Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby daybeers » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:41 pm

Why does this alert always exist?
Please board all peak inbound Worcester Line trains on the outbound platforms at Wellesley Farms through Framingham stations weekdays from 3:30 pm until 7:45 pm.

It's the same for the peak outbound trains: please board on the outbound platforms.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:37 am

At Wellesley Hills and West Natick T stations, the only egress to parking or nearby streets are via the "inbound" platform adjacent to track 2 requiring detraining passengers to cross tracks 1 and 2 at grade as there are no pedestrian overpasses at these 2 stations. And at Wellesley Farms, while there is a passenger exit from the outbound platform, it is a very long walk on to get to the commuter rail parking lot. Years back, outbound rush hour trains formerly used track 1 but as there was always the possibility of inbound traffic on track 2 (eg, the eb Lake Shore Limited if it was operating OT), it was a dangerous situation for commuters (esp those listening to music on headphones!) I remember W Natick was particularly dangerous as the outbound train stopped on the pedestrian crossing meaning potentially hundreds of commuter queued up to sprint across the tracks once the train departed west for Framingham. I suspect the T wisely decided to route evening outbound rush hour trains on track 2 to minimize the need for commuters to cross the tracks.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby jaymac » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:04 am

A little OT and mebbe TMI, but the excess-height detector at CP21 in Framingham was to make certain that excess-height EBs -- TrailVans and others -- were on 2 before getting to Natick. 2 had been lowered at Natick to permit excess-height moves under the highway bridge/s. The lowering also made 2 a catch-basin during heavy rain, making 1 the default passenger track in both directions during such events and making excess-height EBs -- and WBs -- hold clear until drainage had happened.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Trinnau » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:49 pm

I suggest you check out this blog post from a few years back which is still applicable. Keolis actually runs the outbound trains on the "inbound" track (track 2) all the way from Back Bay to Framingham. This is in part because the Newton stations also only have platforms on track 2.

They could run "normally" but it would add crossover moves at both CP-3 and CP-11 to access the Newton stations. This is done in the middle of the day, in the evening and on the weekends but it is a lot more reliable to keep the trains on the same track consistently. It also removes any potential conflict with inbound trains which would also have to crossover.
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