NE2 wrote:Is this an accurate statement of the current status?
Rahway Valley: entirely out of service
Staten Island: in service from a non-connection with the Raritan Valley Line at Cranford Junction to east of Brunswick Avenue in Bayway, but used only for car storage
The Rahway Valley is entirely out of service, yes. There has been no work performed since all work stopped some time ago due to a lack of funds. Some track had been removed in preparation for relaying new track, and that track has not been restored. The line has no connection to any other line of railroad right now.
There has been now straight answer about the official status of the SIRY. The line is obviously usable as there are cars stored on the far end of the line in Cranford, although the M&E maintains the line is OOS because the crossing protection has not yet been upgraded. Significant funding was provided for upgrading the crossing protection on this line, however, only one crossing has been upgraded, the others having wooden posts with crossbucks put up to provide some warning of a grade crossing. It would seem that the money pit that sucked in all the other money for this project has also consumed the money for the grade crossings.
I'm also confused about http://www.stb.dot.gov/Decisions/readin ... enDocument. Why does it exclude "the portion of the line immediately west of milepost 9.8 to milepost 11.5 at the municipal boundary of the Borough of Roselle and the Township of Cranford"? Does someone else own the right-of-way in Roselle?
That line segment was excluded in the agreement between the M&E and Union County, excepting that it would be rehabilitated and operated with the rest of the line upon the consent of the parties to the agreement. This agreement must have been reached as that segment of the line was rehabilitated with the rest of the line.