Physical connections from commuter rail to rapid transit?

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Physical connections from commuter rail to rapid transit?

Postby theseaandalifesaver » Wed May 17, 2006 6:18 pm

this has always puzzled me. are there any lines connecting?

like a red line track that connects to a commuter rail track, or a orange line that connects to a green line track?

or anything close like that?
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Postby CJ » Wed May 17, 2006 7:01 pm

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Re: any lines that intersect?

Postby GP40MC 1116 » Wed May 17, 2006 9:41 pm

theseaandalifesaver wrote:this has always puzzled me. are there any lines connecting?

like a red line track that connects to a commuter rail track, or a orange line that connects to a green line track?

or anything close like that?


http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?20060 ... 032343.jpg

I took this photo this past March
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Postby blink55184 » Thu May 18, 2006 8:43 am

That would be how Commuter trains had access to help out during the 1996 flooding, correct?
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Postby CSX Conductor » Thu May 18, 2006 5:59 pm

Yes, that's how the commuter sets got to Riverside during the flood.
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Postby paulrail » Sat May 20, 2006 2:10 am

Here is a link to a picture of the "event" at Riverside!

Paul

http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?20001 ... A56%3AMBTA
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Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon May 22, 2006 10:14 pm

I think there are Federal rules against permanent connections between subway and CR/freight lines, but there are several places set up where obvious temporary connections can be made. There is the Riverside Green-to-CR connector that is still physically connected but blocked off by a fence and disabled switch where the spur hooks onto the main line. On the Orange Line Southwest Corridor there's a few areas where the median between the OL and CR tracks from Back Bay on out spaces out oddly...which are very clearly provisional spaces for crossovers between the tracks. There's probably something very similar on the Red Line between JFK and Cabot Yard, since the 01700's were delivered from a freight trailer to the Red Line tracks via temporary crossover. Haymarket-North on the Orange Line and much of the Blue Line also paralell CR tracks, so physically it would've been very easy there too to make a temp connection...especially OL in the Wellington area. They could probably even do a permanently-linked track connection and skirt the federal laws if they hooked up the CR crossover to just the unused 3rd/test track. And once the Green Line gets routed along the Lowell and Fitchburg lines for the Union Square and West Medford extensions there will be numerous opportunities for temp linkups out there too. During construction maybe they will even do some temporary connectors for work cars delivering ROW construction supplies by freight.
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Postby sery2831 » Mon May 22, 2006 11:00 pm

At Wellington there is actually a connection at Medford Junction(where the underpass is). There is a fence and a section of track sitting on top of the track, but the connection is complete.
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Postby StevieC48 » Tue May 23, 2006 9:29 am

John dont forget when the Blue Line Hawker Siddleys were delivered they came on their own wheels with a connection between WoodIsland and Airport. "Campbells Gate. Also the Orange line spur you are talking about is how thy delivered the new Orange Line cars too.
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Postby CJ » Tue May 23, 2006 12:11 pm

StevieC48 wrote:John dont forget when the Blue Line Hawker Siddleys were delivered they came on their own wheels with a connection between WoodIsland and Airport. "Campbells Gate. Also the Orange line spur you are talking about is how thy delivered the new Orange Line cars too.


I was thinking about this last night, and couldnt figure out how that would have worked ,but just looked at a current sat map (mind you this would have been ages ago, so it would still be there, though it still could be done)

Im assuming that they would connect to the blue line where the old storage track was, then connected to the old tracks under neptune road, which then would have connected to the CR line from chelsea up in revere for delivery, correct?
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Postby StevieC48 » Tue May 23, 2006 1:00 pm

Yes that is correct there is a photo in a 1978-80 Rollsign by Dan Cohen of them being delivered on the siding.
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