Slatersville Secondary

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Slatersville Secondary

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:13 am

Is the Slatersville Sec. from Woonsocket to Slatersville still used anymore? I know the remaining few blocks of stub in Woonsocket is still used to reverse direction, but is there any business left south/west of the Blackstone River? Per Google Maps the 2 sidings at the end of the line at Steele St. don't look very active, and whatever was in that sand pit deep in the woods west of 146 had its buildings demolished.
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Re: Slatersville Secondary

Postby GE45tonner » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:57 pm

I believe new grade crossing signals were installed at one of the crossings in the past 5 years or so... As far as I know the line is still active. I can't be sure though.
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Re: Slatersville Secondary

Postby ebtmikado » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:20 pm

No trains or customers for more than a year.
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Re: Slatersville Secondary

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:41 pm

ebtmikado wrote:No trains or customers for more than a year.


Dormant but still extant customers, or customers all gone? If it's the latter it's only a matter of time before the clock ticks down to 2-3 years with no movements for just cause to file the abandonment paperwork. There is literally no place to try and attract new customers except for the ones at the very end of the line who are already taking a pass. And 4 miles is too much track to maintain for nothing when half-dozen grade crossings and half-dozen bridges including the major river and 146 spans are included.
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Re: Slatersville Secondary

Postby Teamdriver » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:08 pm

Too bad Praxair doesnt establish a CO2 operation there at their former acetylene plant turned distribution center on Steele street like they have up in Tewksbury.
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Re: Slatersville Secondary

Postby tractionmotor5819 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:14 pm

The state of RI dumped quite a bit of money into track rehab not too long ago. I have walked the line from the Blackstone river bridge to end of track 6 months ago, and it is in I would say, very good shape for about a mile past Alice St. It is in what I would call "good" shape from there to end of track. It is mostly 100/107NH pound rail but then drops to 85/90 lb rail to the end. If a crossing has been rebuilt they usually put at least 100lb thru crossing and compromise to existing weight. There was not too long ago, an interest in a single large facility of some sort to the east of the 146br with rail service, it died for various reasons, I understand part of it was the branch running right through the parcel !
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Re: Slatersville Secondary

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:41 pm

last I heard, the branch in question is listed as OOS...which means that no train can enter without (usually**) a Foreman's permission, or other special instruction.
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