Old Readville shops

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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MBTA1016 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:32 pm

Is there anyway the T is gonna deactivate the abanded ROW heading west of the old yard? Did this ROW comment to the present day Franklin line by islington station as well? On goggle maps I spotted a row branching of the franklin line just past islington station the branch then turns into route 1 if u follow it away from the franklin line.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby The EGE » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:40 pm

Yes, Route 1 follows a former ROW. Original Norfolk County Railroad (nee Wapole Railroad), abandoned 1932 after last passenger service in 1904. Service patterns were complex - several branches following similar routes have served Dedham. Kid, pony up the 10 bucks plus shipping and get yourself a copy of this book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/ ... ition=used

Then get this too: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Railroads-En ... 942147111/

That'll save half your questions.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MarkB » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:00 am

There are tracks that runs about 3/4 of a mile south of Walcott Sq that are in use today - trains idle loudly late Sunday nights all year, and there are super-bright lights overhead at the south end There's also a set of tracks just north of Walcott sq - not sure if they are active
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MBTA3247 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:01 pm

MarkB wrote:There are tracks that runs about 3/4 of a mile south of Walcott Sq that are in use today - trains idle loudly late Sunday nights all year, and there are super-bright lights overhead at the south end

That would be the CSX freight yard. Also, it's Wolcott Sq.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby CSX Conductor » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:04 pm

MarkB wrote:There are tracks that runs about 3/4 of a mile south of Walcott Sq that are in use today - trains idle loudly late Sunday nights all year, and there are super-bright lights overhead at the south end There's also a set of tracks just north of Walcott sq - not sure if they are active

South (railroad west) of Wolcott Square is 1 Yard, 2 Yard is the one paralleling the Dorchester Branch, and 5 Yard is the one that is vacant over by the Sprague Street Bridge. The track to the right of 5 Yard is what little bit that's left of the old Dedham Industrial Track.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby Tracer » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:58 pm

Still a couple of old railroad buildings in the back, although i don't think any date back to Mark's map. An old truck turntable is still embedded in the asphalt at the end of industrial dr.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MarkB » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:23 pm

I just picked up the little free community newspaper at the supermarket in Hyde Park, and it had an article about the Readville yard. Apparently, the weasels in my town of Dedham managed to get the MBTA to put a solar panel farm in the entire Dedham half of the property. The Boston property is currently up for bid, zoned for light industrial use, but the local residents want to know why their side can''t be solar panels too. Suckers! This is the first I've heard of it, and I follow Dedham news fairly closely. Deals were done to make sure there was no more traffic on the Dedham side, and no more kids in the school system. Ah, the suburbs!
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MBTA1016 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:39 pm

I'll try to get more info on that, I have a family member that lives close to the readville station.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:58 pm

MarkB wrote:I just picked up the little free community newspaper at the supermarket in Hyde Park, and it had an article about the Readville yard. Apparently, the weasels in my town of Dedham managed to get the MBTA to put a solar panel farm in the entire Dedham half of the property. The Boston property is currently up for bid, zoned for light industrial use, but the local residents want to know why their side can''t be solar panels too. Suckers! This is the first I've heard of it, and I follow Dedham news fairly closely. Deals were done to make sure there was no more traffic on the Dedham side, and no more kids in the school system. Ah, the suburbs!


The T was going to do plantings to pretty it up a bit while it's inactive. Panels seem like a good enough use. Hey, if they build something there...relocate 'em to the roof.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MarkB » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:17 am

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:
MarkB wrote:I just picked up the little free community newspaper at the supermarket in Hyde Park, and it had an article about the Readville yard. Apparently, the weasels in my town of Dedham managed to get the MBTA to put a solar panel farm in the entire Dedham half of the property. The Boston property is currently up for bid, zoned for light industrial use, but the local residents want to know why their side can''t be solar panels too. Suckers! This is the first I've heard of it, and I follow Dedham news fairly closely. Deals were done to make sure there was no more traffic on the Dedham side, and no more kids in the school system. Ah, the suburbs!


The T was going to do plantings to pretty it up a bit while it's inactive. Panels seem like a good enough use. Hey, if they build something there...relocate 'em to the roof.



I hope you like the idea - because you'll by paying into the subsidy the T gets to have them sitting there.
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Re: Old Readville shops

Postby MBTA1016 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:29 am

At least it's not gonna be an industrial park on the Dedham side. When they were cleaning the yard up people wouldnt give 18 wheelers a break at the rotary near endicott station. They don't need trucks going through there during rush hour. East st connects the rotary mentioned above and the one at I-95/rte128.
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