New Signals At PCA in Northampton

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New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby whatelyrailfan » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:26 pm

I'm curious as to why, after all these years, are there crossing lights at PCA? I first noticed them about a month ago, and can't figure out why now? Did PCA pay Pan Am to put them in?
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby newpylong » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:19 pm

Likely because that's one of the most dangerous crossings for conductors to flag ever.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby Safetee » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:35 pm

long overdue. a safety hazard for automobiles and train crews especially at night.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby BostonUrbEx » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:43 pm

It is about time. The number of near-misses (including ones which surely would have been fatal) is astronomical.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby whatelyrailfan » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:20 pm

Gotcha. So it's a safety issue, makes sense, I just never realized it was that bad. Thanks for the info.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby EDFLD Bill » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:45 am

whatelyrailfan wrote:I'm curious as to why, after all these years, are there crossing lights at PCA? I first noticed them about a month ago, and can't figure out why now? Did PCA pay Pan Am to put them in?
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Ordered and paid for by MassDOT, who owns the Conn River. Installed by Pan Am. In service late last week.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby Rockingham Racer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:56 am

What's PCA?
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby jaymac » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:12 am

Per Google, PCA is Packaging Corporation of America, 525 Mount Tom Road. Per GEarth, the PCA siding crosses Mount Tom Road, and Mount Tom Road is U.S. 5, so why there weren't crossing signals from before the start of the facility is -- like so much in life -- beyond me.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby EDFLD Bill » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:43 am

Rockingham Racer wrote:What's PCA?


Packaging Corporation of America. Their siding cuts across Route 5. Heavy car traffic through there. Also known as Tri-City.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby newpylong » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:00 am

Look on the bottom of carboard boxes eventually you will see a box made by PCA.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby lexon » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:27 pm

I ride that area a lot. Have not seen freight cars there in quite some time.

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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby EDFLD Bill » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:49 am

lexon wrote:I ride that area a lot. Have not seen freight cars there in quite some time.

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That's because they are inside the building.....
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby whatelyrailfan » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:39 am

EDFLD Bill wrote:
lexon wrote:I ride that area a lot. Have not seen freight cars there in quite some time.

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That's because they are inside the building.....

Correct. If you're lucky, you MIGHT see a string of boxcars parked outside, but for the most part, you have to be there when PCA is being switched to really see anything.
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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby lexon » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:03 pm

Ok. Never been back there. I use to see freight cars a lot outside at one time.
Might be two years ago I was riding my bicycle from the rail trail up to Hamp on Rt 5 and had to stop at the crossing for a freight.

About six years ago I picked up one of the Atlas HO sound locos that delivers to PAC.

Got to check out the rail trail tunnel at Hamp some time.

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Re: New Signals At PCA in Northampton

Postby gokeefe » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:59 pm

newpylong wrote:Likely because that's one of the most dangerous crossings for conductors to flag ever.


Wow! Just took a look at the old crossing in Streetview. I can completely see how that would be the case. That really is one of the worst protected highway crossings I have ever seen. Even worse because the crossbucks, warning signs and roadway markings are very poorly placed.
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