• Monmouth Junction question

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by planespotting
Thanks for sharing video. Freight looks right at home on the NEC, especially when it's running at that speed. Don't know why they don't run more in the dead of the night when nothing is on the tracks related to NJT or Amtrak. Maybe we'll see some more rerouting in the months ahead given all the backlog from the ports.
  by CR7876
Bracdude181 wrote:@planespotting the Amboy Secondary is back in service now with a 10 MPH speed restrictions. Freight into Browns via the normal appears to be continuing as the Sayerville-South Amboy stretch is higher above ground than point south of Browns. Unless another hurricane comes and completely destroys the Raritan River Bridge I don’t think any big manifest trains will be going through Monmouth Junction any time soon.

However, this doesn’t mean no manifest freight between Metuchen and Morrisville regardless.

Should the Trenton Subdivision go down for any reason, CSX will divert most trains to Morrisville, and they will head up the NEC to Newark so trains can reach Oak Island yard. These moves are done during the night and are usually handled by Conrail. Sometimes it’s OI-32 and sometimes it’s MO-25.

The most recent occurrence of this was several years ago when the Tropicana train (Q170 or something like that) was rerouted over the NEC. Nowadays those cars come in on Q300 and leave on Q301

Frieght over the NEC is limited to Plate F clearance so no double stack intermodal.
At some point in the future, during one of the stages of construction, the current Essay Running track will need to re engineered to line up with the new bridge. There is talk of having to detour via Amtrak. I don't know when that will be yet.
  by Bracdude181
@CR7876 They will detour down Amtrak for anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks when the time comes. Essay Running will be partially removed so NJT can build the new tracks for the bridge. It will be reconnected and reopened when the new bridge is put in service.

This is still a ways off though The bridge is nowhere near done yet. Could be a year or so before we see this.
  by R&DB
Will the re-alignment of thhe Coast Line effect Church Running Track as well. If so, will probably interupt the Southern Secondary runs.
  by Bracdude181
@R&DB Yes. Church running will also be disconnected for about 4 to 8 weeks.
  by R&DB
Bracdude181 wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:01 am @R&DB Yes. Church running will also be disconnected for about 4 to 8 weeks.
That's gonna make Woodhaven real [/i ]happy! Perhaps they will wait until C&D gets the FIT connection done?
  by Bracdude181
@R&DB I’m starting to wonder if we are gonna see that at all. People were saying we were supposed to see work done in the summer. We are coming into fall and still nothing!

NJT isn’t gonna wait on C&D to open the line for that bridge to open either.

If Conrail is smart they will inform all customers on the Southern well in advanced of this so they can stock up on supplies during the 4-8 week period. Everyone besides Woodhaven only gets their supplies as needed anyways, and Marjam still gets the majority or their stuff in by truck.
  by R&DB
#1578857 by Bracdude181
Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:11 pm
Watched the arrival of that train at Tropicana's Jersey City plant back around 1990. They split the train in two and took the whole thing inside the freezer. I was on a tour of the refrigeration plant.