The Hill Yard

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The Hill Yard

Postby atholrail » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:16 pm

Today, Fink and Mellon made a surprise visit to Ayer. Flew in via helicopter,(unloaded at Devens somewhere) but talking with a few employees around Ayer today they think something pretty big is going on with the yard. Anyone hear anything? They even held up 23K about an hour or two, just in case they wanted to use the crossing at the wye.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:59 am

Are you sure the crews weren't pulling your leg? Seems a little over the top that Mellon and Fink came swooping in by helicopter unannounced.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:13 am

Maybe the execs just wanted to see the Erie Heritage unit heading up the 23K? It's been a big rail fan draw! :wink:
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby Rockingham Racer » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:14 am

Problem is those two aren't railfans! :P
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby CN9634 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:31 am

Rich folks tend to be partial to the helicopter travel, one on the town I grew up in would use his local shopping plaza as a pad... Not as farfetched as one might believe
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:49 am

Rockingham Racer wrote:Problem is those two aren't railfans! :P


Hopefully they didn't put up a sign "Future Home of Hill Yard Condominiums!"
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby jaymac » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:52 am

If Magic works his magic, there'll once again be movies in Ayer.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby SpiderHill » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:26 pm

BostonUrbEx wrote:Are you sure the crews weren't pulling your leg? Seems a little over the top that Mellon and Fink came swooping in by helicopter unannounced.


At one point in time Mellon was a licensed helicopter pilot and perhaps still is. I recall reading an article in Forbes or Fortune from the early eighties about his rail investments. There was a picture of him flying his helicopter with one of the yards full of rail cars clearly visible out the helicopter window. It was one of the rare interviews that he participated in.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu May 19, 2016 4:09 am

Was there a derailment of AY-1 at Hill Yard yesterday 5/18/16?
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby atholrail » Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:31 am

EDPO went all over the ground at Ayer yesterday. Blocking tracks 4-11..
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby Z31SPL » Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:32 pm

Sounds like a good time
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby newpylong » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:51 pm

POSE piled them up good today tore the lead up at the east end everything but track 1. Cars look like an accordion.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:07 pm

Thought it was SEPO, but anyway looks like five or six cars off. Sigh....
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby newpylong » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:55 am

Oops it is Sepo
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby atholrail » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:16 pm

Quiet Logistics in Devens appears to be doing a major expansion. New building going up and land cleared straight up to track 11 in the Hill. MOW was there today "cleaning up". I cant find anything saying they might be using rail, anyone heard anything on this?

Also Cains has closed up shop.
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