CSX B721 charging east through Wellesley Farms
Apologies for the extremely cheesy quality of this iPhone grab shot from October 2016 but I post it for its historic significance as this Framingham - Beacon Park/Everett turn represents the last vestige of CSX freight service into Boston. All the IM service lanes terminate/originate at Worcester while the only road freights east of Worcester, Q436/Q437, call Framingham as their terminal. By mid-2018, even B721 was no longer serving Boston area as the Everett produce / scrap business was ceded to Pan Am in exchange for CSX extending operation of the Pan Am interchange freight traffic from Worcester to Ayer. The once vibrant ex-B&A line east of Worcester now sees 40 daily MBTA trains and Amtrak's Boston extension of the Lake Shore Ltd. Ho hum...
Photographed by John Barlow, October 11, 2016.
Added to the photo archive by John Barlow, March 25, 2020.
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