Gardner Branch

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Gardner Branch

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:53 pm

Does P&W have any online customers on the Gardner Branch between Barbers and Gardner? Other than the industrial park right at Barbers east of the I-190 overpass. Tracing the line on Google Maps and what 3 or 4 sidings I did count looked pretty desolate and/or overgrown.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby QB 52.32 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:24 pm

No online customers on the Gardner branch at this point in time. Sidings, I believe, in Holden and Hubbardston, and a spur into the Holden Industrial Park, but no local traffic to my knowledge.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby johnhenry » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:36 am

Curious about the signal light at Barbers Junction. It is located south of the powered switch. Does anyone know its function?
I saw it green on both sides the other day, with the switch lined to the branch to Ayer. I think a westbound Guilford/CSX train had recently passed.
I seem to remember it red at other times and maybe flashing (not sure of memory on this).
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby TrainManTy » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:33 am

johnhenry wrote:Curious about the signal light at Barbers Junction. It is located south of the powered switch. Does anyone know its function?
I saw it green on both sides the other day, with the switch lined to the branch to Ayer. I think a westbound Guilford/CSX train had recently passed.
I seem to remember it red at other times and maybe flashing (not sure of memory on this).


It's a switch position target. There's another at the other end of the single track alongside I-290 right next to WPI's new Gateway Park garage. (Google Maps link) Indications on this one seem to be green (straight) and yellow (diverging).
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby johnhenry » Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:53 pm

Gardner job took 92 cars down from Gardner late this afternoon! Power southbound was 3902, slug3005, and 3906. There were 4 loaded autoracks, 27 general freight, and 61 empty (limestone?) hoppers.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby Billthee » Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:31 am

^ 3005 isn't a slug, its a "B unit". Slugs don't have their own prime mover, etc. They just use power from their "mother" locomotive and provide more traction.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby johnhenry » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:06 pm

The Gardner job used 4 units today - must be due to wet leaves on the rail.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby johnhenry » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:23 pm

An NS GE dash9 from PanAm delivered a loaded covered hopper to St Gobain on the Gardner branch this afternoon.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby b&m 1566 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:23 pm

I often see the train going through Holden and most times there is an engine that brings up the rear; why?
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby Pwrrfan » Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:16 pm

Most P&W trains have locomotives on the rear, especially the locals. Even though WOGR/GRWO isn't a "switching" train per say, as compared to CT-1, NH-1, NR-4, etc, part of using a rear locomotive is to facilitate switching.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:16 pm

b&m 1566 wrote:I often see the train going through Holden and most times there is an engine that brings up the rear; why?

The PAS yard at Gardner often has every cars occupying every track except one upon WOGR's arrival from Worcester. When WOGR arrives Gardner, the lead engines separate and park in whatever available space is at the east end of the yard on an occupied track. The engine that is on the rear pushes WOGR's cars onto the empty track and then unites with the parked engines, grabs loads for Worcester and heads home.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby MEC407 » Wed May 04, 2016 8:40 pm

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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby BM6569 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:08 am

"Nearly $2.4 million in federal funding has been secured for the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company's Gardner Branch rail line that will be used to reduce the risk of derailments that could impact the drinking water supplied to Worcester, officials said.

The $2,376,682 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will rehabilitate 12 miles of track along the Gardner branch."

"The project will install continuous welded rail and ties, making service more efficient."

http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/ ... ts_24.html
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby CPF363 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:40 pm

Wonder if PAR will look for this same kind of finding to rebuild the Worcester Route from West Boylston to Clinton considering it crosses the Wachusett Reservoir and run in close proximity other parts of the reservoir on the Clinton stretch.
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Re: Gardner Branch

Postby jaymac » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:51 am

PWs 582 and 4006 were idling pre-dawn 09-21-2002 on the Gardner yard lead, all 3 yard tracks having racks. Did the 09-20 GRWO have to can, or is there a new operational pattern?
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