Somerville question

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Somerville question

Postby MEC407 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:39 pm

Can anyone tell me the name of this switch/junction in Somerville, and also the exact milepost if possible?

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Re: Somerville question

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:51 am

That is Mystic Junction. Roughly MP 1.8 or 1.9 or so. Mystic Jct itself is 1.9 -- but I believe the signpost is at the ABS signals, meaning the switch might be 1.8.

The switch leads to what is referred to as the Yard 10 lead.
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Re: Somerville question

Postby MEC407 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:01 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Somerville question

Postby kwf » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:43 am

That spot is the general area of the Prospect Hill Station, which was on the south side of the tracks.
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Re: Somerville question

Postby MEC407 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:00 am

Are all the tracks in that area owned by the T?
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Re: Somerville question

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:27 am

MEC407 wrote:Are all the tracks in that area owned by the T?


Yes. PAR ceded what it had left in the Green Line Extension land swap. All they've got left for guarantees is a parking spot between commuter slots.
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Re: Somerville question

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:10 pm

Yep, anything PAR owned from Somerville Jct, down through Yard 8, and up to 3rd Ave/FX is now state owned. PAR is still "maintaining" the track through Yard 8, by which I mean they're doing the bare minimum to keep a single through-track in service.

The only ROW that PAR actually still owns in the urban core, as far as I know, is the Yard 21 lead (3rd Iron and 4th Iron east of FX), Yard 2 lead (I guess that's what it would be called? It comes off the Davis Track and runs behind the buildings on A St in Charlestown), the Medford Branch, and the East Boston Branch.
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Re: Somerville question

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:58 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:Yep, anything PAR owned from Somerville Jct, down through Yard 8, and up to 3rd Ave/FX is now state owned. PAR is still "maintaining" the track through Yard 8, by which I mean they're doing the bare minimum to keep a single through-track in service.

The only ROW that PAR actually still owns in the urban core, as far as I know, is the Yard 21 lead (3rd Iron and 4th Iron east of FX), Yard 2 lead (I guess that's what it would be called? It comes off the Davis Track and runs behind the buildings on A St in Charlestown), the Medford Branch, and the East Boston Branch.


Actually, Eastie Branch has been the T's ever since the 1976 B&M bankruptcy asset sale. Conrail held onto the ownership of their portion further inbound longer than B&M did and didn't sell until they abandoned. Only reason there's still anything reactivatable to Global Petroleum on the system map is because PAR's trackage rights there are free-as-in-beer.

Inside of Route 128 self-ownership is down to just Medford and *maybe* that derelict crud on the other side of the I-93 decks. State Rail Map hasn't been updated to show the GLX land swaps taking effect, so it's possible that stuff along the decks transacted in the fine print. And if it didn't, PAR is only holding onto the property from Community College to D St. in wait for MassDOT to dust off another pass at a Charlestown/Rutherford Haul Road study that perks up the sale value by a couple nickels.
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Re: Somerville question

Postby MEC407 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:55 pm

Thanks again for the information, guys. I really appreciate it.
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