cu29640 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 20, 2023 10:41 pm Sorry if I missed this. I realize CSX has started to upgrade Worcester to Ayer. Will this eventually be CTC with 50 MPH trains? Remote sidings? And does CSX have the same plan north of Yarmouth JCT to the end of PanAm in Maine? They surely must want to be able to do better than 10mph. They could upgrade to welded rail, replace the CTC from MCE days and add a few strategic modern sidings. Also a modern cleared ROW. There is a lot of brush and near encroachment on that part of the line through towns.It's all going to be brought up to 25 and then beyond that. No CTC for the Worcester Main.
BTW How far up did CTC go in Guilford Era on the Maine Central?
As for the MEC they had an odd mix of CTC and DCS w/ABS that has been decommissioned over the years. Try to get your hands on a Springfield Terminal Timetable (pre Pan Am) to look at what it looked like throughout the 90s into the early 2000s.
Traffic density doesn't require reinstallation of CTC at this time up there.