• D&R traffic down???

  • Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.
Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.

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  by njt4172
 
I have noticed as of Monday that the D&R branch has not seen a train in over a week... Anyone know why traffic has been down on the line??? I wonder if customers have been complaining....


Thanks,
Steve

  by Jihn z
 
Although I can't give a reason, I will second Steve's statement. It's plain slow. I realize that this line is served on a "as needed" basis, but I think i've herd maybe 1 or 2 trains in the past month! I remember in the not so distant past having 2 trains in a week!

  by Lackawanna484
 
Who are the current shippers on the D&R and what do they get / send?

  by Scrap The U34CH
 
I know Endot is going on winter shutdown this week so they won't be getting anything for a few weeks.

  by njt4172
 
Lackawanna484 wrote:Who are the current shippers on the D&R and what do they get / send?

I think there are about 3 active plastics companies and one lumber company....

Polyfil
Endot (supposed to be largest customer)
Nexpack
Action (I think they went belly up?)
84 Lumber (very sporadic)

Also the team track in Rockaway gets covered hoppers for transflo...

Hope this helps!
Steve

  by 7 Train
 
An Itailan food company is now at the Action site.

  by njt4172
 
Any updates on this???????????

  by NYSW13000
 
Just caught a train on the D&R branch yesterday, consisted of two boxcars and one covered hopper.

  by njt4172
 
NYSW13000 wrote:Just caught a train on the D&R branch yesterday, consisted of two boxcars and one covered hopper.
Mike,

Thanks for the heads up! Where did you happen to catch him??

  by washingtonsecondary
 
On the D&R, you'd know this if you could read.

  by njt4172
 
washingtonsecondary wrote:On the D&R, you'd know this if you could read.

Eat Me!

  by NJTRailfan
 
Hard to believe that back in 2000 or 2001 I once saw an M&E Alco pull 12 covered Hopper Cars on the D&R Line. WOW was that a site. Now I'll be lucky if I see service once or twice a weel with a handful of cars pulled by one Alco. What was the longest train on the D&R? someoen told me a 12 cr freight was the longest they saw.

  by Jihn z
 
18 made a late trip tonight, somewhere around 4:30. I'm not sure what they delivered, but they tied down for the night next to Mill Lane Tavern with two covered hoppers, and 18's rear facing Main Street. Herd on the scanner that they were gonna return first thing tomorrow to get it.

  by njt4172
 
Jihn z wrote:18 made a late trip tonight, somewhere around 4:30. I'm not sure what they delivered, but they tied down for the night next to Mill Lane Tavern with two covered hoppers, and 18's rear facing Main Street. Herd on the scanner that they were gonna return first thing tomorrow to get it.

Saw this consist last night i nthe darkness... Had the M&E 20 behind him plus atleast 2 covered hopper cars. I just drove by Denville today and there were 2 hobber cars plus a green box car sitting on the Boonton line wye stub track.... Any idea if this is the same stuff??

Thanks,
Steve

  by Al Holleuffer
 
The reason traffic is way down on the D&R Branch is that several of the customers who were located on the line when the Morristown & Erie took over operation have moved and/or gone out of business including Ivex Plastics and Joyce Mouldings, Inc., which accounted for more than 80% of the carloads. Trips now average less than once each week and most times the train consists of only one or two cars.

The longest train ever run by the M&E was 13 cars which is the maximum number which wil clear Ford Road for the drop at 84 Lumber's switch. I was the Conductor on that run. At the height of activity trains averaged six cars and service was normally three times per week and often four.