Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby Rbts Stn » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:20 pm

GaryAF wrote:Aaaarrrgggghhh!

I should have tested those links before posting them! They're effectively the same! Sorry!

Go to Google street view (the little yellow man) for 426 First Street: this shows the building as "Comcast".

Go a little 'north', to the intersection with Pappas Way: this shows the building as "Casey B. Hayes".

BTW, is this relevant or off topic?

Gary


I'd say off topic.

But I can answer your question. The images showing Comcast are dated from August 2009, while the image showing Casey B Hayes is dated July 2007. Look at the bottom of the image for the date the pictures were taken.
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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby Tracer » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:28 pm

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=426+first ... 0.72,,0,14

Further down first st. a siding and some rail still exist.
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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby GaryAF » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:30 pm

Oops! I should have looked more closely before posting! I'm across Reserved Channel
from the Drydock area.

Good tip on the Google dating. Again, I should have looked before posting.
[an abashed, red-faced smiley...]

Gary

Ach! Please tell me I'm not generating endless emails by editing my post
in small increments!!

[a scarlet-faced smiley under a paper bag......]
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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby mgdemarco » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:59 am

Assume that test run never happened?
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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby bostontrainguy » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:04 pm

mgdemarco wrote:Assume that test run never happened?


No, there was a test run. I even remember seeing the signs posted for "no parking active tracks" or something like that all along the Design Center loading dock. However, if I remember right the (single engine?) train didn't go all the way to the end but actually stopped about half-way down Drydock Ave and didn't cross the road just before the Design Center.
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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:34 am

bostontrainguy wrote:
mgdemarco wrote:Assume that test run never happened?


No, there was a test run. I even remember seeing the signs posted for "no parking active tracks" or something like that all along the Design Center loading dock. However, if I remember right the (single engine?) train didn't go all the way to the end but actually stopped about half-way down Drydock Ave and didn't cross the road just before the Design Center.


The test was kind of useless, because the going-concern Massport plan for active rail to Marine Terminal would relocate the tracks along Design Center to be next to the Drydock Ave. sidewalk for easier turnout up Tide St. to the terminal. Far fewer parking spaces impacted that way; only 2 parking rows of 30 spaces each would have to be slapped with overnight parking bans to allow the trains to run.

As for the tracks to Black Falcoln after Tide St...nobody's got plans for them, but they're still Massport-owned so aren't expected to be ripped out either. If they realign to Tide St. for new active service to Marine T., there'd probably be provision left for throwing down a switch @ Tide and S-curving onto the remaining building-facing Design Ctr. tracks to keep Black Falcon access preserved for future needs.
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Re: Boston Waterfront Industrial Track Reactivation

Postby bostontrainguy » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:32 am

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:As for the tracks to Black Falcoln after Tide St...nobody's got plans for them, but they're still Massport-owned so aren't expected to be ripped out either. If they realign to Tide St. for new active service to Marine T., there'd probably be provision left for throwing down a switch @ Tide and S-curving onto the remaining building-facing Design Ctr. tracks to keep Black Falcon access preserved for future needs.


There is a good change of grade from the street/sidewalk elevation to the Design Center loading dock tracks. An S curve going through the parking lot would be a challenge. They will probably just put a switch in at the start of the new track near the entrance to keep the existing tracks connected and we'll all be dead before we ever see a train actually use them.
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