Pioneer Valley Railroad

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby lexon » Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:13 pm

I remember a number of years ago waking up and not hearing the typical clack at the diamond. I lived about a half mile away. Biked down next morning and no diamond.
Today, riding the rail trail on the old line.
I drive through Holyoke regularly and see an occasional set of different rolling stock.
Before I retired from Hazen Paper as a mechanic, I would take a lunch break at a siding behind the mill. The turnout did not have a lock on it but not used anymore.
Apparently the siding through the front is still capable of connecting to the mainline nearby. A couple times I saw the pickup truck on the rails when I arrived for second shift.

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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby Jedijk88 » Mon May 29, 2017 11:35 am

The last standing semaphore was removed recently due to a new track configuration on the northside of the yard in Westfield.
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby bwparker1 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:12 am

Jedijk88 wrote:The last standing semaphore was removed recently due to a new track configuration on the northside of the yard in Westfield.


Any photos? Was this a Boston and Maine semaphore or New Haven?
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby Jedijk88 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:50 am

This was a New Haven semaphore.
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby J.D. Lang » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:23 pm

Here is a picture of it taken by Charles England and posted on nerail.org awhile back.
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby Ridgefielder » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:26 am

Jedijk88 wrote:This was a New Haven semaphore.

That may well have been THE last standing New Haven semaphore outside of a museum.
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby Jedijk88 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:27 pm

PVRR is running excursions out of Holyoke Heritage Park Saturday Oct 14th

More info here:
http://irishecho.com/2017/10/all-aboard-in-holyoke/
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby Vakharn » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:48 pm

Does the PVRR still run on Water Street in Holyoke? I'd love to catch them street running sometime. If so, is there any kind of regularity to it?
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby Stp243 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:06 am

The PVRR does not currently run on water st. The Pan Am interchange track near S Canal St was recently rebuilt with new tracks and a new grade crossing in conjunction with the Vermonter re-route a few years back. Maybe someday soon we'll see them run down there again. I think I had heard somewhere that the bridge carrying the interchange track over the canal had structual issues...maybe someone else has more information on that?
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby whatelyrailfan » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:13 am

It's the bridge over the canal that does have structural issues, don't know the status of repairs though.
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby newpylong » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:29 pm

Dunno if the bridge has been repaired yet, doubtful if interchange has not re-established: https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... cts--52989
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby New Haven 1 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:06 am

I recall reading something in a newspaper that the project to repair the bridge was to begin soon, but, don't remember the specifics. In any case here is a link to the Mass DOT site from 2017 that mentions this project along with other approved rail infrastructure improvements.

https://blog.mass.gov/transportation/ma ... rtunities/
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Re: Pioneer Valley Railroad

Postby atholrail » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:16 pm

Didn't see it posted here, but Yankee Candle in Holyoke doesn't receive cars anymore, hasn't for awhile now.
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