by Triple6 dot5
A fourth storage track is being added in the yard on the east side. Also a possible engine service track. Switches ties and rail were either installed or in place last week
Did we ever hear a music sweeter than the one that thrills, as it floats along the Deerfield, as it echoes o'er the hills.-E. A. Fitch
How we watch that little engine as it stalks across the plain; was there ever music sweeter, was there ever sight completer, than the coming of the train?
Saratoga County recently completed acquisition of a key 13-acre parcel that’s needed for the roughly three-mile extension from the trail’s south end, at Coons Crossing in Halfmoon, to Elizabeth Street in Mechanicville....The extension will parallel existing railroad tracks from a point near Coons Crossing to the city of Mechanicville....The largest single stretch, about 5,000 feet, is part of the 13 acres Saratoga County bought from Pan Am Railways, which owns a large intermodal rail facility off Route 67, near Mechanicville. The $45,000 sale was completed last Friday.
Triple6 dot5 wrote:I would imagine it will be for any locomotive/ locomotives that will will be hanging around the yard for switching out the auto leads as now there just oil Matt's between the rails on the auto lead and it's not convenient to get to. It appears stone has been dumped to accommodate a switch for this purposeGoogle Maps Aerial photo link gives a good idea how congested Mechanicville yard can get these days with what looks like a 28N, 22K, and 23K train present:
ANDY117 wrote:Even better would be a small wye somewhere so we could spin power without having to beg CP.Most of the old alignment in Mechanicaville is built over now. But you can still see the small bridge over Anthony Kill in the aerials near the curve in Ferris Lane.
b&m 1566 wrote:The turntable pit is still visible, could a turntable be a viable option?Not really needed for cross-Corridor traffic when East Deerfield has one, and the self-controlled Hoosick Jct. wye isn't too many miles away. They can also request one-off permission from CP...or Amtrak @ Schenectady...to wye if they find themselves in a tough jam locally. It's such a rare occurrence it wouldn't be close to worth wasting the space at M'ville.
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:Whose engines are expediting the service track install...NS's coming off the D&H South or PAR's coming off the Corridor?I think this might be related to the recent power acquisition. Pan Am is planning on increasing service and is going to need space for all of their power.
gokeefe wrote:Unless those are somehow terms-and-conditions of the service agreement for acquiring the GE's, I don't see a correlation in how that physically increases the quantity of PAR locos passing through Mickeyville enough that service track becomes expedited today vs. put off yesterday. These six-axles pack a much bigger per-unit punch than the EMD mainstays of the roster. They shouldn't be needing more units per lashup to run the Corridor. If anything, this infusion helps them increase service while keeping power assignments flat as a board over a longer term...the way a normally-managed railroad would scale itself. It could, in the very short-term, outright decrease the number of locos they have to run through the west end until additional scheduled trains backfill those assignments.F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:Whose engines are expediting the service track install...NS's coming off the D&H South or PAR's coming off the Corridor?I think this might be related to the recent power acquisition. Pan Am is planning on increasing service and is going to need space for all of their power.