• Watuppa Rails in Fall River

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  by ewh
 
The rails from the Watuppa Branch in downtown Fall River have been pulled up from the causeways to Route 6 effectively removing all the remaining rails from downtown to Whites of Westport. This line was last used around 1980 and had become largely overgrown for the past 35 years.
  by fogg1703
 
Who is pulling the rails? MassDot?
  by ewh
 
Yep, looked like a DOT dump truck (if you take your eyes off the never-ending construction on I-195 you will die), it's now a done deal. Rails are long gone. Trestles remain in place.
  by YamaOfParadise
 
fogg1703 wrote:Who is pulling the rails? MassDot?
Either them or the City of Fall River; it's part of the second phase of the Quequechan River Rail Trail. This section of rail was already physically isolated by the first phase of the trail project, which has been completed for a number of years now. As much as it is a shame the rather high number of old wooden trestles are going with the rails, this end of the branch had already been doomed anyways. There's barely even any industries left in the places it used to serve, let alone industries that could take carload(s).
  by SOCO11
 
There is a section of previously overgrown rail exposed by brush clearing behind the Hampton Inn across from Whites of Westport. There is also surveying around the buildings facing rt 6. This articlehttps://www.heraldnews.com/news/2018032 ... n-westportstates that the owners of the Hampton want to build another hotel on the rt 6 side of the tracks. They are negotiating with Mass DOT on how to handle the ROW. It even mentions a bridge! It will be interesting to see what happens- this should decidethe fate of the last portion of the Watuppa before the bike path. I know Mid City has talked about extending service down to their annex. Maybe that will become the end of track?
  by Ken W2KB
 
SOCO11 wrote:There is a section of previously overgrown rail exposed by brush clearing behind the Hampton Inn across from Whites of Westport. There is also surveying around the buildings facing rt 6. This articlehttps://www.heraldnews.com/news/2018032 ... n-westportstates that the owners of the Hampton want to build another hotel on the rt 6 side of the tracks. They are negotiating with Mass DOT on how to handle the ROW. It even mentions a bridge! It will be interesting to see what happens- this should decidethe fate of the last portion of the Watuppa before the bike path. I know Mid City has talked about extending service down to their annex. Maybe that will become the end of track?
Also interesting that the owner of the Hilton Hotel property wants to build a Marriott Hotel property. Hilton and Marriott are fierce competitors in the hotel industry.
  by SOCO11
 
They own multiple properties. I believe a Marriott brand in New Bedford.
  by SOCO11
 
Construction on the hotel site is progressing. The ROW was briefly exposed during brush clearing and looked very good. I though they may just landscape around the tracks :-D . I thought it might also push the expansion of the Fall River Rail trail. But for now the ROW was just buried under two to three feet of fill with the tracks still intact unless they pulled and removed them in an incredibly short time (I pass by there just about daily).
  by SOCO11
 
I don't know the reason, but the tracks at Mid-City have full cars reaching all the way under rt 88 bridge. I have never seen cars this far back nor this many full cars. Is there an issue with BCLR getting them out? Or maybe trackwork cutting them off temporarily? Whenever they do move them it will be the heaviest move in some time for Bay Colony.
  by GP40MC1118
 
Just storage. Mid-City pulls them out as needed to load. There is hardly any
storage space on the entire line. The runaround at Hixville Road is only good for
12 cars, the old Colonial Beverage siding is overgrown and full of track equipment.
Colonial (JJ Taylor) gets occasional car storage use.

There was a rumor that Mid-City was scrapping cars - WCTX hoppers in the 200 and
300 series. Have not been able to confirm that though.

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