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Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby jonnhrr » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:58 pm

I am curious as to how the MBTA handles the Stoughton branch. Is it dispatched by Amtrak as part of the NEC, or do trains switch to MBTA dispatchers when entering the branch?

Also is the branch itself signaled, or is it one train at a time, since it is single track?

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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby AEM7AC920 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:30 pm

jonnhrr wrote:I am curious as to how the MBTA handles the Stoughton branch. Is it dispatched by Amtrak as part of the NEC, or do trains switch to MBTA dispatchers when entering the branch?

Also is the branch itself signaled, or is it one train at a time, since it is single track?

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Amtrak only controls the corridor and out to cp3 on Worcester line. MBCR branch line dispatcher controls the Stoughton branch on the same radio channel as Amtrak. Pretty much all MBCR track is signaled excluding small segments toward end points and yards so yes to answer your question there are cab signals and no waysides.
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby NErailfan » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:41 pm

Not to hyjack, but is there any freight left on this line?
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby obienick » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:00 pm

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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby NErailfan » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:56 pm

As of 2010 that thread has ended. This is 2012...
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:15 pm

there is still freight on the stoughton branch, Cohenno Lumber still gets lumber cars every now and then
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby obienick » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:36 pm

NErailfan wrote:As of 2010 that thread has ended. This is 2012...


So? I was pointing to a very prominent recent example of freight on the line. It would have been posted on here, probably most likely in that thread, if that customer ceased getting lumber cars.
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:13 pm

Cohenno Lumber, as well as Warren Trask Lumber, still receive rail.

As for the Stoughton Branch itself, it is double track from Junction Interlocking (Amtrak's NEC) to Center Interlocking. It is single track from Center to Porter, which is .1 miles north of Stoughton Station. Porter is a signal for Northbound trains only, and southbound there is a sign noting the end of signaled track. After Stoughton Station there is a siding with hand-thrown switches at each end. The siding is used by CSXT to run around their train and by MBCR to allow to trains to got to Stoughton instead of one down and back and keeping the second waiting at Center. Speed for freight is 25mph, passenger 40mph.
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby Robert Paniagua » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:56 am

And not to mention, the last crossing they use is the Brock St Crossing south of Stoughton Station, and the trains actually layover all the way down to the physical end of track right behind Town Spa Pizza just a few hundred feet north of the old Plain St. crossing. From there, there's no more track but the ROW Continues all the way to the Taunton Secondary in Taunton Center
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby AEM7AC920 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:35 pm

I haven't been down in quite some time but last time I was the track does extend further but it's hard to tell because things started growing over.
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby CSX Conductor » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:18 pm

The track looked fine for about 8/9 car lengths, but the T never went there. I believe when we used to run around our train during my CSXT days, we were the only move that would touch Brock Street.
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby 130MM » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:35 am

CSX Conductor wrote:The track looked fine for about 8/9 car lengths, but the T never went there. I believe when we used to run around our train during my CSXT days, we were the only move that would touch Brock Street.


I believe at least one set of passenger equipment uses the track south of Brock St.

The track is still in (for the most part) to North Easton Station.

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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby CSX Conductor » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:06 am

Daw, I guess you're right. That would be easier than having to have one train take the siding and have to use the hand-thrown switch.
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Re: Stoughton Branch dispatching

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:06 pm

before the schedule changes sometime in early 2011, 901 used to go in the hole passed Brock St. and 903 would turn for the first inbound, 902
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