DogBert wrote:The entire site used to be the loadout for the city water tunnel 3 project, with the ore jennies run out to LI.
So that's were the 3rd water tunnel transload was - for some reason I thought it was closer to the Sunnyside yards. Good to see it remains busy.
Factor in the building supply place on Rust street and another 2 customers way back down at spur coming off the other end of maspeth yard, and I would say traffic through there is as high as it can get at the moment.
I'm going to modify my previous statement and give it a late 1960s level of activity - a 1950 level of activity would mean the 3 (maybe 4) readily visible ROWS in the block bounded by Grand, 54th st, and the Bushwick branch would all have active sidings.
And the Waste Management trackmobile misidentification is why I don't do photo reconnaissance analysis for the CIA - the shadows really do make it look like a small industrial critter. OK, next question then - in mysterd429's google view, what is the squarish looking orange/white cab on that short siding tucked into the green fence bend (possibly a gate), west off the bushwick? It doesn't seem to show up in Bing views, nor in that Newtown Creek walk-thru that rscott posted - doesn't really look like a truck - a short bus? a really big & festive hot-dog cart?