Connecticut River Line (Pan Am)

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby newpylong » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:07 am

Majority of current speed restrictions are due to crossings, turnouts, bridges and other geometry issues, not ties.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby lexon » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:30 pm

Rail Trail tunnel progress. Looking for forward to this. I remember for some time carrying my bike across two sets of tracks. When Amtrak started, I biked around via local streets.

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

Lots of steel work when I biked by a number of times.

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby Scalziand » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:22 pm

Like the transformers, the massive turbines for the new CPV power plant in Oxford are going to be shipped by rail, this time being unloaded in Windsor Locks, because the Naugy line doesn't have enough clearance.

http://www.rep-am.com/featured/2017/02/ ... g-trailer/
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby H.F.Malone » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:39 am

Story behind a paywall. Naugy not consulted on this move--- what's the actual height/width dimensions that's too much for the Naugy?
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:34 am

Springfield Line full-highs and Hartford Station canopies prevent getting anything to Berlin Jct. onto the Highland. Ditto full-highs + catenary on New Haven Line for reaching Waterbury from the south. So they have take it Springfield-south absolutely no further than Hartford Yard before transloading to truck. In this case Bradley was easiest for staging that.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby H.F.Malone » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:27 am

Must have been the width this time-- NAUG just moved 3 transformers that were 17-2 OTR.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby J.D. Lang » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:12 am

According to the article in Tuesdays Rep-Am that I read the turbines are 31ft. long, 14 1/2ft. tall 13 1/2ft. wide and weighed & between 250-300 tons each.

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Re: Conn River Line

Postby H.F.Malone » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:23 am

The width is the killer there. Thanks for the info. Wonder if these came via Schnabel car?
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby GU1001 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:55 pm

My son & I were out riding our bikes in Northampton a couple weeks ago. We swung by the underpass construction site. The shoe-fly was removed completely & in its place was welded rail on new ties & deep fresh ballast.

This area had been left with the old jointed rail in place when the line was rebuilt in anticipation of the tunnel construction. They dropped lengths of welded rail which had been sitting in the weeds until recently.

When I had seen the Vermonter negotiating the shoe-fly, they traversed it at maybe 5mph. I imagine it must be helping time keeping with the track work complete. I'm not certain, but there may still be a speed restriction here due to the ongoing tunnel construction.

Does anyone know what's still left to do to bring the project to completion?

Some photos posted here:
https://trainsinthevalley.org/northampton-underpass/
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby Arlington » Thu May 04, 2017 8:38 pm

That linked page is quirky: photos at top run recent-to-old but paragraphs at bottom run oldest-to-new:
Early April 2017 — a long section of new track is being built above the completed half of the underpass. This track will be cut-in to the main line and the shoofly track that was constructed last November will be removed. Once this happens the western half of the underpass will be constructed.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby GU1001 » Fri May 05, 2017 2:55 pm

The tunnel construction is ongoing & I've seen tree removal still in progress in Deerfield this spring.
Does anyone know what's left on the list to finish the rehab of the conn river line in MA?
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby lexon » Fri May 12, 2017 5:04 pm

One fellow I talked to said the rail was moved to one side for this install. Have not verified this yet. No idea who he heard it from or how much the rail was shifted.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby GU1001 » Sat May 13, 2017 8:59 am

From what I had seen, the single track section that was still jointed rail was shifted over to where the old 2nd track used to be. Probably pulled over with loaders or other heavy equipment & then re-surfaced. When the first half of the tunnel was complete, track crews laid out new ties & the lengths of welded rail over where the track was originally. They then cut over to the new section of track & removed the old section. There are some pics showing this if you look around here https://trainsinthevalley.org/northampton-underpass/.
I had noticed that the freight track past the station had been gathering rust over the winter. Wonder if the construction somehow interfered with its use? Anyway the rails are shiny again so all seems back to normal.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby EDFLD Bill » Sat May 13, 2017 11:50 pm

That new piece of track from CPR-18 north to a point 100' south of MP S-18 was built by the contractor that is building the bike tunnel (Northern Construction from Palmer). It was surfaced and lined by C&G. Both are MassDOT contractors...

And the "Freight Track" as you call it, is actually the Controlled Siding and is mostly only used to make meets when necessary.
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Re: Conn River Line

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon May 15, 2017 12:45 pm

Was there some sort of derailment at CP 98 in the past couple days? Was it bad?
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