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Canton Junction Railroad Station Relocation, Canton, MA


Relocation of the Canton Junction Railroad Station

As Amtrak prepared the design of its new high speed rail system between Boston, MA, and Washington, DC, they realized that a curve in the tracks adjacent to the Canton Junction railroad station was too sharp. To accommodate high speed trains the track would have to be straightened out a bit. The recently restored Canton Junction station would have to be moved back to accommodate the adjustments.

International Chimney accepted an order to relocate the station. The entire station, including its 189' long canopy, was to be moved in one piece. The move path would consist of taking the station back away from the tracks, rotating it, then moving it sideways to its final location. 

In preparation, ICC had to excavate under the station to facilitate the installation of move-steel.  During excavation a problem was encountered: due to close quarters under the building excavation had to be done by hand, which didn’t seem too bad until we encountered rocks -  large rocks forming a “ledge” which had to be removed by hand with rock splitters and muscle.

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