Ken W2KB wrote:Conectiv has now formally filed with the NJ Board of Public Utilities for permission to construct electric transmission in support of abandonment of the Beesley Point Generating Station not later than December, 2007. Coal being the major (only??) freight traffic on the Beesley secondary does not bode well for this line.
Yes, this has been discussed here before. In any case, a lot can happen between now and 2007 folks...for example, they could decide that the plant cannot close for some reason...however, I'll admit, it does not look good for the old B.L. England plant...
We need to look at the possible bright side of things here, something that has not been done in reference to this issue. That land will still be zoned as industrial, and so it will need to be used for some industrial purpose. There is the chance that an industrial park, possibly a quite large one, could be constructed on the site of the old ConnectIV plant, which might generate even more traffic than the current plant does. That thing only generates about 150 carloads per week, sometimes less. That comes out to 7800 carloads in a good year. A large industrial park could generate a bulk of that kind of traffic. This industrial park idea is not confirmed, to my knowledge hasn't even been formally proposed yet, but is it not a possibility?
Plus, remember...there are other freight opportunities coming in the future for the Beesley's, including CMSL's Woodbine thing eventually, and some other traffic that I'm not at liberty to talk about here...
In short, I've determined this over the past few months since this topic has developed. Conrail will most likely retain the Beesley Point Secondary, at least up to Winslow. The rest is owned by the State of NJ anyway, and so it's really up to them concerning what happens to it after the closure of the plant. If Conrail wanted to discontinue service over it (should the Woodbine thing not pan out due to some unforseen circumstances), the state would have the final say in the abandonment. If CR deemed that the track between Winslow and Tuckahoe was not generating enough traffic even with the Woodbine CMSL deal, and they seeked to abandon service, the state would most likely contract out with another operator (SRNJ would be a good choice) to run the service.
In short: The Beesley Secondary isn't going anywhere, folks. The status of the line in terms of FRA certification might change (possibly to Industrial Track status, after the plant closure...this won't happen if this other traffic I'm talking about works out), but the line itself isn't going anywhere. The coal trains might be disappearing in the future, which is why that's where we should all concentrate our photographic efforts at this time...let's not wait until the very last coal train to go out and get this, guys...
Knowing our luck down here with rare events, it'll probably be a rainy / icy day in the middle of December, when you can't get a slide worth a darn because it's too darn dark, and your light meter starts telling you you're wasting your time here. This is how I was feeling shooting the circus train. Down and back. How can you have rain on BOTH days, with almost no rain in-between? And the same kind of heavy, pouring rain? Is that even possible?
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