The Boston & Maine station at Bedford MA has seen many alterations
to its appearance through the years. Currently, work is being done to
return it to something much closer to the original design, while still being a usable rental space. These photos
were taken on August 24, 2014. You can see where non-original windows
have been removed and are being replaced with more period-correct ones. All around the building are clues to the past...
More information can be found at the Friends of Bedford Depot Park website.
(SOURCE: New Hampshire.com) Work to improve a 42-mile
stretch of track between Ossipee and Rollinsford will soon get underway
if the Executive Council gives its blessing.
The project — which
will be paid for by a combination of federal, state and railroad company
funds — will expand the line by 0.7 miles in Ossipee. It involves the
rehabilitation of two railroad crossings at the mill in Somersworth and
realigning the junction on Acton Ridge in Wakefield. NH
Northcoast Railroad, which owns and operates the line, will be able to
transport more sand, gravel and propane in 286,000-pound rail cars along
the network. Dean Boylan, chief executive officer of Boston Sand &
Gravel, which owns the railroad, has said the upgrades will help reduce
traffic on area roads and expand opportunities near the end of the line
in Ossipee. Boylan
said up to 700,000 pounds of materials in 30 rail cars is shipped three
times a week on the stretch of track. The materials are processed and
shipped south from the 2,400-acre Ossipee Aggregates site to a 21-acre
facility in Rochester or via Pan Am Railways in Dover to Boston Sand
& Gravel’s facility in Boston, Mass. The
project will be paid for by $1.4 million in federal funds from the U.S.
Department Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating
Economy Recovery (TIGER) program. NH Northcoast will provide $450,000,
while the state will contribute $150,000 in matching funds. “This also still has to be approved by New Hampshire’s Executive Council,” DOT spokesman Bill Boynton said.
project was supported by members of the New Hampshire congressional
delegation — U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, as well as U.S.
Reps. Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter. “The
Northcoast line connects to the national freight rail network via
Boston and is a vital transportation link for the Granite State. These
repairs will complete a multi-year effort to modernize the rail line in
partnership with local communities and the private sector,” Democrat
Shea-Porter wrote in a news release. firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTSMOUTH — City councilors tried but couldn't
get all the commitments they wanted from Pan Am Railways Executive Vice
President Cynthia Scarano, and they weren't shy about showing their
unhappiness with the entire process.
told the council Monday night that the number of rail cars carrying
propane from the Sea-3 propane terminal in Newington through Portsmouth
would jump from between 1,000 and 1,500 to between 2,000 and 3,000 if
the decision allowing the expansion of the Sea-3 facility is not
The city of Portsmouth has appealed the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the expansion.
said the railroad company has already installed 5,000 new rails on the
line that runs from Newington through the city of Portsmouth as part of a
commitment they made to the town of Newington.
the decision is not overturned, Pan Am would upgrade its tracks from
Class 1 to Class 2 status, allowing them to move the cars at speeds up
to 25 miles per hour.
When that happens, Pan Am would add 5,000 more new ties.
repeated Monday night that she didn't see any time in her lifetime
"where we need to go more than that," meaning faster than 10 mph................ READ WHOLE ARTICLE