Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby harshaw » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:55 am

It was confirmed that Keolis / MBTA has increased the speed limit on several sections of the Worcester line to 70 mph. This was enabled by the improvements to the track and is part of their effort to increase on time performance (duh?). In any case, it sounds like they are continuing to tweak things a bit.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:23 pm

It has taken time to remove/rebuild/replace CSX's Track maintenance standards to MBTA's standards,figure on one more season of trackwork,
to finally get to "state of good repair" on this route.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:57 pm

Since CSX is in a "selling" mood of various sections of ROW,would MassDOT thru the MBTA be willing to take over the Worcester-Sprngfield
section and have MBTA dispatch it,or have Amtrak Dispatch Worcester-Springfield section?
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby BandA » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:18 pm

I would think you would want the MBTA to dispatch, not Amtrak. When/if BOS expansion happens, MBTA should take over terminal dispatch, and possibly NEC too.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:52 pm

Not sure if CSX is just retreating to W. Springfield,or selling off the entire B&A main to Selkirk,Who would be the best freight operator to
work with the MBTA? A "toss up" between IP's Mass Central,or the Grafton-Upton RY?
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Rockingham Racer » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:35 am

This could be MassDot's chance to acquire the ROW west to CP 98. I wonder if Amtrak would be interested in getting CP 98 east to Worcester as an extention of the Springfield Line [an onward to Boston on MBTA]?
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Balerion » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:22 pm

If MassDOT bought the B&A, what would be the prospects for improving the suboptimal layover yard situation in Worcester?
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby nomis » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:56 pm

If MassDOT bought the B&A: A layover yard in Charlton comes to mind.

Also, bringing in signals in at CP-45 can speed up trains heading into the CS at Worcester. The plans for both a turn-back yard west of CP-45, and a second platform at Worcester Union have one less hurdle.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby Komarovsky » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:59 pm

IIRC CSX once considered the former Jamesville yard off of Genesee St for additional yard space. It could be a candidate for additional layover space if they can figure out how to relocate the transmission lines that are currently on property.
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Re: Framingham/Worcester Line Questions

Postby diburning » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:53 pm

The parcel that former yard once was is now owned by National Grid.
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