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Boston, Lowell, & Haverhill Railroad

Boston, Lowell, & Haverhill Railroad

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Owner: Justin Cutietta

The Boston, Lowell, & Haverhill (BLH) was formed in 1997 after the sale of several MBTA commuter lines to make up some of the costs of the Big Dig project. The BLH operates over former Guilford Rail routes and has full time passenger operations along all former MBTA lines and long distance routes to Lincoln, NH (with stops in Concord and Manchester) and Portland, ME (with summer runs to Bangor). The freight operations use equipment purchased from Guilford after that company declared bankruptcy in the fall of 1999. While the entire system has main and branch lines maintained for passenger service, passenger service is still a long way off. The only runs made to the south side of Boston are the runs to New Haven to connect with the Mohawk & Hudson (f) and to connect to the CSX interchange in South Boston, and the run to Cape Cod, for tourist operations and a lucrative auto-train type run that lets passengers take their cars with them to the cape, bypassing the heavy traffic. The Bay Colony still handles freight. The line to Albany is now devoid of passenger operations, but under planning is an overnight run to Albany-Rensselaer. Most other freight connections are still maintained.

The BLH uses rebuilt FP-10s and newly rebuilt FP-9s that were converted to "FP-11s" and have higher horsepower engines producing 2,345 horsepower each. One E-8a, former Conrail 4022, is used in various services, although it can be seen mostly in Executive service.

The numbering is based on type -- FP10s are in the 100 series while the FP11s are in the 200 series, and the E-8a retains its old number. Guilford rail numberings are retained, with modifications made where needed. Cars from the MBTA (horizon cars) are numbered in the 1400 for normal cars and 1600 series for the cab cars. The Budd Smooth side cars are numbered in the 2400 series. The lone observation car is numbered 2500, the MK rebuilt RDC-9s are numbered in the 2600 series, and the MK rebuilt RDC-2s, which are used for cab cars, are numbered in the 2700 series.

Paint Scheme: The locomotive paint scheme is a simple silver with two maroon stripes, while the passenger cars have one stripe. Lettering is gold.

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