Giant Propane Tanks to Travel through Upton on the G&U Today

On June 12, the Town of Grafton announced the Grafton and Upton Railroad (GURR) will be moving two of their LPG tanks to Grafton via rail from Hopedale to Grafton on Sunday  June 14 sometime in the late afternoon/evening. "There may be a potential for traffic delays at railroad crossings," said the Town of Grafton. A call to Doug Pizzi, the GURR spokesperson, to obtain additional details was not immediately returned. The two tanks will be moved to the GURR LP Terminal located on … [Read more...]

Upton BOH: “No further action will be taken with respect to regulating noise resulting from the Railroad operations”

Upton Board of Health Press Release Grafton-Upton Railroad The recent decision of the Surface Transportation Board in the matter of the Grafton Upton Railroad concluded that the railroad operation is pre-empted from local regulation. This decision confirms that local regulation of the Railroad and its operations is prohibited. Therefore, the Board of Health has determined that no further action will be taken with respect to regulating noise resulting from the Railroad operations. We are … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned by Verna Kosiba

submitted by Verna Kosiba For several years before and since 2005, I was an interested observer of the New London CT eminent domain court case. The results of that case ... legally and subsequently, showed me that the little guy NEVER wins when up against big government and/or large commercial enterprises; regardless of the rightness of the cause. The New London experience was why I was never part of the STB petition. My issue was, and continues to be, the night time noise generated by the … [Read more...]

Update on Upton Railroad Crossings Upgrade

G&U RR crossing Pleasant Street According to the Town Manager's report the Town has received word from the Grafton & Upton Railroad that the process to install upgrades to four railroad crossing in Upton is moving forward.  The State DOT has asked the Railroad to provide them with a schematic grade crossing plan for each crossing. The crossings to be upgraded are located on Williams Street, Maple Ave, Hartford Ave South, and Pleasant Street. The Senate passed a bill authorizing … [Read more...]

Do you believe? Hop aboard the Polar Express™ in Hopedale this holiday season

The Polar Express™ is coming to Central Massachusetts                                                 Do you believe? Hop aboard the Polar Express™ in Hopedale this holiday season! HOPEDALE – Inspired by the runaway hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express™ . Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. … [Read more...]

The Emperor’s New Clothes a letter by Verna Kosiba

submitted by Verna Kosiba of Upton Letter to the Editor The Emperor’s New Clothes. As I sit here in my house on this crisp fall morning, with the windows closed and my radio playing; I still hear clearly the incessant sounds of pellet plant operations. This very fact brings to mind the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale about the emperor’s new clothes. You know, the one about the exceedingly vain emperor who bought into the belief that the material his new clothes were made of could … [Read more...]

Polar Express to travel from Hopedale to Upton on the G&U RR

HOPEDALE – Jon Delli Priscoli, owner of the Grafton and Upton Railroad, announced that the railroad will make way for the Polar Express to ride the G&U rails during the coming holiday season. “The railroad is the perfect setting for this time-honored family tradition,” Delli Priscoli said. “It will be a great way for people from the area to celebrate the holiday season.” The Polar Express ride to the North Pole is based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and the … [Read more...]