riffian wrote:Not sure if this topic has been covered before, and I apologize if it has. My explorations have brought me to this former DL&W branch line which (according to an old Lackawanna ett) is about 3 and a half miles in length. This branch is almost inaccessible (except by rail of course), But after much trial and error I found the wye at the Harrison end, which still appears to be in use, and found all trackage removed at the Kingsland end. Are there any active customers on this line? Also a little history would be greatly appreciated. It appears there were many heavy industrial sites along this line, but most appear to be given over to recycling and garbage handling today. Thanks in advance for any info!
Ok, at the Kingsland End, track HAS NOT been removed, its just buried under about 6 inches of crap that locals have dumped there over the last few years. The only customer left on the branch is Omega Plastics in Lyndhurst. The plant is located right in the middle of the northern Wye that connects to the Main Line.
A few years back, Conrail used to run a trash train up the branch into North Arlington to the facility off of Schyler Ave where a green GP38 and a matching caboose would (remotly controled from somewhere in the facility from what I've been told) switch the trash cars into differant parts of the small yard they had. That operation has stopped and nothing has happened between Omega and the Harrison Wye that I have heard about in about 10 years.
I also heard that when Conrail would do these jobs, it was common if the train would derail on its way into and out of the branch due to horrible track conditions.
I used to watch the trash train cross over Oriet Way at the unprotected crossing, while it crawled over the road with its long consist of garbage.
Just to give you an idea you where it is, the tracks in Kingsland are in two places. They split somewhere behind the Verizon building at the beginning of Schyler Ave (Next to the Schyler Dinner). The eastern leg of the Wye runs through the Omega lot and connects with the Main Line facing Hoboken. It is common to see covered hoppers here that NS switches around every few days. The other half of the Wye (buried, but still in existance) runs west right behind the Schyler Dinner, over Orient Way (Tracks Out Of Service signs have recently been put up), behind what used to be Aldo's Hideaway (until it burned down not to long ago), and right through the platform at Kingsland Station where it rejoins with the Main facing Suffern.
Hope this clears things up. On the old RR.net fourms, I rememeber asking this same question and it turned into a battle of whether it should be converted into a light-rail system between Newark and Lyndhurst. Good times... Good times...
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