Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Former Boston & Maine Waltham Tower Closes

(via Trains.com News Wire)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s former Boston & Maine interlocking tower at Waltham, Mass. (see “News & Photos,” December 2012), closed effective 3 p.m., June 1. Until 2012, the tower controlled several interlockings over a 27-mile segment of MBTA’s Fitchburg Line, operated by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad.

Since 2012, Waltham’s interlockings have gradually been transferred to the MBCR Boston West Train Dispatcher, with the final cutover occurring Saturday. Built in 1928, the two-story brick tower likely will remain in use by maintenance forces. The few remaining towers in New England primarily handle moveable bridges and small sections of track.

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