JimBoylan wrote:Speaking of lousy track, there is an old NYC tunnel under St. Mary's Park in the Bronx, a route that avoids going all the way up to New Rochelle to get to the NorthEast Corridor. It used to have 3rd rail.
If you're talking about the Port Morris connection, it's disconnected now from the Harlem, with a platform extension from Melrose? blocking the path. AFAIK it was never used in revenue service, and has quite tight clearances/curvature. I doubt an Amfleet would make it.
It would also require crossing all four tracks of the Harlem line above the MO wye; not something MNRR would really want.
To add to that, the other end by the NEC goes through Oak Point yard in the wrong direction, and would still require a change of ends/tow-in to NYP.
I'm sure folks have mentioned the Oak Point link, which is what obviated the need for the Port Morris. However, that's "dark" territory, would also require cooperation from CSX (which I don't think would be too big a hurdle, given that it was built FOR them to get them out of MO), and would require the same change of ends.
You are saving quite a few miles, and it's not impossible (well, Port Morris IS impossible), but the path of least resistance is NRO, which as ThirdRail points out, has only really been discussed here, with no mention of it elsewhere.