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I was 8 when PC started, only effect in Western Maryland where I lived was the slow death of the Bedford,PA. branch. However, in the town of my birth, Foxboro, Mass., PC changed everything.
The former NEW HAVEN track through Foxboro had a big infusion of traffic, as this became PC's connecting route from the former B&A down to Southeastern Mass. The first N.E. Patriots stadium opened in 1970, and MBTA trains to the stadium also used the branch, which meets the NEC at nearby Mansfield,Mass. In 1972, TRAINS had a very interesting article about a PC Track supervisor's job, which included this trackage.
My maternal grandparents home was about a quarter mile from the tracks in Foxboro, I really liked the Hancock air whistles on the x-NH diesels.
I did not get a camera until age 16, the old Kodak 127 print camera wasn't capable of much, but during a family vacation laundromat trip, I went across the street to the Mansfield station, and shot this GP9 on a 2-car local.
This was in June, 1976, 2 months after Conrail, and things would change again. This was the only PC diesel I ever shot.

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