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Powerline along the Eastern Route

Postby NH2060 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:48 pm

When did the transmission line between Everett and Revere and through Beverly go up? I noticed their exact design is also found along the Greenbush Line through Hingham and Weymouth, the Worcester-Ayer branch just to the north of the city, as well as the (Saugus?) branch through Malden.
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Re: Powerline along the Eastern Route

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:20 am

NH2060 wrote:When did the transmission line between Everett and Revere and through Beverly go up? I noticed their exact design is also found along the Greenbush Line through Hingham and Weymouth, the Worcester-Ayer branch just to the north of the city, as well as the (Saugus?) branch through Malden.


Re: Saugus Branch

The same style only runs up that branch until it crosses over Rt 60, then it changes to older (?) wood poles. And then the wood poles end at Rt 99, at a substation.


The source is the former coal plant (now natural gas, I'm told) in Everett. The lines then run to the Lynn Waterfront, which Lynn is trying to develop. They require the power company to bury their lines in the immediate vicinity. They end at Marine Blvd. So my guess would be, whenever that coal plant was built, is when they put up the lines. And their purpose is to supply power to Malden and Lynn (and area).
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Re: Powerline along the Eastern Route

Postby jbvb » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:06 pm

I remember seeing the power line along the RoW in Beverly when I first was riding the Eastern Route in the mid-1960s. If the power company bought an easement from the B&M, the date could be found via the Registry of Deeds.
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Re: Powerline along the Eastern Route

Postby edbear » Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:17 pm

I managed Boston & Maine property records, 1973-1985 and the first power lines from Everett to Beverly were constructed in the 1920s. There was an extension along the Gloucester Branch. There was a significant upgrade in the early to mid-1970s.
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Re: Powerline along the Eastern Route

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:40 pm

Just came across this, related to the power lines in Everett:


Waltham, Mass. – March 28, 2013 – National Grid, as part of its ongoing efforts to continually invest in and improve its infrastructure, will begin making upgrades to a portion of its electrical system in Everett that will increase service reliability and energy delivery capacity for residents and businesses in the community.
National Grid will begin reconductoring approximately one and a half miles of electric transmission line within the utility right-of-way that runs parallel to the Northern Strand Community Trail, “Bike to the Sea” bike trail in Everett. Reconductoring involves the replacement of existing power lines with new ones resulting in increased electrical capacity and service reliability.
The work will begin April 1, 2013, and will continue throughout the month with completion of the project anticipated on or around May 1, 2013. During this time, as a safety precaution, a portion of the bike path will be temporarily closed between Medford Street in Malden and West Street in Everett. The rest of the path will be open and accessible to the public.
As part of the project, in cooperation with the City of Everett’s Economic Development Group, last fall National Grid provided landscaping and vegetation management service along the bike path that not only provides safe access to the work site, but has also rejuvenated and beautified that portion of the path. National Grid and the city of Everett is advising residents to take alternate routes during the construction.
“Our customers depend on the electric service we provide to power their lives so it’s important for us to continuously invest in our system and drive improvements that will result in the safest and most reliable service possible,” said Marcy Reed, president, National Grid, MA. “We care about the communities we serve and recognize that these improvements can sometimes cause inconveniences. We’ve worked closely with city officials to coordinate and ensure timely completion of the project and preservation of the bike path.”
Customers with questions about this project should contact Susan Scarcella, Stakeholder Specialist for National Grid, at 781-907-1611.

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Came across the story from Bike to the Sea, as the work requires the closure of the Northern Strand Community Trail (Saugus Branch Rail Trail).
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