• LIRR Mainline Third Track Project

  • Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.
Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

Moderator: Liquidcamphor

  by Head-end View
I can guess a reason the LIRR is installing conventional signals for eastbounds at Divide-1. Maybe because coming into Divide Interlocking there are a lot of switches and sometimes congestion ahead so they decided that at that one spot, engineers need all the info provided by conventional signals. Or maybe they intend to keep the old style signals all the way into Hicksville station?

But westbound at Divide-1, RAS was maybe thought to be adequate since at that point trains are leaving the complex of switches and congestion at Hicksville.
Everyone - Here is the December 2022 3TC construction updates:
https://lirrexpansion.com/2022/10/27/on ... n-updates/
Look for "December 2022 Construction Updates" - for a 7 page PDF:
Corridor Wide, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Garden City/GC Park, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury.

The only weekend track work is for these stations WESTBOUND ONLY on Saturday-Sunday December 10-11:
Elmont/UBS Arena, Queens Village and Hollis - Alternate local buses will run between Bellerose and Jamaica.
Hempstead Branch WB trains will operate nonstop between Bellerose and Jamaica for this outage period.

**EXCEPTION - For NY Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes hockey game at 7:30 PM Saturday December 10:
From 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM westbound trains will stop at Elmont/UBS Arena Station.
Westbound train service from the UBS Arena will be available at the Belmont Park Station after the game.
All eastbound train service will NOT be affected.**

Switch work east of Jamaica - and at Queens Interlocking - is the reason for this limited outage...

With the 2022 Holiday Season - and (anticipated) opening of Grand Central Madison Terminal later in December
major LIRR track work projects may have a winter hiatus this year with the Third Track Project basically complete
in terms of track construction - only various 3TC station and lineside ROW work remains...MACTRAXX
Everyone - updating weekend LIRR track work information in December 4 post:
The Queens Interlocking/East of Jamaica switch work has been postponed to Saturday-Sunday December 17-18.
There are no UBS Arena events for that weekend - and for that matter between December 13 and 23.
Only QUEENS VILLAGE and HOLLIS will be affected - again WESTBOUND only.
Hempstead Branch trains operate nonstop between Bellerose and Jamaica.
Local bus will be available between Bellerose and Jamaica.

The only LIRR work now scheduled is for the Valley Interlocking area overnight Friday/Saturday December 10
between 12 midnight and 8 AM. There are service changes for Babylon, Far Rockaway, Long Beach and West
Hempstead Branches noted in special card timetables issued...MACTRAXX
  by Head-end View
Re: the new full-size signal gantry facing eastbound trains at Divide-1 (just west of the Wantagh Pkwy), the new traditional position-light signals are now in operation. If you want to see it, drive to the dead-end of Bond St. running north off Old Country Rd. in the New Cassel industrial area.

Best done on a Sunday when the car dealer service dept. in that dead end block is closed. Other days the dead end is congested and you can't get up the tracks.
  by AHunter3
Rode from Atlantic Terminal to Mineola, first time on the new track. Thumbs up all around. More was done right than not. It's a major accomplishment and everyone benefits. I do indeed wish they'd done three platforms at Mineola but they could insert that at some future point without extreme disruption, and I guess their logic is that Oyster Bay traffic is low enough that they just don't care to make a physical accommodation.
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