• Track 61

  • Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.
Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

Moderators: CRail, sery2831

  by CRail
While it was present on Google earth a few years ago, I went looking for it with a friend and it was not there. We assume it was scrapped by the owner of the property it lived on.

Edit: Google Earth imagery from August 2013 shows it there and in the next image from 2014 it is gone.
  by mr. mick
Boston Globe Business section article today by Jon Chesto reports that Track 61's future is subject to Litigation in court, beginning Monday (?).
  by RenegadeMonster
Is that Litigation about the easement that didn't specify "subway cars"?
  by mr. mick
Apparently the landowners who were paid handsomely for an easement want to build a condo over the tracks which the MBTA says interferes with their Red Line car testing, etc etc. . To me it sounds like the court decision will a) determine who wins , and b) will probably be appealed, etc. Time will tell...
  by bostontrainguy
I can't read the article. It's behind a paywall. Who exactly sold this ROW anyhow?
  by RenegadeMonster
I'm pretty sure the part of the row that was sold was part of a yard.

The RR that owned the freight rights back in the 1980s sold the yard and created an easement for the row that passes through.

I know this was posted somewhere on these forums, I remember reading it here. I think it was in an other thread about this track.

The easement listed what type of freight that would be transported. That easement never specified passenger rail server or subway cars so the developer who owns the land sued to block it saying it would be detrimental to their development.

I believe this is the only section of the row that has been sold / is part of an easement. And it's dead center between the red line and the sea port.
  by RenegadeMonster
Time to polish those rails then. They are need of some love.