Fan Railer wrote:Easter day railfanning at Westfield Station on the RVL; seems like they still have a PL42AC floating around incase the 45s are shopped or something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kM02i1ZHBs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
If you look closely you can see the first piece of a string of three welded replacement rail that have been there for several weeks on the Westbound track. The new (or old? I don't know which) rails start just East of the Westfield Station and continue West toward Fanwood. I have been thinking about asking if anyone knew what was going on there, setting up for replacement, or already done and waiting to be picked up.
Replying to myself... it's very quiet here.
So those three lengths of rail spent the summer, fall and winter right where they dropped them. Last week, on Tuesday, ST. Patrick's Day, I saw a work train headed West from Fanwood with a partially filled welded rail transport consist. On Thursday I saw what they were about, it seems the original three lengths have been joined by another 11 or so, running from just East of Cranford, through Garwood and Westfield, ending just East of Fanwood on the outbound side. They have also dropped one side worth of new plates on the ties around the Westfield station.
Oddly enough, it looks like the new rail has a taller profile than the installed rail, but I have only seen it from inside a coach on my way inbound, so it could be the angles playing tricks on me.