Beverly Draw- Failure Discussion

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Postby concordgirl » Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:45 pm

CRail wrote:[The part that really stings though is the fact that because one 50 foot section of double track is out the system is now down 8 train sets. That right there is enough to get me to start looking for new solutions.


Would it make sense for a line that has a historically troublesome drawbridge to have some kind of smaller terminal prior to the bridge where they do keep some trainsets? I mean in addition to their actual terminus points in Rockport, etc.?

Or is that just another whole can of worms....? ;-)
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Postby boatsmate » Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:21 am

from where I sit, It looks like the tug being used for the job is too small for the currents and conditions. someone should have stoped the operation long before the 3rd time the bridge was hit. It is reported that this was the 3rd time the bridge was struck in the last week. someone is a sleep at the switch allowing that to happen.
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Postby caduceus » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:48 am

Just saw on wbztv.com - the bridge is closed again this morning due to a mechanical failure preventing it from locking closed. Buses are expected between Beverly and Salem, but they are urging alternate routes like driving to Wonderland or Anderson.
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Postby tom18287 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:06 am

hmmm. i wonder if the bridge will have to be repaired. its been * down multiple times as of late
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Postby octr202 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:13 pm

T Alerts claims it's reopened with residual delays as of 11:41 AM.
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Postby Diverging Route » Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:38 pm

caduceus wrote:Just saw on wbztv.com - the bridge is closed again this morning due to a mechanical failure preventing it from locking closed. Buses are expected between Beverly and Salem, but they are urging alternate routes like driving to Wonderland or Anderson.


Ha! They suggest people drive to Anderson, then cancel the trains with spare capacity on the Lowell line -- the Anderson shuttles -- to help make up for the missing trainsets serving Salem inbound.
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Postby banshee » Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:13 pm

is Jay Cashman being billed for fixing the bridge? it was their barge that started all this hullaballoo..or does another BigDig company get a free pass by the Commonwealth?
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Postby sery2831 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:29 pm

The news was reporting that the T is saying this is unrelated to the barge incidents. Also, that barge was there for a harbor dredging operation not related to the finished Big Dig.
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Postby banshee » Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:20 pm

sery2831 wrote:The news was reporting that the T is saying this is unrelated to the barge incidents. Also, that barge was there for a harbor dredging operation not related to the finished Big Dig.


I know..Beverly is a bit far away to be Dig related.
I was just ID-ing the company for anyone not familiar with them
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Postby NealG » Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:59 pm

banshee wrote:is Jay Cashman being billed for fixing the bridge? it was their barge that started all this hullaballoo..or does another BigDig company get a free pass by the Commonwealth?


The MBTA will most likley file a claim for damages against Cashman which will most likley be covered by their marine insurance provider.
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Postby octr202 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:23 am

Looks like Beverly Draw is out again:

Commuter Rail Newburyport/Rockport is being diverted between Beverly and Salem due to bridge problem. Substitute bus service will replace regular train sevice between Beverly and Salem. Please allow extra time for your commute or seek alternalte transportation. 1/17/2008 7:14 AM
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Postby acela 2036 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:23 am

Oh great! How much longer is this gonna happen???
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Beverly Draw- Failure Discussion

Postby lkitch » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:05 pm

Thurs Jan17 ~7:40am at Lynn, LED-sign says Beverly bridge is out. Outbound train comes thru, towards Salem. About 20 minutes later another outbound train comes thru to Salem. Waited until about 8:15am (cold!) for an inbound, since we know there are at least 2 trains on inbound/Salem side of Danvers River. Can't figure out why no train came back inbound towards Boston. Any ideas?
(After 45 min wait, aborted the mission in search of a bus...well at least it wasn't sleeting this morning.)
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Postby gallja02 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:50 pm

I hear there are plans in place to replace the swing span with a new one this summer. It is definitely a problem. We were delayed about an hour today. pulled into Beverly at about 7:30, the first bus didn't come until a bit before 8, and then just one bus. The train finally left Salem about 8:30 or so. overall wound up in BON at about 9:15 (scheduled 7:57). This is happening all too often now. The new bridge will be nice. Hope they replace enough of the systems at the same time.
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Postby sery2831 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:33 pm

Where did you hear that they are planning to replace the span?
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