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RVL Whitehouse Passing Siding Progress

Postby Ken W2KB » Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:48 am

Underground conduit and accesses are installed. Ballast subbed is installed. About 1/3 to 1/2 of concrete ties are in place or ready to be spaced.

Appears to be moving forward at a good pace.
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RVL Whitehouse passing track

Postby webman » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:27 pm

I'm a regular commuter on the RVL and have been following the progress of the Whitehouse passing track with great interest. Does anyone know when the new schedule with increased service will begin? Does anyone know what the departure times in High Bridge in the AM and Newark in the PM will be?

Thanks in advance! :-)
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Re: RVL Whitehouse passing track

Postby transit383 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:56 pm

webman wrote:I'm a regular commuter on the RVL and have been following the progress of the Whitehouse passing track with great interest. Does anyone know when the new schedule with increased service will begin? Does anyone know what the departure times in High Bridge in the AM and Newark in the PM will be?

Thanks in advance! :-)


I think 5423 is a definite extension to High Bridge (the 12:06pm departure from Newark), because on holidays this train runs as 8525 all the way up to High Bridge.

There will probably be more revenue trains up to High Bridge in the morning (currently, 5701 is the only westbound morning run, arriving in High Bridge at 8:36). Same thing in the afternoon, with more revenue trains heading east (currently, 5710 is the only inbound, leaving High Bridge at 4:45PM).

There are five afternoon trains that run up to High Bridge in the current schedule. Do any of them spend the night in High Bridge or do they all deadhead back to Raritan?
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?
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Re: RVL Whitehouse passing track

Postby njt5140 » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:38 pm

transit383 wrote:There are five afternoon trains that run up to High Bridge in the current schedule. Do any of them spend the night in High Bridge or do they all deadhead back to Raritan?


Everything heads back to Raritan Yard, then most of the equipment is used on later runs...
5707-X570-5452-5455
5709-X572-5454-5457
5711-X574-5456-5401
5713-X576
5715-X578-5458-5403
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Re: RVL Whitehouse passing track

Postby mcmannors » Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:50 pm

transit383 wrote:I think 5423 is a definite extension to High Bridge (the 12:06pm departure from Newark), because on holidays this train runs as 8525 all the way up to High Bridge.



That is incorrect. On getaway days, or days before a major holiday, 5425 (not 5423) is extended to High Bridge as 8525.
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Postby Jtgshu » Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:06 pm

Rails are laid for most of the siding, and are attached for about 1/2 of it. There are no marks or distrubing of the current ROW, so it will still be awhile before they cut in the new switches. Also, I didn't see any placement or foundations for signals or anything ou there, so i guess thats yet to come.

But the track crews are making good progress on getting those ties and rails installed on the siding!
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Postby nick11a » Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:00 pm

Jtgshu wrote:Rails are laid for most of the siding, and are attached for about 1/2 of it. There are no marks or distrubing of the current ROW, so it will still be awhile before they cut in the new switches. Also, I didn't see any placement or foundations for signals or anything ou there, so i guess thats yet to come.

But the track crews are making good progress on getting those ties and rails installed on the siding!


Yes, they certainly are moving!
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Postby Zeke » Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:58 am

The 8 pm yard job, YR-03 that drills Raritan yard was drafted last friday night to run an ailing cab car to the MMC and return with a wide load. One of the custom built power switches for the new siding was delivered by CSAO up at the MMC perched on a special bulkhead flat. It was unloaded monday and stored in the back of Raritan yard awaiting it's mate. When the second one arrives they will both be hauled up to the work site and installed. I have been hearing around mid October the siding will be complete and in service.
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Postby nick11a » Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:09 pm

This may sound like a dumb question, but where is this Whitehouse passing siding (and don't say in Whitehouse.) :-) I was expecting to see it either just east or west of the station but when I drove by yesterday, didn't see it. And being that they wouldn't put it by all of the crossings (School Road, Coddington Road, County Line Road), I can only guess they are putting it west of the station past the curve?
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Postby TGIV » Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:16 pm

You guessed it about 300 ft west of the curve.
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Postby nick11a » Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:24 pm

TGIV wrote:You guessed it about 300 ft west of the curve.


OK, I would have thought a good place for it would be right at the west end of the station similar to the Far Hills set up of a passing track. But, that isn't too bad at least.
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Postby Jtgshu » Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:21 pm

There is an overhead bridge which goes over the siding about midway down its length, but i can't remember teh name of the street. The street is right were Railroad St (Ave?) west from White House meets up with/changes names to Old Mountain Road at that interection is right on the other side of the bridge, on the North Side of the tracks.
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Postby nick11a » Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:34 pm

Jtgshu wrote:There is an overhead bridge which goes over the siding about midway down its length, but i can't remember teh name of the street. The street is right were Railroad St (Ave?) west from White House meets up with/changes names to Old Mountain Road at that interection is right on the other side of the bridge, on the North Side of the tracks.


Hmm, don't know that road. Time for a scouting mission....
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Postby Ken W2KB » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:08 pm

nick11a wrote:
TGIV wrote:You guessed it about 300 ft west of the curve.


OK, I would have thought a good place for it would be right at the west end of the station similar to the Far Hills set up of a passing track. But, that isn't too bad at least.


It was probably located to (1) avoid grade crossings, and (2) the place where the times would best fit the required meets.
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Postby transit383 » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:38 pm

Will the increased service to High Bridge include weekend service as well?
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