Cape Flyer Discussion

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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby GP40MC1118 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:27 am

Friday

Boston 253 + 20 bikes. Into Hyannis - 189 + 20 bikes

Saturday

Boston 152 + 22 bikes. Into Hyannis - 129 + 18 bikes

Sunday

Boston 56 + 3 bikes. Into Hyannis 58 + 5 bikes.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby Noel Weaver » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:40 pm

To bump this back up where it can be easily checked, is there any news as to what the situation with the Cape Flyer will be in the summer of 2018?
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:07 pm

Schedule's usually released 1st week of April, so a little early yet. Fully funded for the '18 season, so no major changes.

MassDOT has 4 years worth of funded Cape Rail-related capital upgrades scheduled. 2017 saw major track work begin on the Middleboro Secondary, and '18 should see continuation of M'boro Sec. progress and new hardware being dropped on the mainland Cape Main. They're expanding Rochester Yard, doing state-of-repair closeout of all chores still leftover from previous Flyer construction seasons, and preparing for the scheduled 2019 replacement of Cohasset Narrows Bridge just west of BB station. '19-20 seasons will cross the Canal and work state-of-repair on that side of the Main, do some major Falmouth Branch work, and rehab the Yarmouth spur. Big stuff, and a lot of it.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby Safetee » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:16 pm

Has the state recently purchased Rochester yard?
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:48 pm

Is this the yard the F40 "screamers" were sent for storage before scrapping?
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:46 am

Yes. The yard reconfig/expansion is to enhance flexibility for dual use w/ Mass Coastal trash train freight and for letting various T subcontractors set up shop down there to do outsource work. There isn't much detail available about scope-of-work with Rochester beyond the MassDOT TIP line item, but it's a substantial earmark at $6.8M so whatever they're doing there is pretty extensive.

Right now all the Screamers and most of the MBB's are out on the Main second iron in eyesight of the yard, and the new MassDOT ballast cars get parked between jobs on the first track inside the yard. However, the switch layout in the yard means most of the rest of the space at/around the yard is unusable for T storage in order to give the MC trash train passage through the crossovers and through the rear yard tracks into the trash plant siding. Two other groupings of 15xx cabs (looks like 7-8 total) are stuffed a full half-mile south bookending the County Rd. grade crossing, attached to strings of rusted derelict work cars: one grouping just north of the crossing on a stub track, and the other grouping just south of the crossing on a passing siding/runaround. Doesn't appear either string has moved in the last 18 months based on contrasting Google views. Since both are in near-effortless tagging access to trespassers from the County crossing, that's probably a vulnerability they're trying to correct with the yard project. They'd have more space inside the yard to work with if a switch reconfig gave the trash train more fluid passing access around the storage tracks, and it looks like by cutting down a row of trees between the main and first yard track there might be space to lay another 1800+ ft. yard track.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:55 am

I was told many years ago that the SEMASS yard was actually owned by SEMASS and not
the railroad at the time (Bay Colony). Not sure..

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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby Choo Choo Coleman » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:52 am

Anyone know the final numbers for 2017? Never saw them here or on CF site.
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby Safetee » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:02 am

Since the Rochester yard was constructed, with the exception of the adjacent long passing siding, it was all the property of and maintained by the power plant. I am unaware of any change in ownership since that time..
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Re: Cape Flyer Discussion

Postby Falmouth Secondary to Otis » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:55 am

On Tuesday 3/20/18 the US Army Corps of Engineers announced at a public meeting held at the Hyannis transportation center that the Sagamore bridge will be under construction 4/2/18 to 5/25/18 with one lane each way and the Bourne bridge will also be under construction 9/6/18 to 11/28/18 with one lane each way also. I have heard through local sources here on the Cape that the Cape Flyer's operating season may be extended later into the fall to give people a option to get around the traffic congestion as a result of bridge construction. Due to many reasons ( not made public ) it was said the Cape Flyer cannot start any earlier than Memorial day weekend unfortunately, which if it could would have given people a alternative option to getting to the Cape instead of sitting in traffic at the Sagamore bridge.
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