Beacon Park Final Farewell—August 2016.

My last view. (Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and Google Plus viewers may need to click on Brian Solomon’s Tracking the Light to see the big picture).

This former Boston & Albany freight yard was the site of some my earliest photographic efforts.

My last-ever view of Boston's Beacon Park yard. Exposed using a Lumix LX7 and processed with Lightroom to adjust framing and contrast.
My last-ever view of Boston’s Beacon Park yard. Exposed in late-August 2016 using a Lumix LX7 and processed with Lightroom to adjust framing and contrast.

Several years ago, in a deal with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CSX agreed to close its Boston yard to open the property for redevelopment. As a result, its intermodal yard at Worcester was expanded to accommodate the lost capacity.

The result is that Boston now has virtually no through rail-freight service. The trickle of remaining CSX rail-freight traffic is handled by a local from Framingham, Massachusetts. Container (and piggyback) traffic is accommodated by road.

Many years ago, Boston was a major freight hub, and Beacon Park was a very busy place—those days have long since passed.

For the last few years, the tracks at Beacon Park have sat disused and rusted.

Presently, track gangs are salvaging what remains of the old yard.

Someone, somewhere will declare ‘progress’.

Ironically, I exposed this view from a bus on the Mass-Turnpike Extension, the highway that more than 50 years ago assumed operation on considerable chunks of former Boston & Albany right of way.

Tracking the Light is Daily.


2 comments on “Beacon Park Final Farewell—August 2016.

  1. Re your last paragraph: the Mass Pike will now be “straightened” and will be realigned to go right over what were the center tracks of Beacon Park yard. Commuter trains now use the last track on the left; they will have two tracks and a new station, at least one storage track, and a track to connect to the Grand Junction bridge over the Charles River (seen out the other side of the bus). There will be one freight track on the extreme right to serve a chemical plant. And a whole new city will be built on most of the site, which is owned by Harvard University.

    For those who are really interested, look on this page:
    Look at the oldest Presentation from 2014 at the bottom of the page and then at the newest from 2016. All the Presentations have photos, maps, and line drawings.

  2. Michael Walsh on said:

    I like the cropped version at the head of the post – captures the scene better.

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