• M&E Rehabbing Vornado Spur?

  • 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 Angus202
 
Rehab of this spur seems to be progressing nicely, wont be long before we see some alcos crossing ridgedale ave here again. Snapped some pics of the work, first one looks like 12 inches to 1 foot scale garden railroading. I'm not sure the Vornado properties Co. nor the town of hanover will be pleased with the M&E storing equipment here, but the markers to replace ties east of the crossing I'd say is an indication they're planning on it. Second shot is of the trackwork on the bridge, about 1 in 3 ties crossing the creek is so rotted, the weight of a tie plate has crushed it, that'll need some tlc as the rest of this branch has almost everyother if not every tie replaced.
http://www.northshorerecording.com/rail ... rnado1.jpg

-Ryan

  by james1787
 
Does anyone have a map of the Vornado Spur?

  by Greg
 
Does anyone know for a fact that the M&E will be storing equipment on the east side of the crossing? AFAIK the trackage on Murray Rd is owned by Vornado, I find it surprising that they would allow equipment to be stored there.

  by njt4172
 
Greg,

Well then maybe one of the customers out of the possible 8 are going to receive rail service! I won't believe it until I see it, but if M&E doesn't own those tracks outright then you have a case for service!

Steve

  by njtransitrookie
 
I was in that direction today and saw RR construction working on the M&E
main near Vornado. 4 Hirail trucks and a large amount of bodies. With all this going on you would think something has to give. Or, this has something to do with the new 286,000 lbs. wt. standard of newer cars. Anyway, a little ballast and you have a nice main line with 35 mph speeds.

  by Greg
 
Steve,

Although I would like to see service restored to the spur I find it unlikely that anyone on Murray Rd will shortly be receiving rail service. Being that I use Murray Rd to get to work everyday I have been able to monitor progress on the M&E rehab in the area, in this regard I have not see any work on the Vornado spur East of Ridgedale Ave. Perhaps a phone call to the M&E might help illuminate what their intentions are for the spur on both sides of the crossing.

  by njt4172
 
Greg,

It seems like most of the ties on the trackage east of Ridgedale Ave. are imbedded in the grass..I guess that would make it very hard to replace ties, etc?....But, aren't there several thousands of feet of track that are over blacktop which are adjacent to the warehouses??

  by njtransitrookie
 
Home Depot or Target do not receive rail at indivdual stores as they both get rail shipments at their respective distribution centers. This is confined to lumber at HD. HD has a very large lumber DC in Sweedsboro NJ.

  by 7 Train
 
84 does recieve shipments to its Rockaway site, however.

  by njtransitrookie
 
Most 84's near rail do receive shipments. That is part of their business model. Home Depot works thru DC's as that works best. The average HD does 55 million a year with only a portion going to lumber. 84 is 5/8 lumber. At one time there was talk od HD putting a DC in the Boonton area.

  by Greg
 
Steve,

The trackage adjacent to the buildings on Murray Rd is not on any type of pavement but is actually in rather good shape. There are only a few areas that would need work but as I said earlier, it would surprise me that anyone would be getting rail service as they have all told me on prior occasions that they are not planning on it (I/they could be wrong however). FWIW, one of the buildings is now tenantless, I believe it is the Foremost building from what the landlord has told me.

  by SemperFiSep11
 
The rails are now visible ABOVE the grass and dirt on the complex side of Ridgedale Ave. That's a small step in the right direction.

Doesn't appear to be any other work going on in the area except the brush clearing up to the crossing.

  by njt4172
 
[quote="SemperFiSep11"]The rails are now visible ABOVE the grass and dirt on the complex side of Ridgedale Ave. That's a small step in the right direction.

Semper,

I don't quite understand what you mean. I thought the rails were ALWAYS visible above the dirt.....Please clarify....

Thanks,
Steve

  by njt4172
 
Tried to email Steve Friedland about the recent work, but he didn't give me specifics on the line. All he said was "Keep Watching"

Steve

  by denvillerailfan
 
The rails are now visible ABOVE the grass and dirt on the complex side of Ridgedale Ave. That's a small step in the right direction.


I beleive this is what the discussion is about...
http://community.webshots.com/photo/996 ... 9678zGAnBJ

The rails next to Ridgedale Ave. had become completely covered over.
I'll see if I can get over there this week to see what's new.