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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:36 pm

New steel or aluminum antenna support pole at Needham Heights station.
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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:09 am

Newly installed wood poles north of May St in Needham.
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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby BandA » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:42 am

What happens if they want to double-track (for rabid-transit conversion?)
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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby deathtopumpkins » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:23 am

Then they rip those new poles out and put up new ones.

What, you honestly expect the T to plan ahead for such things?
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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby CRail » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:38 pm

The entire roadbed would be dug up and relaid, all wayside infrastructure would be cleared out, and 600v transmission lines plus ATO signaling hardware would be dropped. A few wooden poles is not going to hinder such a massive undertaking that has not even been entertained in any preliminary proposals or capital investment plans.
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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:36 pm

Looks like the hand throw switch for the layover yard lead at the Needham Heights station is getting propane heating.

And, in other news, Sunday service has been instituted today on the Needham line with he Christmas Express (sponsored by St. Joseph Elementary School & Monsignor Haddad Middle School of Needham). Four round trips will board Sunday afternoon at Needham Center and run to the North Pole (aka W Rox according to Keolis crew).
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Re: Needham Line Questions / Discussion

Postby Rbts Stn » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:49 pm

We were nearby to Needham Center station that evening and there were hundreds of families getting on/off the train, all appeared to be much happier than the usual Needham line customers do.
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