Railroad Crossings of Note

This page provides access to public reference information related to problematic railroad crossings in our area.

The two crossings on our list at the moment are:

  1. The Birnie Road crossing of the Amtrak-owned railroad line in Longmeadow, Ma.
  2. The State Street crossing of the Amtrak-owned railroad line in Springfield, Ma.

 

This list is subject to change.

 

Bernie Road crossing | Longmeadow

Grade Crossing ID | 501939D

U.S. DOT Inventory Form – Bernie Rd Crossing (PDF)
October 3, 2019

Status | The crossing, which is now protected with active traffic control devices (flashing lights, bells, and gates), was official reopened on Friday November 15, 2019.

 

Locus map | Birnie Road railroad crossing, Longmeadow, Ma. | Google Maps

 

Bernie Rd railroad crossing – looking west | October 2015 | Google Street View

 

Related news articles

August 20, 1975 | Collision with vehicle, 1 person killed

Accident Report (PDF)

“Train Kills Robber”
By Ann Doyle | Springfield Union | August 27, 1975

 


May 20, 1981 | Collision with vehicle, 2 persons killed

Accident Report (PDF)

“Fiery crash of car, train takes 2 lives”
By John Appleton | Springfield Union | May 22, 1981

 


December 10, 1982 | Collision with vehicle, 1 person killed

Accident Report (PDF)

“West Side drive killed in train-collision”
By Penny Filosi | Springfield Union | December 11, 1981

“Questions on crossing rise again”
By John Appleton | Springfield Union | December 18, 1982

 


June 20, 1983 | Collision with vehicle, no injuries

Accident Report (PDF)

“5 leap from stalled car moments before train hits”
By John Appleton | Springfield Union | June 21, 1983

 


November 18, 1990 | Collision with vehicle, 1 person seriously injured

No accident report found

“Longmeadow driver hurt when train strikes car”
By Patrick Johnson | Springfield Union-News | November 19, 1990

 


July 27, 2005 | Collision with vehicle, no injuries

Accident Report (PDF)

 


March 14, 2017 | Collision with vehicle, 1 person killed

Accident Report (PDF)

“1 killed when train hits Longmeadow DPW truck during Winter Storm Stella”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | March 14, 2017

Longmeadow DPW plow driver’s death is fifth at Birnie Road rail crossing, records show”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | March 14, 2017

“Decades before crash that killed DPW worker, Longmeadow officials sought to improve safety at railroad crossing”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | March 24, 2017

“New signs installed at Longmeadow rail crossing — but who put them there?”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | June 23, 2017

“New temporary barriers up at Longmeadow railroad crossing; here’s how they’re different from the old ones”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | June 23, 2017

“Safety upgrades at Longmeadow railroad crossing, site of collision that killed DPW foreman Warren Cowles, included in MassDOT work plan”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | September 23, 2017

“Long, steady effort brought safety improvements to deadly Longmeadow railroad crossing”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | October 20, 2018

” ‘For too long, this site was ignored’: Safety improvements complete at railroad crossing where Longmeadow DPW worker died in train collision”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | November 15, 2019

 

State Street crossing | Springfield

Grade Crossing ID | 973101X

U.S. DOT Inventory Form – State St Crossing (PDF)
October 5, 2017

Status | This crossing is officially listed as open but it is now blocked by a locked sliding gate on both sides of the tracks. The gate can only be opened with the permission of Amtrak Police.

State Street crossing | looking west
Springfield, Ma. | June 10, 2019

 

Locus map | State St railroad crossing, Springfield, Ma. | Google Maps

 

State St crossing – looking west | July 2017 | Google Street View

Its interesting to note that this is one of only three public crossing on the Amtrak-owned rail line between Springfield and New Haven that is not protected by automatic warning devices.

The other two are the Bernie Rd crossing and a pedestrian crossing known as Bark Haul Rd, which is located inside the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge in East Longmeadow, Ma.

 

Related news articles

“Riverfront Park in Springfield is getting a facelift — but is a rail crossing a barrier to access?”
By Greg Saulmon | The Republican | October 16, 2018

“Springfield’s Riverfront Park reopens after $3.1 million renovation project”
By Peter Goonan | The Republican | June 12, 2019

 


External links

Crossing Inventory and Accident Reports Lookup
Federal Railroad Administration

 

 

Page last updated: November 15, 2019
Page last reviewed: October 29, 2018