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

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  by malbojah
Falmouth Secondary to Otis wrote: Tue Mar 21, 2023 8:27 am The UCCRTS / Cavossa business is growing and benefits the Cape as it removes truck traffic from our Canal bridges while reducing air pollution as well.
The biggest benefit will be if MSW in considerate volume / multiple companies is shipped out by rail. I wouldn't mind shaving 40 miles off my route every day.
  by Falmouth Secondary to Otis
Noticed today that an electronic message sign has been posted at the Bell Road RR crossing stating that the crossing will be closed for reconstruction starting 4/14/23 to 4/15/23. The way I look at it MassDOT is sending a message to the Bourne bike path group that rehabilitation of the Falmouth Secondary RR line will continue, and the tracks will not be removed. A lot of whining going on lately in the local newspapers from the BRT group calling for removal of the tracks so I hope they enjoy watching the project as the trains will continue to run.
  by SOCO11
Construction in Fall River beyond SCR. Brush clearing and cleanup along ROW into the yard and extending the track at the end of the runaround. There is also work at the adjacent demolished mill building on Ferry St. Drilling (soil samples?) and other activity.
  by bostontrainguy
Now that is interesting. They cleared it once before. There is a video on Youtube for anyone interested below. We all know about Gold Medal but there is also talk about the sewer treatment plant at the end of the line wanting service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFgtS2x ... RailVideos
Last edited by MEC407 on Fri Apr 07, 2023 2:27 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: unnecessary quoting
  by GP40MC1118
I think they are only clearing a little in order to make more room for the power off MC-4. Wish it was more than that...
  by SOCO11
I saw yesterday that they added stops on the rails so it looks like they are done for now. Added maybe 100 feet. But they are just the bolt on the end of the rail type so maybe more to come...
  by New Haven 1
The article below shows that John Pearson, founder of Saltine Warrior, who also happens to be "retired" from the Mass Coastal Railroad, is indeed serious about a rail connection. The article specifically mentions that state "promised" to restore the line for both his business and Gold Medal Bakery. At the time he had applied for grants.

https://www.heraldnews.com/story/busine ... 783845007/

I note the 2017 date of the article but, wonder what the status of that "promise" is and, if there is any documentation to back it up.
  by Douglasphil
We've had a number of warmer than average winters in So. New England since 2017. Has that affected the road salt business ?
  by SOCO11
I am sure it has had an impact but salt loading operation in Fall River is still there and has been used- I am not sure how much this winter. Once built it could be used for any bulk barge to rail loading.
  by New Haven 1
So, why did the work clearing the tracks toward Gold Medal Bakery and the waste water plant stop?

This article from 2019 provides some clarity.

https://www.heraldnews.com/story/news/2 ... 049057007/

You can't make this stuff up!

I thought it was worth a note to GORAIL. Nothing ventured....
  by newpylong
They must not be greasing the right pockets.
  by SOCO11
More clearing this week past the end of in-use track in Fall River. Maybe they will rebuid 100 feet at a time? A clever way to avoid NIMBY interference?
  by newpylong
Didn't they just extend the tail track a little to turn two locos?
  by johnpbarlow
There's a post on the CSX Albany Division FaceBook page showing 2 ex-NS passenger cars heading east near the marker of Selkirk-bound manifest M368-03 captured off the Fairport Live Cam on Friday evening 5/5/23: MCCX 46 & 47. I believe MCCX is a reporting mark for Mass Coastal RR so I'm guessing these cars may be used for Cape Cod Central excursions?

Car #47 (and likely #46, too) was recently sold by Ozark Mountain Railcar: https://ozarkmountainrailcar.com/railEq ... temId=1519
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