John Smythe wrote:You are correct about Coheno Lumber in Stoughton, Mass. Although there are a few other sidings along that line that begins at Canton Jctn , and South into downtown Stoughton only the lumber yard is active. Over a decade ago there was a run away lumber car that got loose from the lumber yard siding & traveled downgrade several miles towards Canton before a MBTA train came face to face with it. Cab signals alerted the engineer that something was on the line ahead of him and was able to slow his train & reverse it before a major crash took place. The problem was due to lack of a de-rail device being in place on the siding.
John, I'm sorry but your info right regarding the runaway flat isn't 100%. 1) Ronnie (The T engineer) was already stopped at RTE128 when this went down. 2) Due to ACSES, he was unable to reverse to try to soften the hit as he got a penalty of the brakes. 3) The problem was due to a new employee at Cohenno moving the flatcar with a forklift to clear the driveway. This practice was done regularly but the car was always guided the opposite direction of the main line because it was downhill into their building, and also to avoid something like the runaway from happening. Unfortunately, that day the regular guy Marty was not working and someone new moved the car the wrong way. There was a derail there, but it was an older flop style derail and with the bulkhead flat weighing about 120tons, it just rolled right over it.
Regarding the first siding at Canton Center, that was formerly PLymouth Rubber, which ceased rail activity in about 2003 or so. Last I heard, Keolis track department occasionally uses it for track cars. Other than that the siding is unused. The only other breaks in the iron are Cohenno & Warren Trask.