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Thanks, Richard.rsullivan wrote: I just finished reading the 136 posts on Railroad.net Railroad Forums discussion topic: CNZR - Armory Branch (http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.ph ... &start=135), and the eight posts on Railroad.net Railroad Forums discussion topic: CNZR - Griffin Line (http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopi ... 0&t=158081). The last posts were made May 24, 2017 and October 31, 2017 respectively. Based on comments in both discussions, the Griffin Branch has been in use for the whole time with track and grade crossing upgrades being made each year. The major and usually sole customer is a large Home Depot warehouse. The Armory Branch is an iron horse of a different color (I'm not talking about the CNZR's use of heritage paint schemes including a NH warm orange/green RS-1). Between 2010 and 2014 the Enfield Transit Mix (ETM) company's crossing is private and has to be paved before the CNZR can ballast and re-lay the concrete ties. Something about mud and wash outs of the crossing every rain and ETM doesn't want ot close the entrance for even one day. Then there is the problem with the MassDOT not maintaining or preserving the right-of-way (ROW) from state line to the former B&A. The ROW is perserved by a gas pipeline's presence, but MassDOT allowed the sale of parcels along the Armory Branch in Springfield which have been illegally built on since Mass Utility Regs prohibit building on a gas pipeline ROW. However, MassDOT has not done anything to preserve the ROW, would not cooperate with CDOT and AMTRAK on the planning for use of the ROW, and there was not enough freight traffic for the CSX to pressure MassDOT as of Jul 2015. The September 2016 comment indicated the P&W was gaining access to Hartford with interchange with CSOR, and the CNZR would benefit. I think the popularity of the CNZR in general is the low volume of online customers and the number of grade crossings, even though it could be double tracked and have up to four tracks in some places. Mr. Noel Weaver wrote on November 10, 2011, "...it could have been a main through freight route between Springfield, Hartford and Cedar Hill...I guess Penn Central decided it was not worth the expense of up grading..." So, I don't think the Griffin Branch has ever been inactive. I also think the Armory Branch has been active for the short distance it operates, but CDOT has worked with the CNZR and funded the ROW upgrade to the state line. It just seems the work has gone on in spurts. That's my take from reading the comments.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr. member #3967