Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

Moderators: MEC407, NHN503

User avatar
NHV 669
Posts: 901
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:07 pm
Location: Off the long abandoned BC&M to Bethlehem

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by NHV 669 »

Would've made more sense to send it via Pan Am/SLR, but there must have been other factors at play.
Casey
Avatar: NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.

Is there a sight worse than a rabid foamer sprinting towards your clean photo/video angle with a tripod, so he can set up two feet from the rails?

Dick H
Posts: 3568
Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:55 pm
Location: Dover, NH

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by Dick H »

That extra wide load probably would have not cleared the high level platforms (DE) on the single track at Exeter, Durham, Dover, Saco and Old Orchard. I am not sure if the MBTA has platforms at all the stations between Ballardvale and Haverhill that can be raised, Haverhill does.

Hux
Posts: 350
Joined: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:46 pm

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by Hux »

One would expect it to go as far east as possible. Given NEGS's history/experience with military equipment I guess it's not surprising this beast ended up in their hands.

User avatar
Rockingham Racer
Posts: 3696
Joined: Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:25 pm

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by Rockingham Racer »

Concord to Auburn:

US 4 east over to I-95 North?

BowdoinStation
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:50 pm

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by BowdoinStation »

93S to 101E to 95N. All highway after Canterbury. I heard it cleared the openings to the Merrimack River Bridge in Concord with little room to spare.

User avatar
Rockingham Racer
Posts: 3696
Joined: Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:25 pm

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by Rockingham Racer »

Okay. But why didn't they just offload it at Manchester?

b&m 1566
Posts: 3390
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2004 2:09 am

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by b&m 1566 »

I don't think they have ramp access in Manchester to off load flatbeds like they do in Canterbury.
It takes real skill to choke on air, fall up the stairs and trip over nothing. I have those skills.

User avatar
NHV 669
Posts: 901
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:07 pm
Location: Off the long abandoned BC&M to Bethlehem

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by NHV 669 »

https://www.kalmarrt.com/militaryrt240 - click the PDF link

Company site states that the rig is 12' wide, which is the same as an M-1 Abrams tank. When I assisted in loading those on DoDX flats back in early 2012 at Fort Carson, I recall the track overhang having to be within 8'' of the top of the car edges on both sides. Surely this is a passenger platform issue, as it would clear just about anything else. From the above view taken by Mr. Dearness, it looks to be the same type of flat car they're using.
Casey
Avatar: NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.

Is there a sight worse than a rabid foamer sprinting towards your clean photo/video angle with a tripod, so he can set up two feet from the rails?

BowdoinStation
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:50 pm

Re: Official New England Southern Thread (NEGS)

Post by BowdoinStation »

New England Southern has two large unobstructed offloading ramps at their Canterbury World Headquarters made for jobs like this. Customers have all the room in the world to work, and the area around their yard is safe as that equipment was left in the yard for a few days. The flat car was of the 6 axle variety.

Return to “New England Railfan”