Our state is not perfect, but they were very pro-active in awarding grant money to the Clayton Companies for rail work from Lakehurst to Woodmansie, and also to Conrail for rehab of three wooden trestles from Lakewood to Lakehurst. Nearly all work has been completed, and (hopefully) monies have been paid. Unfortunately, the current administration in Washington has been dragging their feet for their share of Federal funding for the Gateway Project. This project will have to happen, given the condition of the current tunnels, now nearly 110 years old. But, unfortunately, no sand for now.
There shouldn't be more than 6 to 8 weeks worth of work to get trains rolling on the Southern to Woodmansie (once Clayton gets the loading spur or loop built). After that, a tie replacement project (one every three or four I would guess) would be needed. IIRC, the last major tie replacement project on the Southern was done in 1988 or 1989. To the best of my knowledge, a new wooden tie on a low density line is good for 35 - 38 years at best.
Just my .02 worth....
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