Monday, January 31, 2011

GMTX #9058 Leaser on AYMO at Ayer MA 1/31/11

(Ex-EMD Paint Scheme)

Milford-Bennington Rail Owner Banned From Using Tracks

CONCORD – Pan Am Railways has banned Milford-Bennington Railroad owner Rep. Peter Leishman from driving his trains on their tracks for life, following a collision that police found was not his fault....

READ STORY: Rail owner banned from using tracks -

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yawkey Way MBTA Commuter Rail Stop

READ STORY: Briefing: Yawkey Way Commuter Rail Worcester Business Journal

Promise For Commuters In MBTA Fitchburg Rail Extension

A new commuter station in West Fitchburg broke ground this past fall, and while design work and land use negotiations are still going on, local real estate agents are hopeful about what it could mean for people living in the northwest corner of Worcester County.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing,” said Donna Brooks, owner of The Boss Realty Group & Brooks Auctions in Leominster. “Finally the forgotten people out here are going to get transportation—especially with the gas prices being what they are—into more metropolitan areas for jobs and entertainment.”

READ FULL STORY: Promise For Commuters In Fitchburg Rail Extension - Worcester Business Journal

Monday, January 17, 2011

Three Maine Towns Compete for New Maine Narrow Gauge Museum site

Three towns to compete for new Maine Narrow Gauge Museum site - TRAINS Magazine

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum will choose among three locations to relocate, the Falmouth Forecaster (Maine) has reported. Rising rent at its current Portland location is prompting the museum’s search for a new home.

Portland, Gray, and Monson, Maine, all submitted bids. None submitted offers of direct financial support. Monson’s bid includes an offer of a 624-square-foot room in its community center. Gray’s bid proposes reinstating the former right-of-way of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railway. Portland said it was willing to partner with the railroad to “enhance programs, as well as directional signage and street lighting to your attractions.” The city says the train could eventually become a form of transportation along the waterfront.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum currently operates on a 1.5-mile loop of 2-foot-gauge track in Portland. It’s considering a move because retail rent costs along the city’s waterfront have risen high enough that the railroad can no longer invest as much as it wants in its 400-plus artifacts.

Brian Durham, president of the railroad’s board of trustees, said a relocation committee will meet over the next couple of months to consider the proposals. He expects the committee will issue a recommendation to the museum’s board in March.

Maine to take control of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Lines

Maine to take control of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lines today 1/14/11 - TRAINS Magazine Newswire

BANGOR, Maine — The state of Maine was to take control today of 233 miles of track that Montreal, Maine & Atlantic had attempted to abandon, Mainebiz has reported. The closing price was $19.1 million.

MM&A had proposed closing the lines, which stretch from Millinocket to Madawaska and include several branches, following closings and cutbacks at several major industries. The shippers that remained active challenged the abandonment, but the Surface Transportation Board approved it last month.

In response, the state will purchase the lines in order to preserve rail service. MM&A will continue operating the lines temporarily, but the state has requested other companies offer bids on an operations contract. The deadline is set for the end of this month, and Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation, said the state has received “numerous inquiries.”

Man Hit, Killed in Norwood By MBTA Commuter Train 1/17/11

Man Hit, Killed in Norwood By MBTA Commuter Train 1/17/11 - The Boston Globe

MBTA #010 is in Massachusetts...

The new MBTA unit #010 has been spotted in Massachusetts.  So far, it has gone through Worcester and Framingham.  It may be in Boston as I type!  Keep an eye out, folks! 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Highball Graphics Pan Am Business Train Decals

For those looking to make your own scale version of Pan Am's business train (OCS), Highball Graphics now offers a decal sheet in both HO and N scale.

Intermountain to Offer SULLIVAN SCRAP Car

Intermountain will be offering a Sullivan Scrap hopper in both HO and N scale.  Railfans who venture to mid-western MA have no doubt seen the prototype cars between Pan Am's East Deerfield yard and Holyoke MA... and beyond!   

© 2011 Jonelle DeFelice

From the B&M Station in Littleton MA: David Erickson’s restored antique stoves

David Erickson’s restored antique stoves land in kitchens, famous and ordinary - The Boston Globe (1/8/11)

© 2011 Jonelle DeFelice

For those curious about what happens in the Boston & Maine railroad station in Littleton MA.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Search Widens For Boa on MBTA Red Line

Snake On A Train! Search Widens For Boa - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston
Boa Disappeared on MBTA Red Line

How do you loose a boa constrictor?  Especially if the lady was "wearing" it on her neck, as the article states?  I suppose being only 3 feet long, it is faster than most of the large ones we usually hear about.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Blizzard Obliterates Northeast Train Service (12/28/10)

Blizzard obliterates Northeast train service - TRAINS Magazine (12/28/10)

WASHINGTON — Amtrak began limited train service across its Boston-Washington Northeast Corridor this morning following a total suspension Sunday night as a massive blizzard swept across the northeast. No Amtrak corridor trains moved after 5 p.m. last night, and the New York region is all but without commuter service while crews work to clear snow that’s totaled more than two feet in some areas.

Around New York, both Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North have suspended all their services today. New Jersey Transit is operating on its enhanced weekend schedule today, though it’s reporting numerous train delays on multiple lines. Details are available at

Media reports indicate the storm has crippled New York City subway service, with passengers being stranded on some trains for hours.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reported weather-related delays on its Newburyport/Rockport, Kingston/Plymouth, and Providence/Stoughton routes this morning. However, passengers on all routes are being warned that the agency could curtail services, and that delays should be expected.

Services in the Washington area were operating closer to normal, with Virginia Railway Express and MARC operating at near-normal levels.

CSX suspended operations at its Boston intermodal terminal, and has warned customers that operations are slowing in the Northeast, Appalachia, and parts of the Midwest. Delays to freight shipments are likely.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New MBTA Unit #010 on the Way North

Mr. Matt Farnsworth has posted a photo of the new MBTA MP36PH-3C #010 on RR Archives.  This unit is on the way to home rails.  Personally, I think the new road number is a little silly, but I have to admit that so far the paint scheme seems to make this unit actually good looking!  No doubt there will be a lot of railfan attention directed to following its first arrival at Boston!