Franklin Line Discussion

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by BostonUrbEx » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:25 pm

The diamonds at FX were removed about 15 years ago, although they may "soon" (railroad soon, not actually soon) be coming back if either of a couple different plans pan out. The signals once protecting the diamond are colloquially referred to as "The Old Diamond."

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by CRail » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:19 am

Yes, the one at FX was removed. Swift has a diamond, Beverly Junction has one with movable point frogs (but it is not a switch), one within a universal crossover in the North Termnal area (outside of North Station) and there a bunch in and around Southampton street. I can’t think of any others outside of Boston though.
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by Arborwayfan » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:38 am

There was a thread about diamonds in Mass a few years ago. Might be interesting to find and update.

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by Adams_Umass_Boston » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:29 pm

Arborwayfan wrote:There was a thread about diamonds in Mass a few years ago. Might be interesting to find and update.
Not to stray off topic, but I think it was this thread. viewtopic.php?f=126&t=17734&p=170575&hi ... ds#p170575" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by CRail » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:08 pm

Hah! YOU did not stray off topic, we were already way, way off. Thank you for doing the research to find that thread!
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by thomas1897 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:40 am

Can the Franklin Line be extended into the Blackstone Valley area connecting on to Woonsocket Rhode Island. This would provide service to an area that is growing.

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by charding » Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:06 am

...actually, at one time the Franklin Line did extend to Blackstone...but a bridge out west of Franklin and cost to repair stopped the service...but a good idea...

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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by jaymac » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:30 pm

NIMBYpalooza will likely ensue, especially since some of the backyards in question probably got bigger with the abandonment.
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Re: Franklin Line Discussion

Post by MaineCoonCat » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:28 pm

My Aunt-in-law works with the Norfolk Historical Commission as a member. They are looking for photos of the arch bridge over Campbell Street prior to the reconstruction in 2000-2001. The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Records. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries doesn't have anything. Any and all help appreciated. Please feel free to PM me if you wish..
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