trainwayne1 wrote:When the New Haven was the New Haven, before Penn Central, what were the percentages of freight on the NY-New Haven-Hartford line vs the Maybrook-Hartford line? I do understand why the PC wanted to eliminate the Maybrook line as to not short haul itself, but in hindsight, the line from Easton, Pa to Maybrook-Hartford (L&HR-NH) could have/would have saved an awful lot of ton miles for Conrail on freight going into Southern New England, New York points east of the Hudson River and Long Island.
This has been covered previously but here we go again. On the Maybrook
Line in 1968 there were usually six round trips while on the New York Line
there were three regular round trips between Cedar Hill and Bay Ridge
and usually three round trips between New Haven or Cedar Hill and
Oak Point/Harlem River.
The Maybrook Line was in its last days when the fire occurred in May,
1974 and it is a given that even if the fire had never occurred, the line
today would not be in use.
The bulk of freight into New England was east-west and not north-south
so most if it used the former New York Central across New York State and
the B & A from Selkirk. This was Penn Central's preferred route, it made
the most sense and was the best for the railroad in every respect.
For north-south freight, Penn Central felt it was better and cheaper to run
the cars up and down the River Line and via Selkirk just use the B & A to
get to and from southern and central New England. If they had a solid
train, they could even use the by-pass and not go into the yard at Selkirk.
There is little or no freight left on the former New Haven Railroad
especially in the former industrial areas of Connecticut so there is no
through freight on the New York Line and no freight of any kind over much
of the Maybrook Line as well.
In the April, 1957 there were over 70 through freight trains listed on the
New Haven Railroad, today, December 20, 2007 NOT ONE remains, they
are all but a memory. Today, there are a lot fewer local freight trains
over this territory as well, again plant closings, industry move outs and
general decline have taken their toll.