CharlieL wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:46 pm Other than some marker flags (apparently marking out AT&T cable along the ROW), there has been no work done between end of track at Okerson Rd and the southern in Farmingdale. That's as of this morning (4/19/2021) and includes Howell Rd which is getting repaved from rte 33 to the tracks, Fairfield rd, Yellowbrook Rd, county 524, Southard Ave, and Railroad Ave in Farmingdale.Every crossing you noted needs a re-build and crossing protection.
R&DB wrote: ↑Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:56 am I have not measured it myself, but from what I can see from Google maps the distance from the south end of the Cross St run-around end of track to Lakehurst is less than 3 miles. I'm not positive as to where the actual end of track is located, but I believe it is near the intersection of Faraday Ave and Esti Cir.Cross St is MP61 and Clayton track starts at MP66 5 miles.
The real question is why did Conrail ever build the Cross St run-around? Have the fuel savings over the past 10 years paid for the cost of construction? Probably not.
R&DB wrote: ↑Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:37 am CharlieL wrote:Having seen a train train under that bridge, to say the least if you put a yardstick on the top of the locomotive, it's gonna be half a yardstick on the other side. Not nearly enough room for Plate F unless the roadbed is lowered quite a few feet.Plate "F" would not work north of Eatontown due to low bridges, tho.I don't think there are any Plate F obstructions on the Southern. I believe the Tinton Avenue bride has sufficient clearance. The obstructions are the catenary on the Coast Line to the best of my knowledge. The other issue is the 263,999 lb limit on the Navesink River bridge at Red Bank. RE-routing freight traffic through Freehold overcomes these limitations. (Of course the NIMBYs in Jamesburg and Freehold may have fits) It appears the objects of the grant are to relieve Conrail from serving the FIT and the Southern and to get the freight off the Coastline between South Amboy and Red Bank.
Also the only possible customer north of Eatontown appears to be Lawes and they haven't had a siding since they stopped selling coal decades ago.