I was out riding my motorcycle today and wandered up this area to check out the work done.
Excuse me if I get some of the street names wrong, im not too familar with the names....
I started at Person Road, and the tracks were clear in both directions. The rails looked like something moved over them probably within the last 6 months or so. Not fresh, but not unused for years either. IIRC, there were cars stored on both sides of this Xing a few years back, correct?
Then made my way back to Valley Station Road. There was still pavement over the one set of rails, but you can tell the hirailer went across over the pavement. The east side of it the ROW looks very clear, seemingly all the way to the property lines, they cut back ALOT. And a lot looked like fresh cuts too. There was a derail just west of this Xing and a DCS sign it looked like - "DS" maybe? (I don't remember totally, i didnt' stop and look around, just slowed down) This was about the end of the car storage line, right?
Then I went east on Asbury West Portal Road, and you could easily see where the ROW was, as there was brush cleared and some trees removed. I never noticed the ROW this clearly before from that distance. Im assuming the private Xing closest to the bridge was the one that the farmer doesn't like people going back there? It looked like to the west of the Xing, many trees were cut down and the ROW REALLY cleared. However, I couldn't tell from that distance if they were trees on his property or on the ROW, but it opened up the view to the ROW.
The bridge over the road, there were blocks on either side of it, i couldn't tell if there was any thing on the intact track, as a large truck and I were converging on the underpass at the same time.....!!!!
Then went to Ludlow station road, and there is a derail on the east side of the Xing, but the entire west side is totally cleared - so cleared that from the Xing you can see the switch that is down there, i guess by where the freight house was? as well as the curve down the tracks. the last time I was there, it was a jungle, and it was even impassable at a few spots. It was a chore to make it to that switch
Now that its cleared, it looks like ATV'ers and Dirtbikers are doing their part to keep the path alongside the tracks clear
Like i said above, i might have mixed up a few locations, but thats how I remember it. But Im not too familar with the area, so I was kinda paying more attention to what I was doing and where I was going while riding