails
 
For those who haven't heard, the NW5 was recently moved to Palmer and is being serviced so it can be returned to operation. The high nose geep they own was also moved to a siding for temporary storage.
  by NHV 669
 
yes, the posts above should give you an idea. 1750/1751 are ex PC GP38's in a bluebird B&M style scheme.
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