gokeefe wrote:The size of the Trump infrastructure proposal has given me (and others) reason to seriously question if the North-South Rail Link may be viable again. The current cost-estimate ballpark is $2 billion (which has come way down from the original $8 billion).
That possibility aside Grand Junction is not the favored option by any of the government agencies looking at service between Maine and points beyond Boston. NNEPRA has made public statements to this effect multiple times. They favor consideration of Worcester as well.
The Worcester Branch has seen some significant (self-funded no less ...) investment by Pan Am Railways in the past five years. It is probably closer to Class II than it is to Class I. That doesn't by any means indicate that it would be suitable for passenger service, merely that it is not as far gone as one would reasonably believe based on past history.
I was unaware the GJ was so far off the table. Guess that gaff of announcing potential CR thru Cambridge w/o any community notification a few years back really stung.
How much work does the Worcester branch need for class III?
OLD ORCHARD BEACH (WGME) -- Police confirm that a vehicle, stuck on the tracks, was hit by a train on Union Avenue in Old Orchard Beach.
According to a witness, the vehicle pulled out of a driveway and the throttle malfunctioned. The driver jumped out of the vehicle, and it rolled onto the tracks.
Train 688 was involved in an incident in Old Orchard Beach. The train will be approximately 90 late. Train 689 departure could be late too.
It was an Amtrak Downeaster that hit the car driven by 23 y.o. Carson Filiault. Train lost power briefly, no one aboard was hurt. @WGME
FCM2829 wrote:OK, so the GRand Jct routing of potential NYP-POR is still in play.
Worcester branch sounds like an expensive detour with a dearth of support from most quarters.
That leaves NSRL, a Mayor Dilworth sized endeavor. Maybe larger.
b&m 1566 wrote:can someone give me a quick update on the Brunswick layover facility please.
The Amtrak Downeaster makes five round-trips each day between Portland and Boston. Since November 2012, two of those round-trips have extended to Freeport and Brunswick. Beginning on November 21, 2016, the frequency of service to Freeport and Brunswick will increase to three round-trips each day with the addition of a new late morning southbound departure and new evening arrival times.
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