Monday, February 28, 2011

Deluxe Station Diner Opens in B&A Station - Newton MA

READ: Deluxe Station Diner is...Open! - Newton, MA Patch
READ: Deluxe Station Diner Offers Excellent Diner Food Within A Historic Train Station Atmosphere

A new diner has opened in the 1887 Boston & Albany station at 70 Union Street in Newton Center MA. Their website has a short video showing the building before they were done with the rehab, but they also show some drawings of the decor that was planned.  Thankfully, it appears they chose a late 1800's style.  The tracks now carry the MBTA's Green Line.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Recent New England Model Railroad Announcements - 2/21/11

(This list includes some past issues to make up for a lack of O scale coverage)

Atlas Trainman P&W



Weaver: Alco RS3 – New Haven, D&H, Vermont Rwy
Weaver: Northeastern Caboose – Boston & Maine, New Haven, Boston & Albany

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Historic panel’s OK paves way for South Acton MBTA station

The Acton Historic District Commission voted last week to support the design of a new MBTA commuter rail station in South Acton, a decision that is expected to allow the project to move forward without any delays...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Union Leader: Two rescued from Concord NH locomotive derailment

READ: Two rescued from Concord locomotive derailment - UNION LEADER

(Union Leader Photo)

Two Trapped After Concord NH Train Derailment

READ: Two Trapped After NH Train Derailment « CBS Boston

CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – Two railroad workers were in a single-car locomotive that derailed in Concord, New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Concord fire officials said the locomotive, which belongs to the New England Southern Railroad, overturned off an embankment near Commercial Street at around 11:30.

One person suffered possible head and leg injuries and was transported to Concord Hospital. The other person was unharmed.

A diesel fuel leak was also reported, but officials said the leak is under control.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but officials noted there was a lot of snow on the tracks.
Officials with Environmental Services, the Concord Fire Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Rail Division are on the scene.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

January took heavy toll on MBTA resources

READ: January took heavy toll on MBTA resources, chief says - The Boston Globe

MBTA general manager Richard A. Davey told the authority’s board of directors yesterday that January was “one of the most challenging months at the MBTA in recent memory,’’ and he outlined the T’s plan to try to improve service for the rest of a winter that shows little sign of abating...

CSX affiliate to meet with Westborough...

WESTBOROUGH MA:  The town’s Conservation Commission on Tuesday will continue its public hearing on the CSX Corp.’s proposed rail yard and transfer facility.......

READ: CSX affiliate to meet with town - The Boston Globe

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nice Video of Bar Mills Replica Railroad Station

WATCH: Video Tour of Bar Mills Replica Railroad Station

Those of you who build model railroads should be firmiliar with the Bar Mills company up in Maine.  Their website has this interesting video clip showing their facility, a replica of the SRRL station at Strong ME.

Lots of Snow = Plow Trains

B&M Plow at E. Deerfield 5/25/08
So far this year New England has seen a lot of snow.  And for the first time since I started railfanning, there have been quite a few plow trains around.  And my rotten luck has meant that I have missed all of them.
To my knowledge, there has been at least one MBTA plow train with one diesel and two plows, a Pan Am plow train out of Nashua NH, and the East Deerfield plow has come east long the Fitchburg.  Today, that same plow is heading up into Maine (reportedly with heavy police presence).

And I have managed to miss every one of them.

Perhaps you have had better luck!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MBTA #011 in Massachusetts as of 1/26/11

As of 1/26/11, MBTA unit #011 is in Massachusetts.  It was spotted in CSX's Worcester yard.