octr202 wrote:Mike - I believe you're right. I remember hearing somewhere else that the only reason that Malden and Oak Grove have full length high's is that those were to be subway tracks, not railroad, and some modifications had to be made to clear railroad equipment. I'm sure plenty of folks can confirm this, but wasn't the original intent for the railroad tracks to only go as far as accessing the Medford branch, thus the railroad today uses what was intended to be Orange Line tracks from that point north. I would assume the commuter rail tracks would not have been sent through the duckunder if they had been intended to remain as railroad and not subway.
Ron Newman wrote:I'm pretty sure I've seen Mount Hope and Forest Hills commuter rail stations on 1970s (pre-Southwest Corridor) MBTA maps.
jbvb wrote:The North Andover stop wasn't reinstated when Haverhill service was restored for two reasons I can think of: First, it wasn't much more than a mile from the old Lawrence station. Second, trains that stop would block Sutton St., possibly enough to interact with the then-daily jam on 495 where it narrowed down for the Merrimack River bridge.
Shawsheen was also rather close to Andover. My company rented in the building there after it was converted to offices in the early '90s, and at that time the MBTA said they would reinstate the stop if somebody else paid to repair the station. We never found out exactly how much work they had in mind, but now it would be very impractical due to congestion on the single track.
ssetta wrote: Though I would like to know, exactly when did those old stations stop being used, and why didn't they use them for the "new" stations?
TomNelligan wrote:I'm not familiar with the local details but the answer almost certainly involves the availability of real estate and parking. Closed stations were mostly sold off -- the Ashland station became a pub and I believe that Westboro housed a veterinary clinic -- and were thus no longer available to the MBTA when service was restored.
Ron Newman wrote:But even if the station building was no longer available, why didn't the T put the new stop in the same place as the old? The Kendal Green station in Weston is now a private residence, for example, but the train still stops there.
ssetta wrote:Ron Newman wrote:But even if the station building was no longer available, why didn't the T put the new stop in the same place as the old? The Kendal Green station in Weston is now a private residence, for example, but the train still stops there.
Since when? I don't know of any station stop in Weston. Is this on the Framingham/Worcester line? Unless you mean Wellesley Farms, which may actually be in Weston.
*EDIT* Nevermind, I looked on the map, it's on the Acton/Fitchburg line. However, if you look on Google Maps, they actually have names of local Commuter Rail stations, and there's one on the Framingham/Worcester line that says "Weston (Under Const.) Station." It's right before it goes away from the Mass. Pike (headed Outbound), right near those industrial buildings. Did they ever plan for this?
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