Springfield: A tale of two railroads

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Springfield: A tale of two railroads

rfranzosa
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October 26th, 2016, 5:18 pm #1

B&M Bulletin vol XXIX number 4 just arrived with a cover story on the B&M and NH in Springfield with some great photos

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kcur8722
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October 26th, 2016, 8:58 pm #2

I got my copy in the mail on Tuesday, Rick, since I'm a member of their historical society, too.  One of our NHRHTA members, George Ford, contributed the nice color photos to the article & the front & back color photos.  Springfield was quite the railroad city of activity years ago.  I believe it's mostly under CSX domain today.
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rfranzosa
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October 26th, 2016, 9:51 pm #3

I have fond memories of railfanning Springfield in the early 1980's when I lived in Longmeadow.  My wife and I used to meet my in-laws for lunch on occasion at "The Deli" in East Longmeadow. The B&M geep that worked the north end of the Armory branch was often parked behind the restaurant; the crew liked the food there as much as we did, I guess...
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October 29th, 2016, 3:06 pm #4

I just received my copy of the B&M Bulletin. The "Springfield" article is great!  It was written by Richard Teed with photographs by George Ford.  It explains the relationship of the B&M and NH in operating the joint terminal facilities at Springfield. There's lots of detail and it is enjoyable reading.  Their are some great photos and very interesting maps.  This issue of the B&M Bulletin began an in-depth look at the Conn River Line, starting at Springfield, Mass. The B&M and NH partnered in operating several through passenger trains on this route.  NH passenger equipment was very common on the Conn River, and we have more articles to look forward to. 
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October 30th, 2016, 5:51 pm #5

And there is of course the excellent Shoreliner article on Springfield from the NH perspective.


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November 3rd, 2017, 12:55 pm #6

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November 3rd, 2017, 12:56 pm #7

Hi! I have been doing tons of recent research on the Branch because it used to run right near me. Right now, the CNZR appears to be in the process of reactivation. Starting in 2012, they began replacing the old rotten ties with fresh concrete ones. The project seemed to stop all of a sudden, and the unfinished work and piles of ties were left next to the track. But, Google has updated maps to photos taken this (2017) summer, and the progress has seemed to start up again. The Street View in the area dates to 2012, and the maps are in 2017, and many things have changed or shown up. I have heard that the track work on the CNZR Griffin Line put this project on hold, and I would think (and hope) that they are starting up again. There is still a lot of business along the line, some with the sidings still intact. But at this point, anything could happen. The CNZR is a very un-popular railroad, so there really isn't much info to work with.
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November 4th, 2017, 10:42 am #8

Thanks for the post.  At first I thought you made a mistake writing CNZR.  I looked it up and now know CNZR is the reporting mark for the Central New England Railroad.  
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rfranzosa
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November 6th, 2017, 9:48 pm #9

owendal402 wrote: Hi! I have been doing tons of recent research on the Branch because it used to run right near me. Right now, the CNZR appears to be in the process of reactivation. Starting in 2012, they began replacing the old rotten ties with fresh concrete ones. The project seemed to stop all of a sudden, and the unfinished work and piles of ties were left next to the track. But, Google has updated maps to photos taken this (2017) summer, and the progress has seemed to start up again. The Street View in the area dates to 2012, and the maps are in 2017, and many things have changed or shown up. I have heard that the track work on the CNZR Griffin Line put this project on hold, and I would think (and hope) that they are starting up again. There is still a lot of business along the line, some with the sidings still intact. But at this point, anything could happen. The CNZR is a very un-popular railroad, so there really isn't much info to work with.
Hi Owen,

Unpopular why?

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November 7th, 2017, 9:09 am #10

What branch is being possibly reactivated?

I cannot tell from the above description. Thanks
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