• Central Branch Freight

  • Discussion related to NYAR operations on Long Island. Official web site can be found here: www.anacostia.com/nyar/nyar.html. Also includes discussion related to NYNJ Rail, the carfloat operation successor to New York Cross Harbor that connects with NYAR.
Discussion related to NYAR operations on Long Island. Official web site can be found here: www.anacostia.com/nyar/nyar.html. Also includes discussion related to NYNJ Rail, the carfloat operation successor to New York Cross Harbor that connects with NYAR.
  by mjd13076
 
Today (1/19/19), we’ve noticed a bit of a strange occurrence on the Central Branch immediately west of where the old South Farmingdale Station used to be.

This morning around 11, a long freight train passed through. Then, while at my daughter’s dance class, we heard the train pass another two times.

Jump ahead to this afternoon and we see a long line of filled hoppers sitting unattached to engines. Then, two engines pull in from the east (#300 attached to an MP15) and sit there for a few moments. A few workers appeared to get off and onto the tracks to work on something (we couldn’t see through the thick brush). After a few more minutes, the engines began moving east again.

We then went shopping in Stop & Shop and when we came out, the two engines were in the process of coupling to the hoppers.

Anyone have any idea what’s happening? Derailment? Training exercises?
  by Backshophoss
 
NY&A at work,they are the freight contractor on LIRR.
Might have better luck on the New York and Atlantic Thread.
  by NYR2218
 
NYAR was doing PTC testing on the central branch. Saw them around 2:30 west of the staples street crossing.
  by Uncle Cheapo
 
PTC test freight train. It is a joint effort of LIRR & NYA.
They done one like this on the Pt. Jeff about 3 years back. There is a Yoo Toob video documenting it.
  by mjd13076
 
Interesting. Thanks for the info Uncle Cheapo!
  by Backshophoss
 
Were the gravel hoppers loaded or empty?
  by Jeff Smith
 
Loaded.
  by MACTRAXX
 
Makes me think that this is a ballast train being used here.
  by Jeff Smith
 
If you’re on Instagram or Facebook, River Rail photo has some shots of this test train.