Beacon Line Service Proposals or Ideas

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Re: Beacon Line Service Proposals or Ideas

Post by eehiv » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:59 pm

Good News: ... 30_MNR.pdf" onclick=";return false;

"MNR is responsible for the portion that will utilize our Beacon Line from the Town of Southeast in Putnam County to Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County. This 18 mile segment will connect to the extensive Putnam County trail at Brewster (which continues southward to New York City) and to the Dutchess County Trail which continues from Hopewell Junction to the Walkway over the Hudson at Poughkeepsie and to trails on the west side of the Hudson River. The scope of work includes moving the existing single track to one side in select locations so that the trail is on one side and tracks on the other. The two will be separated by fencing to be constructed under this project. MNR will also protect and preserve its existing fiber-optic loop cable providing critical connectivity and resiliency for communications throughout the system. The construction of the trail will utilize part of the existing Beacon Line right-of-way, but will not impact the ability to provide rail service. MNR will seek to develop agreements with municipalities or other partners to operate and maintain the trail after construction.

Looks like they will be keeping the rails in this section. This will be the first true rail with trail in NY State.


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Re: Beacon Line Service Proposals or Ideas

Post by truck6018 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:18 am

Don't get too excited. It's only to seek out RFP's. Also, this report is from May.

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Re: Beacon Line Service Proposals or Ideas

Post by AMK0123 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:41 pm

Was watching the town of East Fishkill Board meeting on Television from last week and they had advised that MTA had gone to the town in the beginning of the month and confirm that they were going to be putting in a rail trail along the beacon line and that it would be starting in the beginning of 2018. Was curious if any of the current MNRR employees had heard any more specific info regarding the process. Are they going to be replacing the ties and rails in the sections that they move them to the other side of the right of way. Are they going to fix some of the bridges going through Patterson, NY, etc. Also has any company been awarded the contract as of yet?

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Re: Beacon Line Service Proposals or Ideas

Post by Kurt » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:27 pm

I saw this posted on several places on Facebook. It has a pretty good description of what they want to do with the trail, including where it will be within the right of way.

Under the documents tab is this pdf that describes in detail each section of the trail, including bridges, culverts, and proposed time lines. ... 171031.pdf

reading thru it, most of it leaves the existing track in place, with a few specific areas that mention moving existing track. No contracts have been issued yet.

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Re: Beacon Line Service Proposals or Ideas

Post by RussNelson » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:06 am

They're going to move the trail back and forth as needed for clearance. In a few places the tracks were moved into the middle of the right-of-way, leaving no room for the trail on either side. There, the tracks will be moved to the appropriate side.

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