Question about MBTA track ownership

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Re: Question about MBTA track ownership

Postby Elcamo » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:49 pm

From peabody near the highways, through danvers and wenham, and then to at least topsfield is all rail-trail now. I highly doubt that they would return rail service to this line, as nearby towns are already served by commuter rail, and these towns (mostly) lack the population density to warrant rail service. It's much more likely that commuter rail from salem (or maybe even the blue line), will come to danvers and peabody.
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Re: Question about MBTA track ownership

Postby #7470 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:33 am

This is an odd question but a good place to ask it. The Newburyport branch crosses my street in Wakefield and is the only portion of the line that still has grade crossing signals. I used two watch these trains when I was a kid. Who would I contact about inquiring to buy one of the crossing signals? The ones that remain haven't lit up since 2001 and owning the one on my street would have a lot of sentimental value to me. I have watched them over the years get hit by cars and trucks and fall to ground only to be taken away, I would like to save just one. Any advice?

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Re: Question about MBTA track ownership

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:41 pm

The only remaining signals are North, Main, Bennet, and Richardson last I knew. I think these have to stay because technically a train could potentially still cross those streets, though very improbable. The tracks are intact (barely) all the way up to the Omlette Depot.
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Re: Question about MBTA track ownership

Postby #7470 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:49 pm

Yeah, I'm on Bennett which still has all 4. Main streets are still in tact, Richardson no longer has any (they were all hit by cars or trucks) and North has only two of the four remaining. There is one that I know of at a crossing just before the Rt.1 crossing. It has no lights, just a pole with the bell still on top. I'd love to get one of the crossings from this line, I just don't know who to talk to about something like that.
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Re: Question about MBTA track ownership

Postby #7470 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:14 pm

And I think you are correct about the crossings needing to stay because technically a train COULD still cross them from the MBTA switch from Wakefield Junction to the omelet place. But not only that, they have recently started removing crossings from the roads and also the crossing signs. They removed all crossbucks in Wakefield except for the ones on the aforementioned roads. Those crossings received "Exempt" signs on all of them. The fact that they did that instead of removing them probably means they don't plan on removing them for a while. That is why I have the one on Lowell Street in Peabody in mind.
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