SecaucusJunction wrote:I believe that if NS thought it could save them any money, they'd wait for the NJT passenger traffic for as long as they needed. I'm not 100% familiar with everything on the east end of the line, but if BASF closes, it would probably not be profitable to keep up the secondary for a few customers, so NS might look for other options.
OK, let me educate you on the eastern end of the EL. There used to be 2 ways to get freight from Croxton to Dover....
1. the Greenwood lake/boonton line. This was severed with advent of the montclair connection,
2. Back out of croxton to HX, and then via the high line, bergen jct and the WE wye and up the M&E. The High line was obliterated with construction of the Secaucus jct. line.
So how else are you going to get cars to the Morristown and erie (customers on the Chester Br, the high bridge line, the dover and rockaway, and the orig Morristown and erie) , the Totowa spur, industries on the boonton, M&E and gladstone lines, as well as at least 3 customers between Hackettestown and stewartsville (not including BASF)
I don;t mind reasonable, insightful comments, but here, IMO, you have no idea what you are talking about...not that THAT ever stopped someone on any of these websites.
I wouldn't be surprised if the NS sells the washington line to the Morristown and Erie,and hands over all the NJT freight biz from the "Lackawanna side"
So who would take over the freight on the NJT "erie side" Susquehanna? (I'm starting a rumor here)