The Stony Brook Branch

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The Stony Brook Branch

Postby neman2 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:04 pm

Because I frequent this area of Pan Am I'm starting this thread about this section of the railroad from Ayer to Chelmsford .

I am posting a picture of the recent rail replacement project that took place in the fall of 2017. The picture shows what happens when you don't replace bad ties before installing new rail. The ties disintegrate. There are more areas like this.

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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby neman2 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:06 pm

Another picture.

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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby johnpbarlow » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:59 am

Well at least rail clips were placed around the decrepit tie! I'm not an expert on the matter, but I think the Stony Brook needs stone and ballast rework, as well as more new ties.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby newpylong » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:30 am

They'll never learn.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby jaymac » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:10 am

Did the R.J. Corman crew have to go through retraining before they could work on other lines?
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby neman2 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:54 pm

Another location

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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby CPF363 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:45 pm

Not too mention the line had 132lb welded rail that was replaced with new 115lb welded rail.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby flyingfox10 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:51 pm

Rail looks to be the same size in the pictures. I doubt they would replace rail with lighter rail. Especially on a main line.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby 690 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:16 pm

Back in the day, B&M had lots of 132 lb rail. Over the years it's been mostly replaced with 115 lb rail.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby newpylong » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:23 pm

flyingfox10 wrote:Rail looks to be the same size in the pictures. I doubt they would replace rail with lighter rail. Especially on a main line.


A lot of the 132lb was R4 rail that is largely shot by now. 115 is pretty common for replacement.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby KSmitty » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:35 pm

newpylong wrote:R4 rail

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Not familiar with that term, can you elaborate a little?
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby neman2 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:44 pm

flyingfox10 wrote:Rail looks to be the same size in the pictures. I doubt they would replace rail with lighter rail. Especially on a main line.


I can confirm that the rail is definitely 115RE rail purchased from A&K . I don't know if it's "relay" or new. I have seen tags on the newly installed rail.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby newpylong » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:38 am

KSmitty wrote:
newpylong wrote:R4 rail

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Not familiar with that term, can you elaborate a little?


Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act

or

"Bankruptcy rail"

The rail that the B&M put in across the system during the 70s at either part of the R4 act or bankruptcy reorganization.
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:07 pm

Didn’t Dustin’s R4 track upgrade of B&M permit single crew to run Rigby to Mechanicville (16 hour max HOS)?
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Re: The Stony Brook Branch

Postby newpylong » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:21 pm

The max HOS was already down to 12 before Dustin took over.
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