photobug56 wrote: ↑Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:50 am
We just have to get PRR and hmm, what was the electric utility back then? Now PSEG is it now, at least for part of the state, but judging by their rep on Long Island (at least according to Long Island Power Authority)... Just curious - what is the obligation of the electric utility here?
Brief history to date: The Public Service Corporation of New Jersey ("PSCNJ") was formed in 1903 and acquired hundreds of railway, manufactured gas, and electric companies in New Jersey. (The majority of the PSCNJ electric business grew out of the electric railway business.) The order of size and importance of the businesses in 1903 was railway, gas and electric. PSCNJ was dissolved in 1948 and PSE&G absorbed all three businesses. The present NJ utility is Public Service Electric and Gas Company ("PSE&G"), which was incorporated in 1924 by PSCNJ, and with whom the PRR contracted for the overbuild, as well as the Metuchen, NJ 25MW rotary frequency converter, still in operation converting 60Kz to 25Hz power for PRR now Amtrak on a load following and scheduled basis. The entire Amtrak (ex-PRR) line in New Jersey is located within PSE&G electric service territory. Amtrak inherited the contract from the PRR, and it does provide significant lease/license revenue to Amtrak. PSEG Long Island does not own any infrastructure. The Long Island Power Authority ("LIPA") owns all the infrastructure and entered into an Operations & Services Agreement on December 28, 2011 with Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.(PSEG), the parent holding company, incorporated in 1985, of PSE&G and other businesses. The then in 2011 newly-formed for that purpose PSEG Long Island company, the winning competitive bidder to manage the operations of LIPA’s electric transmission and distribution system, commenced operations on January 1, 2014. That contract expires on December 31, 2025 and pursuant to another public bidding, the contract thereafter will be awarded to a winning bidder, which may or may not be PSEG. My recollection of my read of the PRR/Amtrak contract is that the Amtrak/PRR is solely responsible for maintaining the supporting poles and PSE&G is solely responsible for maintaining the PSE&G attachments to those poles, i.e., the arms attached to the poles to hold insulators and conductors. Thus, it is Amtrak's responsibility at Amtrak's expense to maintain the poles.