Re: Toms River Industrial Track!The WOBM article stated 116 or 117 acres of solar farm. That's a lot of panels. Since almost nobody in the USA makes them in any quantity they will probably ship by rail from a west coast port. Rail makes sense. Let's see, 116 x 43560 sq. ft / acre equals 5,052,960 square feet! That's almost 1/5 of a sq. mile. I don't see a less expensive way than rail. The only problem I see is the condition of the Southern Secondary and the TRIT and how much Conrail is gonna want to repair them. Track, missing switches, RoW, ballast, signals, etc. What it all comes down to is Conrail's price. And don't forget all the structures to hold the panels, the wiring, conduit, transformers, electrical switch gear, structures for the business. That's a lot of stuff that needs to be gotten to the site. Conrail should be able to turn a profit even after fixing the lines. If they just rebuilt to Class 1 from Red Bank to Toms River, they could halve their labor costs to serve the lines. Thinking forward, they will have to re-open to Lakehurst anyway for Clayton if that operation starts up. Builders and Amerigas might even begin rail service. (By the way, your assumption the NJT won't allow Flammables on the CoastLine is probably wrong, as they have been hauling alcohol to Bel-Ray)
#1561919 by Bracdude181
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:43 pm
@R&DB Likely not. Unless the panels are insanely heavy. If so, moving them by rail is the only economical option.
#1562278 by Bracdude181I assume you are talking about the Union Branch bridge. Another one is the Toms River bridge near Whitesville Rd. They obviously need inspection, but may not need replacement. Neither has seen a train since 2010. The 3 bridges north of Rte-70 were repaired two years ago. I'm more concerned with crossing protection, the condition of the entire line RR west of Red Bank and the missing turnout in Lakehurst.
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:19 pm
Didn’t know a new crossing could be put in for 30,000 dollars. It hit was $1,000,000 per crossing.https://compassinternational.net/railro ... enchmarks/
After seeing my quoted post I might have to fix the autocorrect settings in this phone. I meant to type “I thought” not “it hit” lol.LOL! Stop using the phone and use a PC. Works so much better for this forum. I had some similar problems a few years ago.