by Sir Ray
Interesting recent update to the "Industrial & Offline Terminal Railroads" site (I believe the site owner - Philip Goldstein? - is a poster on this board) on the NYNJ Railroad page:
All trackwork from 43rd Street through 39th Street was expedited in anticipation of start up of rail service to and through South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, and before a planned sewer realignment project was to commence. But this rail traffic did not materialize. Now, realignment of sanitary & storm sewer lines has commenced (April 2012) to avoid being under street trackage and has required removal of this new segment of trackage between 40th - 39th Streets. Upon completion, trackage will be reinstalled.Well, that's an interesting take on this - anyone else can confirm/deny/update. Mr Goldstein, if you read this, can you comment on this info perhaps? How solid is it that the 40th St siding will be reinstalled? And why was the trackage expedited in the first place, such that they have to now dig it up and replace it again? What sort of 'rush' rail service was expected?
Also, this expedited track segment did not provide a turnout and siding for the customer "Yi Pin" at 40th Street and customer(s) began offloading in Bush Terminal Yard. When the sewer realignment project is completed, permanent trackage will be installed INCLUDING a new turnout and siding at 40th Street for "Yi Pin". This work is expected to be completed late May / early June 2012.