Talk:Grand Junction Railroad and Depot Company

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Crossings[edit]

I'm not sure if I'm going to include this in the article, so I'm putting it here. --SPUI (talk) 00:50, 13 May 2005 (UTC)

Info from [1]

East Boston

Chelsea

Everett

Somerville

Charlestown

Somerville

Cambridge

Boston



Does OC mean the road passes over the tracks and UC mean the road passes under the tracks? Of so, you can drop the question marks on the Boston end. I assume X is crossing at grade. Medford St in Somerville and Cambridge St Cambridge do have crossing gates. The other Cambridge intersections have flashing lights. There are also two protected pedestrian crossings in Cambridge, one at Washington Park, West of Mass Ave, the other on the MIT campus between Mass Ave and Main St. I'm not sure what is meant by "Boston and Lowell Railroad OC ?" the Grand Junction track cross two mainline tracks at diamonds before joining a third track under the McGrath Highway. I have photos of pretty much the entire route from Boston to Somerville yard.
My impression is that the trains slow down at the road intersections until they are sure cars have stopped and then proceed, but I'm not certain. They don't stop at the gated pedestrian crossings. The line is still used for freight, by the way.--agr 05:37, 2 September 2005 (UTC)
That's pretty much the way it works. I work a block away from the railroad's Main St. grade crossing (hence the pic) and can report that the engineers will lay on the horns as long as it takes for the traffic to stop. The trains will crawl along, even stopping if need be, until the path is clear. What I'm wondering is whether this branch is dispatched with a Form D or if there are signals I haven't seen? Kether83 (talk) 20:45, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

The question marks are for bridges that I can't find the date for. As for stopping, I know for sure that trains stop completely at Mass Ave, and I'm pretty sure they does the same at Main Street in Cambridge. They might not have to stop outside Cambridge. --SPUI (talk) 08:02, 2 September 2005 (UTC)

According the the Charles River article, the BU Bridge dates to 1928. Presumably the RR bridge underneath is much older. --agr 12:20, 2 September 2005 (UTC)