• CSX Northern Branch

  • Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.
Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.

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  by BVERailer
Is the CSX Northern Branch still in use today? I've seen it multiple times but I've never seen a train on it. The Ex-Erie-Lackawanna line east of the River Sub is the one I'm talking about.
  by ExCon90
FWIW, way down on the New Jersey Railfan forum (most recent post June 25, 2017) there is a thread called Northern Branch customers through the years. I'm sure I've seen more recent posts than that on the subject, but can't find them now.
  by mackdave
It is out of service above Demarest Ave in Englewood, a rail has been removed. Been about a year or so.

Dave Mackay
  by BVERailer
So it is still in service, just only south of Englewood. I saw some freight cars on a spur not too far from Rt 4.
  by RichM
Yup, there is still at least one customer just north of Route 4 around West Englewood Avenue, nothing active north of Palisade Avenue for a long time though.
  by GojiMet86
This is the one that NJT wants the HBLR to run on, right?
  by ExCon90
Yes, as far as Englewood Hospital.
  by freightguy
The selected route consists of a 10-mile two-track extension from its current terminus at Tonnelle Avenue in Jersey City north to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, generally along CSX Transportation’s Northern Branch running track. Plans include construction of seven stations in North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, and three in Englewood, along with parking for more than 2,700 vehicles.

That was part of a press release about expanding the Hudson-Bergen light rail line. 2/16/18
  by ccutler
Yes by maximizing the number of stops, they can minimize the value of passengers' time.
  by BVERailer
Interesting that they are only using the part of the line already in use. They should expand to at least the NY-NJ borded in like Northvale or Old Tappan. NJ Transit definitely has the money, and it even helps that tracks and stations are still there. But, I can't change their mind. Oh, well. Englewood is only a few minutes away anyhow.
  by ExCon90
There's a whole discussion of this in the NJ Transit forum. Apparently the NIMBYs in Tenafly stood with linked arms and proclaimed "They Shall Not Pass."
  by Jeff Smith
http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=14381" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; HBLR Proposal
  by photorailfan
spotted a ballast train on the north branch. Anyone know what's happening?