CSX Boston and Albany Line

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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby Ironman » Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:49 pm

Yes, Beacon Park engine house is still open. Sites for a new engine house are being scouted in Worcester, including up on the P&W at the old B&M yard at Garden St. That's next to I-290, I'm told there was a small B&M yard there back in the day. Also around MP 47 on the B&A, near that pond.

Nothing has been announced, the brass is just looking.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:35 am

Next question:

Is there a timetable for when they start pulling up rail and ties in the main yard and start knocking down/hauling away site structures? Main yard demo is their responsibility in the agreement with the state, while state is tagged with eventually doing the engine yard.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:13 am

speaking on the old Beacon yard, my friend works for an envirmomental company that has been working in and around Beacon Park, checking soil and such, and he heard there is an idea out there from the Commonwealth of re-aligning the Mass Turnpike thru the old yard and upgrade the tolls and interchange...but like with anything, just a rumor
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby ted_roy » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:50 am

Any rumors about the baggage car still left in the yard?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby csxb&aconductor » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:50 pm

heres whats new to east end of the b&a,csx is gonna be out of bp 7/31. the mbcr is taking over dispatching from Worcester to boston on sat 8/3.the b721 is back on and csx is in negotiations to put the new engine house on their land by cp 48/jamesville
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:19 pm

csxb&aconductor wrote:heres whats new to east end of the b&a,csx is gonna be out of bp 7/31. the mbcr is taking over dispatching from Worcester to boston on sat 8/3.the b721 is back on and csx is in negotiations to put the new engine house on their land by cp 48/jamesville


So...where do the engines go for fueling in between the Jul. 31 closure of Beacon Park engine house and whenever they can build the new one?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:40 pm

Trackside tank truck for fuel as needed would be the "quick fix",along with a "service truck" to handle light repairs.
Beyond that,"Dead in tow" back to Selkirk,emergency wheelset swapouts by rented crane as needed.
That may last awhile untill the facilty is approved and built
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:48 am

Is B721 sticking around for the long haul or are they still mulling offloading that job permanently to PAR?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby Komarovsky » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:41 pm

csxb&aconductor wrote:heres whats new to east end of the b&a,csx is gonna be out of bp 7/31. the mbcr is taking over dispatching from Worcester to boston on sat 8/3.the b721 is back on and csx is in negotiations to put the new engine house on their land by cp 48/jamesville


Do you know what land CSX owns near CP 48 in Worcester? Given what I know of the area and what I can see on Google maps, there isn't very much empty land to build on that isn't wetlands or already developed.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby 9axle » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:14 pm

Nothing going in Jamesville, now the buzz is up the branch, where the old B&M yard was along 190.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby Knucklehead » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:17 pm

csxb&aconductor wrote:heres whats new to east end of the b&a,csx is gonna be out of bp 7/31. the mbcr is taking over dispatching from Worcester to boston on sat 8/3.the b721 is back on and csx is in negotiations to put the new engine house on their land by cp 48/jamesville


What frequency will the MBCR be using? Where will the division point be? I assume CP45?
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby frrc » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:31 pm

RE: Engine and Fueling Facility

Perhaps a dumb question, why not work out some arrangement with the P&W, they have both a fueling and repair facility, and it's right next to CSX. The old B&M yard near the 1-290/I-190 interchange hasn't been used in years, but there are at least 4 sidings there....

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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:22 am

9axle wrote:Nothing going in Jamesville, now the buzz is up the branch, where the old B&M yard was along 190.


That whole area is pretty pinned in by new development as well. And good luck keeping the peace between all 3 users of that line.
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby csxb&aconductor » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:57 pm

9axle wrote:Nothing going in Jamesville, now the buzz is up the branch, where the old B&M yard was along 190.

that place is 3rd on the list, csx can't have ups power trapped by other rr's.jamesville is the top choice csx owns the land and its dbl track.just have to come to agreement with national grid
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Re: CSX Boston and Albany Line

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:33 pm

Knucklehead wrote:
csxb&aconductor wrote:heres whats new to east end of the b&a,csx is gonna be out of bp 7/31. the mbcr is taking over dispatching from Worcester to boston on sat 8/3.the b721 is back on and csx is in negotiations to put the new engine house on their land by cp 48/jamesville


What frequency will the MBCR be using? Where will the division point be? I assume CP45?


When we had our radios converted to Narrow Band in January, they were also updated with a few new frequencies. The new frequency for the Worcester Main line shows up in my radio as: "FR/WO RD 020" From what I have heard, CP 45 will still be in control of the CSX NA dispatcher, MBCR will have control from COVE (exclusive)-CP 45 (exclusive). Hence, negotiations are in talk of how our trains will get into the P&W to access the layover tracks that are currently under construction, in the sense that our trains will hopefully not require CSX paper work just to navigate thru CP 45 to access the P&W
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