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NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1016 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:00 am

Hi all, I'm confused as to why there are platforms on the NEC at readville if they are rarely used.
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby highwayman » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:04 am

You're not the only one confused. Several times, while enjoying a coffee parked in the station parking lot, I've redirected commuters that are new to the system to the franklin branch platform. As far as I know, since the Southwest Corridor rebuild of the 80's, no trains have made scheduled stops on those Platforms.
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1016 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:22 pm

I was there Monday railfanning and someone was standing on the inbound NEC platform waiting for a train that would never stop. I told him that the next inbound was gonna be on the fairmount line. What's the purpose of the platforms and why are they still there?
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby NH2060 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:52 pm

Judging from the Youtube vids I've seen those platforms make for some excellent trainspotting. So regardless of why they're there to begin with at least they're getting some kind of use ;-)
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby deathtopumpkins » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:55 pm

They're probably just there for operational flexibility. Even if the T doesn't regularly use them, they're probably nice to have in an emergency, or in case of a service disruption.
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby highgreen215 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:29 pm

From way, way back in the late 1940s I never saw a train stop there. But what a great place to watch fast steam flying through in those days!
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1016 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:49 am

The NEC platforms are great for train spotting, there's no doubt about it. It's nice that the southbound signals are right there as well so u know if something's coming ur way. Just seems odd, the platforms are for a train that will never stop ;)
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby boblothrope » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:59 pm

MBTA1016 wrote:I was there Monday railfanning and someone was standing on the inbound NEC platform waiting for a train that would never stop. I told him that the next inbound was gonna be on the fairmount line. What's the purpose of the platforms and why are they still there?


Are there any signs saying there's no service on the NEC platforms?

For that matter, how do inexperienced passengers figure out whether to wait on the Franklin or Fairmount platform?
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:01 pm

boblothrope wrote:
MBTA1016 wrote:I was there Monday railfanning and someone was standing on the inbound NEC platform waiting for a train that would never stop. I told him that the next inbound was gonna be on the fairmount line. What's the purpose of the platforms and why are they still there?


Are there any signs saying there's no service on the NEC platforms?

For that matter, how do inexperienced passengers figure out whether to wait on the Franklin or Fairmount platform?


by word of mouth. There are still signs on Trk 3 that state "Platform to Attleboro" As for why these platforms are here, an Oldtimer with lots of wisdom holds the answer. I'll try to find out in the meantime. When the Trk 3 Tie project was done about 10 years ago now, between just West of Forest Hills and READ interlocking, trains were skipping Hyde Park and stopping at Readville for service. As for most recent service on these NEC platforms in question, that came when the marshes were on fire just north of the RTE 128 station, about 2 years ago now. Trains offloaded for busing purposes
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1016 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:33 am

There are no signs saying no service. And yes there are signs that say outbound to Attleboro or something similar. I personally find them useful to keep an eye on the corridor for railfanning. It's fun and ur by urself but the fact they are used strikes me as odd.
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby The EGE » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:45 pm

By my 1963 ETT, only a handful of trains stopped at Readville. 1-2 Providence trains each direction, the odd Stoughton train, a couple of the Blackstone trains, and the one Dedham round trip.
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1016 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:24 am

Yesterday I railfanned at readville and someone was waiting on the NEC platform for a train. I told him where the trains stop and luckily for him there was a fairmount line train sitting in the station. He did say "why don't they have signs that say so"(he was talking about the NEC platforms etc. They really dhould have signs on the NEC platforms
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:40 pm

MBTA1016 wrote:Yesterday I railfanned at readville and someone was waiting on the NEC platform for a train. I told him where the trains stop and luckily for him there was a fairmount line train sitting in the station. He did say "why don't they have signs that say so"(he was talking about the NEC platforms etc. They really dhould have signs on the NEC platforms


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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1016 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:49 pm

Idk, that's just twice that I've been there and someone is waiting on NEC platforms for a train that never stops. Great place train wise to railfan though.
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Re: NEC platforms at Readville

Postby MBTA1070 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:00 pm

I don't even get why there would be platforms there. They are rarely used. But I agree, signs are needed there.
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