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.