• Trains and operations in Browns Yard

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by GSC
 
I've been by Browns a number of times, but haven't discovered the best spot to railfan from. Any advice? And family safe?

Also, what are the best days and times to see some action? Thanks.
  by CJPat
 
Evidently, today was a pip (hindsight is always 20/20). Sounded like a regular Soap Opera.
  by GSC
 
I went to Historic Aerials and looked over the South Amboy area. Fascinating. The empty area next to that long curve before South Amboy was all a huge rail yard. So was the yard on the other side of the NY&LB crossing. I looked at 1953. Really cool stuff. You just have to put up with copyright watermarks all over the pics.
  by R&DB
 
PRR had coal unloading facility there, ( to barges to NYC area markets. Also the electric to steam (later electric to diesel) engine switch-outs. And the DM car service from North Jersey ended in SA and had a yard there. Plus the Raritan River RR interchanged with NY&LB in SA. Busy place.
  by GSC
 
A friend and I explored the coal yards and MU yard years ago. Some tracks were still near the pier, some washed out and hanging in the air. Great place to watch the evening commuter parade, PRR engine changes, so much to see and yes, it was a very busy place.
  by R&DB
 
GSC wrote: Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:23 pm A friend and I explored the coal yards and MU yard years ago. Some tracks were still near the pier, some washed out and hanging in the air. Great place to watch the evening commuter parade, PRR engine changes, so much to see and yes, it was a very busy place.
One of the busiest places in town was the bar by the station where the commuters would dash in for drinks during the engine change. Sometimes in the Morning as well as the Evening trips.
  by GSC
 
R&DB wrote: Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:55 pm
GSC wrote: Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:23 pm A friend and I explored the coal yards and MU yard years ago. Some tracks were still near the pier, some washed out and hanging in the air. Great place to watch the evening commuter parade, PRR engine changes, so much to see and yes, it was a very busy place.
One of the busiest places in town was the bar by the station where the commuters would dash in for drinks during the engine change. Sometimes in the Morning as well as the Evening trips.
I watched the "six pack engine change express" many times, from inside and outside of the train. Could've used Long Island RR's "Dashing Dan" as a mascot.
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