Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bedford MA B&M Depot Work Continues

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.

Front of station
Rear of station

Brick foundation as viewed from right side
Ghosts of past trim...

Rail Rehab Proposed for 42 miles of NH Northcoast RR Track


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.

The 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.

Historic rail bridge in Holliston MA needs repairs

Historic rail bridge in Holliston needs repairs - News - Holliston TAB - Holliston, MA

Locomotives From Bankrupt Maine Railroad To Be Auctioned

Locomotives From Bankrupt Maine Railroad To Be Auctioned - Maine's News, Sports, And Weather Leader - WABI TV5

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pan Am Official Says NH Rail 'quiet zones' a Safety Hazard

(SOURCE:  Seacoast Online)

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.

Scarano 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 overturned.

The city of Portsmouth has appealed the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the expansion.

Scarano 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.

If 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.

Scarano 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

Connecticut Company Trolley #123

Connecticut Company trolley #123.  Note on reverse says "body of car is now part of a tourist camp near Providence RI".  Photographer unknown.