Montague train turntable may find new life

Steve Sharratt
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Andrew Rowe

MONTAGUE — It used to turn engines in the days of yore, but it could soon be turning heads.

It’s an old piece of equipment forgotten since the days of railroading dried up decades ago, but it might soon become a community gathering place.

“It’s round, on the banks of the river, and a perfect place for an amphitheatre,” says Andrew Rowe, special projects co-ordinator for the town.

“Imagine going to a see a concert or presentation in the great outdoors.”

Town council agreed to consider the idea here Monday night when chief administrative officer Andy Daggett presented the concept to re-purpose the old train turntable.

It sits abandoned along the waterfront and was once used to turn train engines around since the Montague rail spur was a dead end.

The idea was hatched because the current waterfront gazebo would be too small to accommodate the crowds for some of the “bigger” musical acts expected to perform this summer.

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  • Aleisha
    March 26, 2014 - 19:38

    Complete waste of money! Its too far down the trail, especially considering its mostly seniors who go to water front to listen to the music! The turn table is really just an eyesore that should be removed if anything. Oh and that Artisans on main is another joke..its just a bunch of pictures being used as fillers for all the empty store front windows so hopefully people don't notice how pathetically hopeless doing business in Montague really is! Montague has nothing to offer, it really hasn't for a lot of years. Time for some new blood on town council instead of the same old people, stuck in their same old ways, with their same old ideas...

    • Marie
      March 27, 2014 - 09:03

      A very expensive joke.

    • gail
      April 17, 2014 - 09:16

      I agree with most of these comments... This is a dumb idea. if anything should be done with the old turntable then it should be removed as teens use it for hanging out and drinking... always have! It is too far ans too small for a concert and there would be too much noise for the cottages, hotel and homes along the river. If you don't want to remove it for safety reasons then just leave it alone and stop wasting taxpayers money!! Montague resodents could use a break in taxes more than a new project to waste what they do pay!!!

  • citizen
    March 26, 2014 - 11:31

    Stupid idea. Waste of money. I am a teen myself, and honestly it would probably end up being defaced by teens. The current location is much better. It would be better and probably cheaper to build a larger gazebo in the current location, if space is such an issue.

  • Concerned Citizen
    March 26, 2014 - 09:47

    I am very opposed to this open air amphitheatre, it will be nothing but NOISE for the citizens all up and down the river. We had one of these open air music boxes before and it was horrible for the people who had to listen to it. A waste of money and destruction of the peace and quiet of our waterfront. Is there anything wrong with the new auditorium in the high school??

  • Old Idea
    March 26, 2014 - 05:45

    What a fantastic ideal! Why didn't they think of this sooner? Oh wait, several groups did. The issue always came down to lack of support from the Town, questions on insurance and liability and access due to the distance from the parking. Another year it was nixed because too many rentals along there were concerned about the noise. Good luck with renewing your old ideas and tossing more money into an already looked into idea.

  • Tom Schultz
    March 25, 2014 - 16:51

    I was surprised to discover the turntable pit last year, but it is some way down the trail and doesn't seem that it would make a larger venue than the existing gazebo area if you count the lawn.

  • Already Happy
    March 25, 2014 - 14:22

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Existing waterfront venue would be very hard to improve on. Seniors and others with mobility issues can enjoy the entertainment from a vehicle, at the existing location, they would be excluded if it was moved to the turntable. Kids love the hillside location to roll down with their friends. Everyone has a good view of the entertainers. Where is the justification for relocating ?

    • caringgal
      March 25, 2014 - 20:37

      Do you realize they are planning to close of the street during summer days,so no one will be able to watch from cars or even park.

    • Marie
      March 25, 2014 - 21:43

      Montague mayor & council are that dumb I'm not surprised at anything they'd do. Too much caffeine in the mayor & seriously, ALL of this council needs to be replaced by citizens who care about the community & not about their friends. Way too much waste of $$ going on especially when last year this same council said they needed to annex people in adjacent area to Montague to get $15,000 tax money. What zone or planet is this mayor & council in? As for the artisans thing, which is good for Montague, good for them, but if they are THAT successful, why aren't they paying their own way by now? as reports say there are 40 artists - divide that up re rent & it should be pittance for them to share? why is tax money going to them if they are that successful?

  • Marie
    March 25, 2014 - 11:25

    This costs $. With all the extra $ Montague seems to have to spend this year, will taxes be lowered for residents? A break would be nice.

  • First
    March 25, 2014 - 10:00

    First the town acquires funding to hand out to a private owner of a waterfront building for the Artisans- now this!! My - how does one get on this gravy train? Is there anyone with a brain ready and willing to run for Mayor or at least for council?

  • caringgal
    March 25, 2014 - 09:03

    Sounds like a neat idea.What would be involved? Any cost to residents?