Middletown Branch - Wethersfield Secondary

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Re: Middletown Branch

Postby bwparker1 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:40 am

MikeMM wrote:I went to the Wethersfield meeting last Wednesday put on by the CT DOT.

Service through Wethersfield will begin sometime in April.
Two trains per day ...maybe. One North, one South.
Speed ... 10mph.
Eight public crossing.........horns at each one!

Freight mostly building material. No planned hazardous material.
The P & W presently use Springfield >>Worcester>>Norwich >> New Haven.
This Springfield >>Hartford>> to New Haven will save a lot of time and mileage.

Residents voiced displeasure with horns mostly. The mayor said there are quite hours after 10 PM. Sorry FEDS over rule that!

Residents also would like to know what is sprayed to keep down vegetation as the Wethersfield meadows is used as farmland.

Hope this is helpful...................I'm a newbie !!

Mike


Thanks for the post Mike and welcome. I too live in Wethersfield but was unable to attend the meeting. It really is just one train, the same train will travel down and back, so they are saying "two trains." Things will be creeping through Town, but I think it will be great to hear the engines.

In addition to building materials from Seven D in Rocky Hill, there is potential for outbound loads of non-hazardous, polluted/contaminated soils from the RED Transfer facility in Portland, CT. They are shipping ~ 12-15 cars weekly with service 1-3x per week from P&W.
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Re: Middletown Branch - Wethersfield Secondary

Postby MikeMM » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:53 am

They specifically said "they were not planning on shipping any hazardous material". I think RED process asbestos and
maybe contaminated soil.....maybe they don't consider that stuff hazardous !

I was thinking that they are not using the Springfield line because it is too busy with passenger trains now. So that brings
up a question. How do they get to Springfield from Hartford? on the West side of the river through Windsor or on the
East side of the river through South Windsor using the Hartford RR bridge?

I would think that whatever they are shipping from Worcester to New Haven would now be going through this Middletown branch.

Another question. Now that the G&W owns the P&W and Southern CT is it possible for the S-CT to use the tracks through
Wethersfield. If I had thought of that I might have asked at the meeting.

One thing they mentioned at the meeting was the P&W only has a 6 month (probably renewable) lease with the DOT.

Here's a link to the Hartford Courant article from after the meeting.

https://www.courant.com/community/wethe ... story.html

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Re: Middletown Branch - Wethersfield Secondary

Postby bwparker1 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:16 am

It’s not cost effective to ship the Asbestos via rail (I know people that work there). The contaminated soil works due to the weight and final destination endpoints. Definitions and characteristics for soil are confusing and not related to definitions for “Hazardous” solid waste. I expect you’ll see RED shipments and Loads/Empties for Seven D.
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Re: Middletown Branch - Wethersfield Secondary

Postby bwparker1 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:25 am

Also there is only one way to Springfield. It’s via the Springfield line which goes to Windsor, Enfield & Springfield. The “Armory Line” which runs through South Windsor, is severed at the CT/MA border and tracks long gone in Massachusetts. Normal activity ends in East Windsor at Crop Production Services.
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