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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby roberttosh » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:00 pm

Any updates on the doublestack clearance project?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby frrc » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:13 am

roberttosh wrote:Any updates on the doublestack clearance project?


Supposed to be done by October 2012 ?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:44 am

They had the ceremony last month in Worcester announcing the project's completion, and the first DS run has already been made to Worcester. Caveat 1: I don't know if it was a domestic DS or a shorter international DS...depends on whether they're still working on some clearances. Caveat 2: The bridge finishing work that's still underway can be a lot of different things; they may be done with clearance work and just be working on unrelated details (abutment construction, removal of temporary structures), or they may indeed have a couple of the less-constricted bridges left to raise.

Don't forget as well, they're only in final design on upgrades to West Springfield renovating that facility with the same types of DS cranes, improved truck access, and yard automation as Worcester got. And are still finishing up construction in Westborough. So full-tilt DS throughput in Massachusetts still has some unfulfilled project dependencies on those other two facilities.

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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby railman616 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:21 pm

They had a Photo Op for the Local Pols a couple of weeks ago but the project is not done. Worcester track work is still in progress. The Intermodel Tracks are done but they are still working on the support tracks.The undercutter had to be brought back to work at CP 96 area due to the bridges near CP 96 not passing the height test. Stack will start coming after the Holiday rush in January. Westboro is up and running now with the FlexiFlow move on Oct 2nd and the cut in of the two new CPs at mp 29 and mp 30. Power will still go through to Boston until next year until they figure out how to properly service the Road Power.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby sd80mac » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:07 pm

So, what does that means for Dewitt yard? Will they stop "single containers" for boston area or adding 2nd to single container trains from boston, which will be going out to west?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby soontobecsxconductor » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:14 pm

as of sat 12/1 doublestacks are running
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby railman616 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:27 pm

Stacks are now heading west out of Worcester. As of the first of Dec. a new General Bulletin was issued raising all clearances to 20' 2" on the B&A. First train L017 went west on Sunday with Stacks. I haven't worked since Sunday so I don't know if there are now inbound Stacks coming to Worcester yet. It will be nice not have to shove 8400 feet of train into West Springfeild anymore.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby JDM864 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:18 pm

railman616 wrote:Stacks are now heading west out of Worcester. As of the first of Dec. a new General Bulletin was issued raising all clearances to 20' 2" on the B&A. First train L017 went west on Sunday with Stacks. I haven't worked since Sunday so I don't know if there are now inbound Stacks coming to Worcester yet. It will be nice not have to shove 8400 feet of train into West Springfeild anymore.


Shoving into West Springfield was fun, especially when Waterboy was helping the Q017 and the entire train did not fit onto the four TV tracks!
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby roberttosh » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:53 pm

West Springfield's unloading tracks look to be much, much shorter than the new Worcester unloading tracks. Not much trailer/container storage space there either.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby CSX Conductor » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:27 pm

railman616 wrote:It will be nice not have to shove 8400 feet of train into West Springfeild anymore.

What's wrong, can't handle it? lol.

8400 feet, wow, that's 10 times my average train, lol.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby 9axle » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:46 pm

JDM864 wrote:
railman616 wrote:Stacks are now heading west out of Worcester. As of the first of Dec. a new General Bulletin was issued raising all clearances to 20' 2" on the B&A. First train L017 went west on Sunday with Stacks. I haven't worked since Sunday so I don't know if there are now inbound Stacks coming to Worcester yet. It will be nice not have to shove 8400 feet of train into West Springfeild anymore.


Shoving into West Springfield was fun, especially when Waterboy was helping the Q017 and the entire train did not fit onto the four TV tracks!



You could just shove back and let the friction of the cars on the adjoining track stop you, but that would be a guy-o-lation of the rules.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby railman616 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:16 pm

Ahh! the fun of shoving back 8400 feet with the water boy, Q017, and the third trick switcher all talk at once while trying to make a hatch on 3 cars on TV3. Luck someone hasn't been killed just bumped around a little. Matt, they only give you the amount of cars that you can handle and in your case you are stretching it with what Amtrak is giving you, lol. Stacks are coming East on Q018 now.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby roberttosh » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:34 pm

So how many Intermodal trains are there per day now running on the B&A?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby JDM864 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:52 am

railman616 wrote:Ahh! the fun of shoving back 8400 feet with the water boy, Q017, and the third trick switcher all talk at once while trying to make a hatch on 3 cars on TV3. Luck someone hasn't been killed just bumped around a little. Matt, they only give you the amount of cars that you can handle and in your case you are stretching it with what Amtrak is giving you, lol. Stacks are coming East on Q018 now.



Yeah...no kidding, and don't forget WW "Yardmaster" and Eli chatting it up too...while you are giving a car count to the head end 8500' away...
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby csor2010 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:08 pm

If people are interested, I put together a compilation of video from over the summer covering the Framingham-Boston portion of the B&A, including a few shots of freights along the Mass Pike.
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