railfan365 wrote:I've read in a different thread that NYNJ's old track that connects to the SBK yard at 39th Street is no longer connected to the rest of the railroad on 1st Avenue. I've also read conflicting accounts about whether the connectoin still exists between the Canarsie line and the Long Island Railroad's Linden Yard. Does anyone know if there is presently a rail connection between the subway system and other railroads?
It's funny, I usually stick to the Metro-North forum, but after reading a recent NY Times article about something in the subway, I had been doing some research on Wikipedia and nycsubway.org and happened to find mention of this very topic yesterday -- before stumbling upon your query here today.
According to Wikipedia's entry for Linden Shops
It has track connections to the IRT New Lots Line and BMT Canarsie Line but has no third rail, restricting the facility to diesel-powered trains only. There is also a track connection to the LIRR's Bay Ridge Branch. This connection is one of two from the subway to the mainline United States rail network (The BMT West End Line is the other).
After checking a few sources, it appears the BMT West End Line connection to "the outside world" is rather limited in scope. Heading north from Coney Island, the D/M lines stop at 9 Ave, then turn north to merge with the BMT Fourth Ave Line (R). But if, instead of turning north, a train were to continue west
, it would head onto trackage controlled by what was formerly called the NY Cross Harbor Railroad.
According to trainweb.org's page on the NYCHRR
, the map in my previous link is a little outdated: the NYCHRR has since changed hands twice, the most recent owner being the Port Authority. Admittedly, I skimmed the page quickly, but it appears that (once again, despite what the map says), the tracks are active going out to the harbor and cars can be floated out across the harbor, though I got the impression this option isn't used nearly as often as it used to be, say, 20 or 30 years ago.
The map linked above also shows a connection to the South Brooklyn Railroad, but it infers that the SBK tracks are just stub tracks and not really connected to the rest of the SBK? Again, I didn't spend a ton of time investigating -- just a "starting point" to help you if you want to continue looking into this further on your own.
Jeff Smith wrote:Is the Kawasaki? assembly plant in Yonkers connected to the Hudson Line? I can't recall.
As another poster said, yes, it is -- but Metro-North has no direct connection to the subway. I would imagine a strictly "rail-only" route from Yonkers to the subway would involve being towed south to MO, around the wye and back up to New Rochelle, then back southbound down the Hell Gate line to the LIRR, then onto the proper routing to get from the LIRR into the subway system.
Considering such a move would involve multiple agencies (and likely "special crews" collecting premium or overtime pay), it's easy to see why most new subway cars are delivered by flatbed truck instead. Much faster and easier to load a car onto a flatbed in Yonkers and drive it into the 207th Street Yard, than it is to make all those complex moves on the rails. (Not to mention, the third-rail shoes would have to be removed before a subway car can run on MNR's tracks, then reinstalled at some point before being introduced to the subway system. This step isn't required if the cars are being trucked.)