Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

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Re: Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:40 am

Update on G&U track work in N Grafton yard: Did a drive-by of G&U's N Grafton Yard as well as a limited train chase on Thursday 9/27/17 and saw that 3 or 4 new or reconfigured/re-habbed tracks are now in service. First photo is the view from the rte 30 crossing in N Grafton showing covered hoppers and ballast hoppers sitting on the 3 or 4 "new" tracks. Concern I have is that newly installed switch off the main to these tracks offers maybe a hundred yards of switching headroom before crossing rte 30. In my observations, G&U builds trains from the south end of the yard so there may be increased road incursions. There are currently no gates installed on rte 30 so perhaps the crossing will continue to be manually flagged to minimize impact on traffic? If gates are to be installed, I'm guessing the gates would go up and down repetitively as the train is assembled even if rte 30 isn't crossed.

Photo #2 shows track crew doing some rehab work on a track from the north end of the yard. And photo 3 shows that the leased GMTX MP15AC is still being used on the road freight as it prepares to cross Tracy Ann Dr in N Grafton at the base of the hill up to Grafton Center. Crossing signals at Snow Rd are still bagged and manual flagging is used.
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G&U Track work N Grafton Yard 092718 small.jpg
G&U Tracy Ann Dr departing N Grafton 092718 small.jpg
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Re: Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:47 am

10/18/18 Update on G&U:
1. Found G&U's F7 unit sitting in the dead line at N Grafton. Looks to be in VG cosmetic state
2. Found G&U's ex-RBBB 8 room housing car (ex-UP Chair car built in 1950 by Pullman Standard) parked around the corner from G&U's world HQ.
3. I toured the G&U from Milford north to Hopedale and found that while the RoW between the rte 16 road crossing at Hopedale and MBTA track at Milford is cleared of weeds and brush, there are no obvious signs that track is to be re-laid. There are no grading stakes, piles of stone, stacks of ties/rails along the RoW. The RR overpass at Hopedale St looks as decrepit as ever. Between the Vernon Grove Cemetery in Milford and the MBTA track there are a few handfuls small, weed overgrown, stacks of used but still decent quality ties and a pile of old rail but the area looks like a dumping ground. There are two good sized piles of stone along the MBTA track along with an MBTA brush cutter and an MBTA front loader but there's no obviously recent work on or around the track.
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G&U ex-RBBB 8 rm housing car W Upton 101818 small.jpg
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Re: Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

Postby Mass Coastal 2010 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:17 pm

GU's slug set has been or is in the process of being scrapped at North Grafton.
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Re: Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

Postby b&m 1566 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:41 pm

That doesn't surprise me, I think the motive power they have now is much more stream line and far more efficient. I wonder what other engines are on the chopping block if a buyer doesn't pick them up. I think the only engine that might be safe from the torch is the F7.
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Re: Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

Postby backroadrails » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:07 pm

There was a party (don't recall who, only that they were interested in a GP series or a rebuild) interested in the 1750 or the 1500 (or whatever the CF-7's number is) but ultimately they decided against it.
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Re: Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U) Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:02 am

Here's a photo taken Thursday 11/8/18 at N Grafton of 1750 & 1751 looking to be in decent shape, at least cosmetically. The F7 and another geep were stowed on a separate yard track where they couldn't be photographed. Also, interestingly, three of the 4 MP15ACs were being used to switch the new (?) tracks at the south end of the N Grafton yard. Looks like ballast work may still be happening in the yard.
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