Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Vestiges Of A RR Track: While out doing some IFR (I Follow Railroads) milling around the other day, I happened to discover and follow a track that once was. What you see is a picture of corner of a mill building that was constructed over where a RR track curved down and around to connect with another. You can still see the steam engine smoke stains on the underside of the building.

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    Note: I have been to this building before but seeing some uncovered rails made me realize the purpose of this old mill cut-out. You learn something new every time.
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  2. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Can you see any vestige of tracks from Google Maps/Google Earth?

    Very interesting building for sure.

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    Slow Day At The Yard Today: Absolutely nothing was moving at the yard today when I passed through. Some days you get lucky and others not so much. Of late, it's not so much.

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    Is the rail yard in Deerfield MA?


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  5. popscycle

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    Nope, the siding is either totally overgrown, paved or graveled over. The exception was one small patch of track sticking out of the gravel.
  6. popscycle

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    Yes, it is. Located at coordinates 42.571484, -72.569049.
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    Powerful shot!



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  8. popscycle

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    TY!
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    Deconstruction Of An Old Paper Mill: Right around this date last year, we took the picture below of the ramshackle Ramage paper mill, located at Monroe Bridge (coordinates 42.722115, -72.939240), which was about to fall into the river.

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    Paper manufacturing began at this site in 1887 and continued until 1996, when the mill was sold to a private landowner (i.e., reportedly Jeffrey Phillips of Connecticut). By 1999, the owner ceased paying taxes on the property, which was condemned in 2015 with the town seized the land containing the wooden mill. December 2016 saw a bid proposal being drafted to remove the wooden structure. The idea was the area would become some sort of a park or recreation area. Frankly, that little piece of land is a little hard to get to.

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    Stakeholders in the area, aside from the town of Monroe, include TransCanada and various kayak and white-water rafting companies like Zoar Outdoors and CrapApple Whitewater. The town, which lost most of its livelihood with the closing of the mill, should figure out some way to use the old mill area to cater to the many rafters, tubers, kayakers and fishermen that come to this area. FYI, the roads to and around this area, both paved and gravel, are superb for riding.
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    Nice comparison photos John! Do you know if they are going to remove the brick building too in this whole process?

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    That's an interesting question, probably one that depends on the brick building's structural integrity. With mods, it could make an interesting whitewater sports center, given how the town is a popular put-in area. With only 120 or so residents, the town does have a revenue challenge.

    Edit Note: The picture was taken from what was once the Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad bed. Known locally as the 'Hoot, Toot & Whistle', the HT&W was the main catalyst that attracted James Ramage to build his paper mill there. The rail line, which would have made an excellent scenic ride, was abandoned in 1971 and is now a rail trail. The road shown below runs on a stretch of that RR bed.

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    Revisiting An Old Station: Below is a once-busy, once-ornate, two-level station that once serviced the Boston and Maine and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroads. The only trains that pass the station today are occasional freights from CSX on the upper level and PanAm on the lower.

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    It should be noted that the station is imminently restorable - the woodwork is intact. Also, all but one of the upper bridge spans have been removed.
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    A View From The Bridge: Liking the view and perspective, I took this picture from the Monroe Bridge while sitting on the bike. Having the good camera in the tank bag is handy.

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    Redhead Checks On A Red Shed: Yup, it's stil there but not for long. As old building go, this one's likely to go down any time now, seemingly sinking more than last year. One good wet snowfall could do the trick.

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    The building has some structural aspects of an early 1700s domicile, perhaps having later been converted to a barn/shed.
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    A Dusty, Dirty Old Mill Yard: The type of place the redhead likes to go.

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    Train for today John. The OSR track parallels the road from Woodstock to Ingersoll. I took several pics along the road and in the Ingersoll yard. Here are four for your pleasure.

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    Appreciate the train pics, Dave. Spending so much time on the PC of late has put me way behind the IFR curve but I did catch a pair of NS power units in the wild yesterday. Posing the redhead in this one was out of the question.

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    These units are operating on trackage from Mechanicville, NY to Ayer, MA that is owned by PanAm Southern, a separate company owned jointly by the two railroads (i.e. PanAm and NS, 50-50).
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    Flora, No Fauna du Jour: This was seen while out and about the other day. Well done, flora!

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    Not Dashing: Another ex-CSX Dash 8 power unit on the tail end of a work train going into the yard. This is the first time I have seen MA DOT hopper (ballast?) cars this far west of Boston, suggesting it might have something to do with the north-south CT River Line the DOT now owns.

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    Bought by the DOT in 2014, the once-decrepit CT river line is being upgraded and is now used by Amtrak (The Vermonter) and Pan Am Southern, which is owned by PA and NS jointly. The intent is to upgrade the line from the previous Class 1 status (i.e. 10 mph freight limitation) to Class 3 or greater.
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    It Was A Gravel Afternoon: It's no secret that the redhead likes gravel - it was an acquired taste. So, we spent the afternoon zipping down a whole lot of gravel roads, in both MA and VT. Some were extremely hilly and twisty and others were sweepers that followed streams and rivers. Below is one such road, a real gem that you can ride fast or slow since it has few potholes and only patches of loose gravel.

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    It takes a lot of willpower for me to stop, hydrate, enjoy scenery and take a pictures. On roads like these, I just want to keep riding and never stop.