Earlier today, an observant fellow commuter noticed what sounds like a rail train with lengths of CWR (continuously welded rail) on the siding track on the south side of the Framingham Worcester mainline between CP 22 and CP 23. By the way, what is the name of that siding?
Anyway, perhaps it is the early arrival of the CWR associated with phase 3 of the destressing project:
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I'll try and get a picture of the rail train at some point. Anyone have any more info?Work performed under the first contract, Contract C72CN01, included approximately seven (7) miles of “Rail De-stressing” on the outbound Track #1 between milepost 33 in Westboro and milepost 43 in Worcester. This phase of the project was advertized in the spring of 2014 and awarded to JF White Construction Co. Work commenced in August 2014 and was completed in October 2014.
Work to be performed under the second contract, Contract C72CN02, consists of approximately seventeen (17) miles of “Rail De-stressing” on inbound Track #2 beginning at milepost 4 in Allston and continuing west to milepost 21 in Framingham. Contract C72CN02 was advertised in the fall of 2014 and awarded to JF White Construction Co. in April 2015. “Rail De-stressing” work commenced in early May and is anticipated to be complete in July 2015.
Work to be performed under the third contract, Contract C72CN03, consists of the replacement of approximately fifteen (15) miles of existing sections of 131# (pound) rail with new 136# (pound) rail on outbound Track #1 located between milepost 21 in Framingham and milepost 45 in Worcester. It is expected that this work will immediately follow the completion of Contract C72CN02, commencing in July 2015 with project completion by the end of 2015.