What's Up with the Lowell Line?

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What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby l008com » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:12 pm

So the other day, I noticed on the information panel in Winchester, a 20 - 40 minute delay due to "construction".
I've also noticed that the cross street signals, and many others, have been constantly lit up, not just when there's traffic near by.
And tonight I noticed a picture on nerail showing a re-routed Downeaster through Reading.

So what is this mystery construction? And where is it exactly?
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:24 am

l008com wrote:So the other day, I noticed on the information panel in Winchester, a 20 - 40 minute delay due to "construction".
I've also noticed that the cross street signals, and many others, have been constantly lit up, not just when there's traffic near by.
And tonight I noticed a picture on nerail showing a re-routed Downeaster through Reading.

So what is this mystery construction? And where is it exactly?


There were buses between Anderson-Woburn and Wilmington this weekend. So perhaps it was related.

Wish I knew about the rerouted Downeaster trains. I only caught the Downeaster via Reading once, and that was by accident, so the pictures weren't good. :(
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby theseaandalifesaver » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:16 am

Maybe it's just regular track work? What did the MBTA website say?
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby BandM4266 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:54 am

In the description of the photo of the rerouted downeaster pic over on nerail it claims it was due to a culvert replacement on the Lowell line.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby sery2831 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:26 pm

There was a culvert replacement between Anderson and Wilmington. They also replaced some rail in Wilmington Station. And there was some work done just north of North Billerica station. The line had a bus bridge from Anderson Station to Wilmington with two train sets covering both ends of the line.

Saturday the delays were anywhere from 40 mins to an hour, while Sunday delays were about 20 to 30 mins.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:39 am

Cross St Bridge Replacement coming up!

October 17-18: Shuttle buses replacing Lowell Line service between Anderson and North Stations and Winchester and Lowell Stations from Saturday, October 17 through Sunday, October 18, from start to end of service.
Buses will replace train service between North Station and Anderson/Woburn stations from start to end of service on Saturday, October 17th through Sunday, October 18th to allow for necessary railroad bridge replacement at Cross Street in Winchester. Train service will operate between North Station and Winchester Center, and between Anderson/Woburn and Lowell.

Outbound passengers traveling from North Station to Anderson/Woburn, Wilmington, North Billerica, or Lowell will board a shuttle bus to Anderson/Woburn for connecting local train service to Lowell.

Outbound passengers traveling from West Medford, Wedgemere, or Winchester Center to Anderson/Woburn, Wilmington, North Billerica, or Lowell will alight train at Winchester Center and board a shuttle bus to station destination.

Inbound passengers traveling from Lowell, North Billerica, or Wilmington will alight at Anderson/Woburn and board a shuttle bus to Winchester Center, Wedgemere, West Medford, or North Station.

Please allow additional travel time as we are anticipating delays of approximately fifteen minutes.

Last Updated: 10/8/2015 6:07:30 PM


I presume the Downeaster will operate entirely via the Western Route.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:41 pm

Nothing about the Haverhill line trains operating that way. Western Route all the way as well?
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby l008com » Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:50 pm

That's interesting. Are they replacing it with a similar bridge, or are they raising it up some so fewer trucks get stuck? That bridge doesn't actually look bad, not that I've poked around up there ;) Also I'm no bridge inspector heh.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby deathtopumpkins » Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:30 pm

Rockingham Racer wrote:Nothing about the Haverhill line trains operating that way. Western Route all the way as well?


All Haverhill trains already use the Western Route on weekends. The only ones that use the NH Main (Lowell Line) are weekday trains.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:23 am

I'd like to know how the Amtrak/Keolis conflicts will work. 1209 vs 698 is already messy as it is. I wonder if 1209 will hold at WJ, 698 will clear WJ on the Wildcat, then 1209 continues, and 688 will back off the Wildcat and proceed down the Western Route?
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:55 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:I'd like to know how the Amtrak/Keolis conflicts will work. 1209 vs 698 is already messy as it is. I wonder if 1209 will hold at WJ, 698 will clear WJ on the Wildcat, then 1209 continues, and 688 will back off the Wildcat and proceed down the Western Route?


A good possibility. I've been on a train that did just that.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby sery2831 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:23 pm

BostonUrbEx wrote:I'd like to know how the Amtrak/Keolis conflicts will work. 1209 vs 698 is already messy as it is. I wonder if 1209 will hold at WJ, 698 will clear WJ on the Wildcat, then 1209 continues, and 688 will back off the Wildcat and proceed down the Western Route?


I worked 1209 last night. 698 held us up for about 4 minutes at WJ. But we were late from the 30 mph restriction from Oak Grove to Greenwood! I would be willing to bet next week if 698 is on time 1209' will sit at Ash St. If 698 is late they will wait on the Lawrence end.
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Re: What's Up with the Lowell Line?

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:59 pm

1200/2200 follows 690
Amtrak 691 runs 20 minutes behind 1201/2201
1202/2202 follows Amtrak 692
1203/2203 stays ahead of Amtrak 693
1204/2204 should not have any conflicts
1205/2205 waits at Ash Street (actually Winn St overhead bridge) for Amtrak 694
1206/2206 meets Amtrak 695 at Fells
Amtrak 696/695 meet somewhere between Fells and Reading
1207/2207 should not have any conflicts
1208/2208 meets 697 between Fells and Ash Street
1209/2209 will meet Amtrak 698 at CPWJ with 698 taking the Wildcat.
1210/2210/Amtrak 699/1211/2211 should not have any conflicts.

This only if everyone is on time or there's no other issues.

Also RBB&B Circus is in the TD Garden that weekend. No Fitchburg service and bus shuttles on the Lowell Line. Plus I think the Head Of The Charles Regatta is that weekend too!

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