In 1990, Falmouth station had a rail platform installed with a mini high boarding ramp. These never saw a train as the old CC&H was shut down and freight service ended to Falmouth also. Turkington began his damaging shenanigans soon after. There already have been calls by some of the general public to rebuild the train line back to Falmouth Depot, due to the success of the Capeflyer. The bike path would be relocated alongside the rail line as was intended, but that's probably for another day.
If Boston to Cape Cod rail service occurs in 2012 I will eat a jelly doughnut dipped in tomato sauce.
Brakes were applied right before the platform, and we sat for 30 minutes as at least six emergency vehicles showed up. We also left Hyannis almost 20 minutes late: several passengers rushed on right before we left, so I don't know if we were waiting for a connecting bus.
Two passengers were trying to connect with Amtrak 67, leaving at 9:30, and they ended up holding the train 15 minutes for our arrival (on the same platform).
Held in Hyannis for ferry connection from one of the islands. As this train is operated on behalf of the regional transit authority, they have say in that regards. They're lucky someone at Keolis or the T convinced Amtrak to hold the Night Owl for them.
Train 67 has a good cushion in its running time from Boston to New York so holding it a few minutes for connecting passengers in Boston should not be that big of a deal. It is nice to see decent passenger counts on this operation. I can only imagine what more frequent daily year round service could do on this route. Noel Weaver
What's new?? Here it is Labor Day Weekend and another season winds up this weekend for passenger service to Hyannis. I am disappointed that nothing has been posted on this interesting operation for over a week. Inquiring mind (mine) in Florida is very interested in what takes place here. I check this topic virtually every day. Thanks for reading and posting. Noel Weaver
A bit off topic. Hi-Line cruises has cancelled their ferries for Sunday and Monday to the islands. Steamship Authority is taking a wait and see, Hyannis Yacht Club has ordered all boats removed from their dock, so the dock can be dismantled. All this in anticipation of TS Hermine remnants. Just how much this affects tourism to the Cape and Island for Sunday and Labor day remains to be seen.
Definitely going to be some surf, probably some high wind. Forecast is very imprecise. Possibility that ferries or airplanes may not be available for a day or two or more. Ferries should not be canceled so far ahead! Some tourists will panic and leave early. Locals with flexibility might go to Maine for a couple of days instead of the cape. Worst case - tourists on Nantucket & Marthas Vineyard forced to extend. If they miss the Flyer I assume there will be buses.
What is MBTA's policy for maximum predicted wind speed before they shut down service? What speed do they actually halt? Army Corp of Engineers shuts down the Bourne and Sagsomemore Bridges at ?50MPH? How about the railroad bridge?
What does 15-20ft waves do to Buzzard's Bay station?
I'm not sure about Buzzards Bay Station but most homes on nearby Taylor's Point, where the Mass. Maritime Academy is located, were completely destroyed by Hurricane Carol in 1954. It also washed out the roadbed and trestle at Wareham Narrows. The handsome old Wareham Station (torn down by the New Haven in the late '50s or early '60s) had markings on the exterior wall indicating the height of flood waters in 1938 and 1954. If I recall they showed the 1954 depth at about 4 feet and 1938 a foot or so higher.
Thanks, GP40MC, for your regular detailed reporting. A solid year with traffic patterns now established. Now they have to further improve with better reliability, faster speeds, a connections stop on the other side of the canal, and stops at Sandwich and West Barnstable.