Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, nomis, FL9AC, Jeff Smith

  by njtmnrrbuff
The Danbury Branch is not going to be get its catenary back. It would be nice but at this point, it's not a priority. MNR and CDOT will be getting dual modes that will be able to accelerate better than the Genesis locomotives. The BL20s are probably not going anywhere anytime soon. They are well suited for MNR branchline operations and that includes the Danbury Branch. I never heard anything about extending the catenary to Merritt 7. If that were to happen, that would be like the LIRR installing third rail on the Oyster Bay Branch as far as East Williston. I do think the Dock Yard improvements will be a great idea for those main line trains only running between GCT-SONO. There is absolutely no way all Danbury Branch trains will be through trains to GCT. It's not feasible from a business perspective.
  by Backshophoss
Dock Yard is part of the Walk replacement project,and needed. What would stop the pols asking for wire to Danbury,is the final scrapping of the old rusted poles along
the branch from the(CP 401) Dock yard switches onward.
  by Jeff Smith
Which is happening during bus-titution; all the old poles and fiber hanging from them is coming down.
  by Jeff Smith
Friday, May 15 - Monday, May 25, 2020

Railroad Activity

Catenary work on the Danbury Branch between Marshall Street and Jennings Place

Saturday, May 16 and Monday, May 18 - Friday, May 22 from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Thursday, May 21 - Saturday, May 23 from 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM.
No impacts to local roads, rail service or pedestrian traffic are anticipated.
Noise and construction lighting are anticipated.
Gee, I hope it's okay I post this here and that it's newsworthy enough. /sarcasm /youknowwho
  by DutchRailnut
so both streets are within dock yard ? so point is .....
  by Jeff Smith
The point is, it's a status update as to work. And it's my site, and you're not a moderator. You can always scroll past and keep your yap shut.
  by hcobin
News Release: CTDOT may move WALK Bridge construction to Manresa Island, site of decommissioned power plant. Plan to date was to build it on a barge on the Norwalk River, south of the existing bridge:
Posted on May 27 , 2020
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is hosting an online public information meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to discuss the potential use of a portion of Manresa Island in Norwalk as part of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project.

The online presentation begins at 6:30 PM. This meeting is being held to afford an opportunity for public participation and open discussion of views and comments the community may have regarding the proposed use of Manresa Island as a construction staging area for the upcoming Walk Bridge Replacement Project.

Residents who are interested in taking part in the online meeting can register at www.walkbridgeCT.com or tune in on the date of the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be recorded and posted on the Program's website and the Walk Bridge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/walkbridgect on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

While materials are available online, project information can be sent directly by mail in advance of the meeting by contacting the Public Information Office at 833-462-9255 (GO2-WALK). If you prefer to use your telephone to join the webinar, please call in using the following numbers: United States: +1 (562) 247-8321, Access Code: 806-532-772 and Audio Pin: #.

If language assistance or sign interpretation is needed, please contact the Program's Public Information Office at 833-462-9255 (GO2-WALK) or via email [email protected] at least five (5) business days before the meeting. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests.

The Walk Bridge Program consists of several inter-related rail and infrastructure construction projects in Norwalk, CT. The centerpiece of the Program is the replacement of the 124-year-old Norwalk River Railroad (Walk) Bridge.

A 240’ vertical lift bridge was selected to replace the current four-track swing bridge. This option was advanced out of more than 70 alternatives due to having the smallest environmental footprint, the shortest overall construction schedule, the shortest period of navigation and rail restrictions and the lowest cost of all other movable alternatives.

Other projects in the Walk Bridge Program include the Danbury Branch Dockyard Project in South Norwalk and the CP243 Interlocking Project on the mainline between East Norwalk and Westport. The superstructure replacement of the Osborne Avenue Bridge, the East Avenue Bridge Replacement and Roadway Improvement Project, and the Fort Point Street Bridge Replacement and Roadway Realignment are also included in the Program. Learn more at www.walkbridgect.com.