ccutler wrote:Just east of there is a new yard 1/2 full of gons. Is that somehow connected with the new switch going in?
Other side of the drawbridge right? That's Blissville. It was abandoned in the 80s and rebuilt sometime around 2007 or 2008 as compensation for the loss of Yard A (which is a little comical, yard A was huge in comparison). NYA only started using blissville around 2010 or 11 - there's a thread on it here somewhere. It's just used to store C&D cars, or CEFX cars for Gershow - though the latter hasn't happened in awhile. I'd say it gets switched once every 3-5 months depending on if there's extra C&D cars that are needed or need to be stored somewhere.
It'll be interesting to see if Blissville gets used a little more with Wheelspur, though unless a customer comes in that gets a lot of cars I sort of doubt it will. Cars come in and go out of Arch st. they don't sit around on that storage siding east of the 7...
Isn't the area in question in the attached link?
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Yes, that's the spot. That image is at least 3 years old though. There's a bunch of more current photos here - http://ltvsquad.com/2013/03/11/lics-whe ... nt-future/
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Yard A got pretty quiet through after the 80s. I believe the Ronzoni spur closed sometime in the early 90s, and LIRR used it less and less until they handed it off to NY&A. NY&A very quickly consolidated to Fresh Pond and by 2001 all of the yard tracks were ripped up in preparation for the ESA dig.
NYCS you have any photos from that time? I haven't seen many of the Ronzoni line in use. I only have a few from when I came across a freight stuck at 43rd st. crossing because someone parked on the tracks.