Tri-State Tom wrote:Paul -I believe this crossover is gone. As mentioned, I didn't see how this would be used.
" There's a mirror image at Roseville allowing an eb local to go to the express track and bypass Newark. "
Circa 1974 thru say 1976, my recall is this one was used sparingly....often was the least polished day to day. BTW, I believe this one was removed with the reconfiguration of the junction 3-4 years ago, yes ?
Sheppard shows three switches on th emain tracks, plus the switch to the siding. It makes sense, as it allowed an eb express which stopped at South Orange to make the Brick Church stop on the express platform. DL&W generally didn't stop eb expresses on the express track at Maplewood or SO, in my recollection
" Crossovers between Brick and Orange, from 3 (wb local) to 1 (express) to 2(eb local)...."
Sounds like there was a '3rd switch' there Paul....news to me....I only recall the high-speed parallel pair as indicated up top here.
" On the westbound track, between Hickory Street and Center street is a siding with a reverse facing switch. There's no place to stash the pull-out cars, which is sorta surprising. "Yes
Hmm....guess the local drill would have had to foul main track #3 for a time there.
BTW, is Sheppard available on-line anywhere ?No.
I had an email exchange with Mr Sheppard last year. He told me that he was considering a large format reprint of the 1974 guide. I'm guessing it would be similar to the much better detail of Tidwater Terminals, etc