workextra wrote:I know LI experimented with TOFC in the past and it apparently failed for reasons I have yet to look into.According to this site: http://trainweb.org/AbandonedLIRR/NYCH.htm#Special (see Intermodal), the reason for failure was equipment problems - the special "Bogies" used were too light, even with loaded trailers and derailed.
workextra wrote:Then we must re invent the wheel and figure out how to make TOFC and single stack container cars fit on Long Island track and through this new tunnel which could be a Joint Rail and Road tunnel to make the project more feasible.According to that Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel study mentioned on page 3, most if not all LI trackage (thru NYP too as evidenced by Circus Train) is capable of accepting TOFC and COFC traffic, but these are not the standard (well) cars used any more - any beside those used by Circus still around? Even with these flat cars, still issue of getting across harbor/Hudson River.
With PA NY/NJ take over of NY/NJ Rail, maybe fast ferries instead of barges since only 1 crossing? Ferry better than barges, but still at mercy of water so not as reliable as tunnel or trucking.