Connecticut River Line (Pan Am)

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby GU1001 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:15 am

Another tie fire in Northfield.
This time contained to freight cars behind the locomotive.

As reported on WWLP this morning:

http://wwlp.com/2017/09/25/5-fire-departments-attack-railroad-freight-car-fire-in-northfield/
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby lexon » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:55 am

You beat me to it. Just saw it a short time ago.

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby lexon » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:01 pm

Arlington wrote:Update (with photos) from Northampton:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... 2310751055

Shows completed box tunnel with rail above and new one being built (rebar for its bottom)


I bike the area quite often and they did some serious steel work in the beginning.
People can approach from a sidewalk behind Walgreens or from the rail trail that passes Union Station. I have seen many cross over the tracks from behind Walgreens.

https://trainsinthevalley.org/northampton-underpass/

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby Train60 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:53 pm

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby newpylong » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:11 pm

Well, there's a lot of scrap ties because the entire line was rebuilt.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby johnpbarlow » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:05 am

EDPO seems to haul these ex-D&H hoppers and other company cars loaded with spent ties on a pretty regular basis - I'm guessing they're headed to PermaTreat at Mattawamkeag for burning?
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby 690 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:54 am

Yes, that's generally where they end up eventually.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby newpylong » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:38 pm

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby BM6569 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:20 pm

Is this where there was a speed restriction for the switch?
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby newpylong » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:25 pm

Yes 25 mph. I would think it will be good for at least Limited speed now.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby jay.barnes » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:47 am

Just out of curiosity - does anyone have any sort of current status of the line's restoration? I still see some signals "turned in", and not in service yet (a couple new signals just north of the Holyoke Amtrak station are the first that come to mind).

What is there left to do on the line?
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby shadyjay » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:40 pm

Not sure what the delay in Holyoke is.... those signals have been turned away and portions of a new track laid since the line opened.

There are stacks of ties waiting to be installed along the "straightaway" between Northampton and Greenfield. There's also a 2nd track on the west side of the line that looks like it is in some state of possible restoration. Also there is some clearing in the Bernardston area where a second track or some siding is possible.
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