Portsmouth Branch Activity

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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby doublebell » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:05 pm

The cable layer RESPONDER is currently picking up cable at TE SubCom
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby MEC407 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:20 pm

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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby MECFAN » Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:30 pm

DO-1 inbound Rte-33 with 3 Boise and 7 Propane they left 3 Tyco's at Rockingham. The branch has been busy this week.
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby ereuter » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:13 pm

DO-1/310 ran light to clear the branch today: Portsmouth - Rockingham - Portsmouth - Newington - Portsmouth (may have had empties coming back from Newington).

Also, a trailer has been installed in preparation for demolition of the old office building. Electicians were hooking up the power this afternoon.
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby MEC407 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:45 am

The new Sarah Long Bridge is coming along nicely. News video from WMTW-8:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoxfPUHhOa4
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby Dick H » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:12 pm

DO-1 west out of Dover at 11:20Am bound for Portsmouth with the
509w, one box car, one load of lumber and six LPG tank cars...(4/5/17)
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby mokanpy » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:56 pm

ereuter wrote:DO-1/310 ran light to clear the branch today: Portsmouth - Rockingham - Portsmouth - Newington - Portsmouth (may have had empties coming back from Newington).

Also, a trailer has been installed in preparation for demolition of the old office building. Electicians were hooking up the power this afternoon.

What's the progress on the old office? Photos?
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby MECFAN » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:40 pm

The old office which was in the back of Gary's Beverage is gone, they took it down about a month or so ago. There is another building that is attached to it and is still standing, not sure when that will come down.
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby arthur d. » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:57 pm

Well, they did it. Gary's Beverage and everything else is gone, including the last remnant of the old Concord railroad shops, which was about 50 yards south (RR west) of the Gary's complex. Not a word of protest from the Historic District Commission. Funny how that works when the city's interests are at stake.
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby gokeefe » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:08 pm

arthur d. wrote:Not a word of protest from the Historic District Commission. Funny how that works when the city's interests are at stake.


There has to be something to actually preserve beyond just a shell. The presence (or lack thereof) of original interior trims and finishes or original equipment is a major consideration.
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby Dick H » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:32 pm

Track Department has had the Portsmouth Branch OOS much of the day
all this week between Emery and Rockingham. Maybe some routine "touch
up work", or maybe those proposed daily LPG moves to Sea-3 will be coming
this fall.
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby mokanpy » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:33 pm

arthur d. wrote:Well, they did it. Gary's Beverage and everything else is gone, including the last remnant of the old Concord railroad shops, which was about 50 yards south (RR west) of the Gary's complex. Not a word of protest from the Historic District Commission. Funny how that works when the city's interests are at stake.

I'm not familiar with that structure. Do you have a photo or google earth view?
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby Bulkheadflat » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:33 pm

Very sad to see Gary's bev go, I've been stocking up on beer there and walking the tracks next to it during stops in Portsmouth since the early 90's. That was my most reliable place to find the beloved Schaefer, at a reasonable price, for so long!
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Re: Portsmouth Branch Activity

Postby arthur d. » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:24 pm

Gary's still exists. It moved to the Rte 1 bypass (northbound) and a smaller satellite store went in just up the street from the original Gary's.
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