Bay Colony Millis Line

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NHV 669
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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by NHV 669 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:58 pm

mowingman wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:30 pm
Dragon had a big fire last winter at their plant. This probably caused some delivery interruptions thT may not be resolved even now.
It was mentioned immediately after the fire that no shipments would be affected. With reports indicating a lack of cement being handled by CMQ on the Rockland Branch, barges is the likely answer.
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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by SkiScorcher88 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:31 pm

So if the warehouse is being turned into a pot warehouse and the fly ash/cement customer went to the G&U's Hopedale yard, does BCLR have any remaining customers, or is this the end of the line for this once prominent RR?

The G&U still has the two units from BCLR (their GP9 1750 and their CF7 1500), although neither are in an operable state.
I took a ride on 1750 from N Grafton to W Upton in 2011. Such a privilege! My high school friend was the engineer at the time.
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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by GP40MC1118 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:57 pm

Bay Colony still has its portion of the Watuppa Branch in Dartmouth and New Bedford.
No indication they are going anywhere anytime soon. I am sure they will hang on to
the Millis Line for now. It's not clear the cement/fly ash traffic all went to the G&U.

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by Safetee » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:54 am

way back in 1982, bay colony won the whole shooting match via eotc for various conrail lines south and or east of boston. in 2007, ma dot awarded mass coastal with the cape lines, watuppa, and the dean street only.

so i think that technically means if any freight should pop up on any of those old bay colony freight dormant lines, bay colony would have the option of providing service once again. not exactly sure if any of these still have any track mind you but i believe that some of them are: the nantasket sec aka greenbush, plymouth sec, randolph sec, and west hanover sec,

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by GP40MC1118 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:10 pm

Nope...MDOT would put all those lines up for bid, which they've tried twice in the last three
years. Both attempts were flawed and I think the last one was withdrawn. The first one
attracted less than five bidders.

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by Safetee » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:54 pm

actually, i believe that you will find that the lines that have most recently been put up for re bid by mass dot are the same ones that mc and bclr tussled for in 2007 . ie the falmouth , so dennis, hyannis, buzzards bay, dean st, and watuppa.

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by GP40MC1118 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:35 am

Correct. Same lines. The leases run for a specific time period, then gets put for bid. Except the first
attempt was botched and the second one aborted. Extensions were given until whatever year (I don't
know). MDOT would presumably get it right the next time it goes up for bid.

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by craven » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:56 am

Update: 18 Aug. 2019

Line is clear of all cars.

1701 looking for work.

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by johnpbarlow » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:05 pm

Looks like 1701 needs to weed-wack its RoW to Medfield Jct
BCRR GP7 RoW Millis 081819 small.jpg
How long has it been since 1701 moved?
BCRR GP7 Millis 081819 small.jpg
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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by Baycolony1705 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:26 pm

Last move for 1701 was in February

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by BandA » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:03 pm

They should lease the 1701 to Boston Surface Railroad :wink:

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by Backshophoss » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:00 pm

BAAD IDEA!,might be time to send 1701 home.
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by Baycolony1705 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:29 am

BandA wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:03 pm
They should lease the 1701 to Boston Surface Railroad :wink:
Well, they haven’t OFFICIALLY stopped servicing Tresca yet, they ran in February, so it’s possible they still run with 1701

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by connor4521 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:19 am

Construction (excavator?) stationed outside the old train station. This line has definitely seen better days.

https://imgur.com/a/xxeyYTp

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Re: Bay Colony Millis Line

Post by craven » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:39 pm

Connor,

Where is that station located??

Is that the one in downtown Millis ???

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