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

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  by Jeff Smith
 
Post your pictures and video's here. I'll start off with one from "101MTA" on YouTube of the first Meadowlands Revenue train of the year:

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  by Kurt
 
Approaching Wassaic, NY
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  by Kurt
 
Southbound led by BL-20GH #130 at Bethel, CT
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  by Jeff Smith
 
Very nice, thanks! I saw this in the "Unofficial" group as well, thanks for sharing it here.

That almost looks like an NEC style catenary structure in the background. Obviously catenary is long gone; is that a remnant? Looks too new for that.
  by Kurt
 
Most of the catenary support remains from the catenary itself was removed in the 1960s from what I have been told. It looked like the supports were being used to support other wires..
  by DutchRailnut
 
Most of catenary poles are still standing (barely) the poles are in good condition but foundations are crumbling, plus all support rods are gone.
Each pole had 2 or 3 rods 1 1/2 inch thick to support the poles all were removed during removal.
the sleeve you see hanging from poles is 1 1/2 inch tube with a 3/4 fiber optic cable from a telephone company. the signal system for branch is in ground at about 5 to 6 foot deep.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Thanks. Very different than the catenary support on the main line; that's what caught my eye. I figured most of what was on the Danbury that's still standing would be either similar to the main line, or at least not a cross-track type of support, but rather just a single wire type support. This looks like it could accommodate two tracks as well.
  by DutchRailnut
 
cause there use to be two tracks, as can be seen in Bill Madden picture.
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  by Jeff Smith
 
Thanks Jaap. That's an awesome picture. Love the RDC. That must have been in the 80's then? I note the low level platform. I don't have any idea when the branch got high-level. I imagine that must have been in the mid to late 90's (maybe about the same time as Wassaic extension?
  by DutchRailnut
 
branch got high platforms in early 90's, but Bethel was later due to new station construction, reading has second high platform, first one was demolished at old station cause it did not fit in with ambiance of town.
, wassaic extension was in mid to late 90's
  by Bill D
 
Some pictures taken Saturday during the snowstorm:

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At South Norwalk.

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At Danbury - The 110 began experiencing technical difficulties during this run and was swapped for another set at South Norwalk.

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At 125th Street.

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At 125th Street
  by Kurt
 
Jan. 25, 2016 at Chelsea, NY. Other than the snow on the front, there is no sign of the storm here
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  by Jeff Smith
 
Nice shots, thanks!