Train derailment closes Route 10, Route 372 in Plainville


A derailed freight train made for a tough morning in Plainville. No one was hurt, but there was some damage to the rush hour commute for some.

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and ringing bells, but no one was full of good cheer around the area of Route 10 and New Britain Avenue. The lights and bells at the railroad crossing would not stop, because that derailed train could not go.

All the way up at the front of the train, some of the wheels on two locomotives and two tanker cars came slightly off the tracks around 3 a.m. That stopped the train from moving. Police say those tankers were holding a potentially explosive gas.

“There is some propane that they’re hauling but there is minimal safety concerns that the train will tip or the cars will tip or there will be any kind of leakage,” said Lt. Eric Peterson, spokesman for the Plainville Police Department. “Right now they have everything secured.”

That meant the situation was less a hazard, more of an annoyance, because the train stopped right across several busy streets. Crews pulled apart two cars in the middle of Route 10 so that people could at least walk through. School buses had to be diverted, but police said traffic did not get too bad.

“We were pretty good working with you guys trying to get people aware to avoid the center of Plainville and go to work a different route,” said Lt. Peterson. “It did back up a little bit, but we have officers controlling traffic boxes and trying to keep things moving.”

By 9:15, the train was moving again, too. Most of it, at least. They unhooked the two derailed cars and left them behind so crews could continue to work on them.



Jazz You Too

The night was rather cold and rainy, the kind of thin penetrating rain that never stops, I had to walk a small distance after having parked the car, enough to be almost soaked to the skin – I guess an umbrella would have avoided it – waited for a while to buy my ticket, climbed the stairs heading to the magnificently full of art room and waited for the duo to start its performance. All was clear when the guitars resonated with sounds chosen by the brothers’ passion for what they were doing – when it ended I guess everybody felt how their inner balance was affected – readier to face whatever it had to be faced.

Outside the rain had stopped, some people were walking along the streets unaware of what they have missed –  I was getting inside the car when the rain started again …

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HARP Hyperloop Meeting

Some great takeaways!


HARP HyperloopOn December 6th the non-profit organization Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) organized a conference in New York City. The title of the conference was The Hyperloop: Promises and Challenges. There were 75 attendees  —  the meeting was sold out.

Most of the meeting, which was chaired by HARP’s President, Dane Egli, consisted of a panel discussion followed by a question and answer session. Panel members were:

  • Sebastien Gendron, CEO & Co-founder of TransPod Hyperloop
  • Rebecca Leonard, President of Hypernet Holding Corporation (HHC)
  • Bibop G. Gresta, Chairman & Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT)
  • Rick Geddes, Professor of Policy Analysis, Cornell University & Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP)

As many readers of this blog know I started to look into the feasibility of hyperloop in order to find out if this new technology could create an end run around the problems to do with our…

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MTA, NJ TRANSIT Ban Alcohol For SantaCon This Weekend

You better watch out because SantaCon is coming to town!

The bar crawling Kris Kringles have occasionally misbehaved, but believe it or not they do have a code of conduct.

“Santa respects the NYPD, police will be at every one of our stops. Respect them and do not break laws. (open container, urinating in public, jaywalking, doing anything illegal!)” reads one of the rules on the SantaCon website.

SantaCon vet and unofficial historian Mike Montone said SantaCon hearkens back to earlier, rowdier yuletide celebrations.

“Winter Solstice feasts, the Roman Saturnalia and Medieval Christmases were all rather raucous affairs with closer resemblance to contemporary Halloween and Mardi Gras festivities,” Montone explained to his father 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NJ TRANSIT are banning alcohol this weekend as Santas, reindeer and elves storm the city.

Alcohol will not be permitted on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad trains and in stations from noon Saturday through noon on Sunday.

MTA police officers will be on duty at Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, stations and trains to enforce the restriction. Police will confiscate alcoholic beverages and issue summonses carrying fines or imprisonment. Police also may remove violators from trains or stations.

Beverages will not be allowed on any NJ TRANSIT trains, light rail vehicles or buses this weekend.



Our Short Line Railroad Collection

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So what is a “SHORT LINE”?
As defined by the Surface Transportation Board, a Class III is a railroad with an annual operating revenue of less than $28 million. In Canada, Transport Canada classifies short line railroads as Class II. … Handling shortlines exist only to move cars along their tracks for larger railroads.

We have a major WebSite called Short Line Railroads

Lets discuss some of the more unusual “short line railroads.

The Buckingham Branch has 6 interchanges with Class I Railroads. Three interchanges each with CSX and Norfolk Southern give our customers freight connections to anywhere in North America and to the Port of Virginia. With connection alternatives to both CSX and Norfolk Southern our customers also are assured of the most competitive freight rates and the best freight schedules.

The station in Troy was owned by the Troy Union Rail Road. The TURR lasted from the…

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