Wow, interesting signals.
How many passengers used the Gardener station in the 1980s, vs. using Fitchburg?
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rethcir wrote:Will there be some sort of ski train come winter? That's the real draw for this station methinks.You may want to reconsider and/or re-think that one.
Abe Froman wrote:The "ski train" is nothing new, Wachusett Mountain and the MBTA have done it for several years. One has to keep in mind that Wachusett station is not at the ski area. They are still about a 10 minute drive apart (as opposed to almost 25 minutes to the downtown Fitchburg station). The ski area runs a shuttle bus to meet a pair of regularly scheduled trains which operate a specially modified car - there's a picture in one of the links below. Instead of being to Fitchburg station, it's now to Wachusett Station. So the only real change here is the marketability, as the terminus station has the same name as the ski area.rethcir wrote:Will there be some sort of ski train come winter? That's the real draw for this station methinks.You may want to reconsider and/or re-think that one.
The current commuter rail schedule sees 170 train movements at Wachusett Mon-Fri and 28 on Sat & Sun. Two (2) RT ski trains (1 Sat., 1 Sun), or approximately 1% of the weekly train movements at Wachusett, over (at best) a 16 week ski season, cannot be considered, even by the most optimistic, as "real draw" for this fiasco.
Trinnau wrote:johnpbarlow wrote:In case anyone is curious, here is an example of aspects of the east facing continuously lit CPF-334 interlocking and approach lit distant signals for the station track, main two, and main one. I'm guessing a T train on the station track could use the Diverging Approach aspect to head to the Westminster layover facility at CPF-335.Left-to-right (all signals are also distant signals to CPF-335)
Station track CPF-334 westward home signal (Aspect is Medium Approach in NORAC - correct that this is the lineup to the facility or to a stop at CPF-335)
Track 2 CPF-334 westward home signal
Track 1 automatic signal (staggered heads instead of aligned vertically).
CPF-334 is only an interlocking on track 2 and the station track.