pumpers wrote: ↑Sun Dec 04, 2022 11:44 pm
Sir Ray wrote: ↑Thu Dec 01, 2022 6:16 pm
... but I do recall Gallo across the street used to have a decent number of 60ft Insulated boxcars on their siding (can't tell if they still do from Google Satellite)...
Looking in Streetview mode on Google Maps, with a date of Oct 2022, the rails at the Division St. crossing look shiny (but not at Fairmont Ave.) Looking behind the Gallo building (on the north corner of Division and from Division St) from Streetview I don't see any cars, but from the current Google maps satellite image (which says copyright 2022 at the bottom of the screen, FWIW), I do see an orange boxcar at the northwest end of the Gallo building. And at the building NW of Gallo, the one with solar panels on the room, it also looks like 2 orange boxcars on the west side (is that also Gallo??) So it seems that the branch is still hanging on, but I am not 100% sure when the satellite picture was actually taken.
Upon reading this post, I returned to Google maps, but this time instead of bemoaning the fact that the 3D view icon was not visible in satellite (I have noticed this occurring more and more over the past few months), I instead went to street view on Division, and pulled back and - Hey, now there's Satellite 3D view - Thanks for finally waking up Google (insert po'd emoji here). Everything was nice and clear, and would have been rather useful when I posted this last week. the two boxcars on the West side of the unmarked building (turns out it is Gallo wine, there is a small sign on the North side). You can note the (still existing but overgrown siding at Van Brunt, where I saw the scrap gondola loaded). Now, the track than crosses Fairmount heading north does indeed peter out in the weeds after a dozen or so metres, but it used to go to the Tank Farm by the airport (at least according to the 1982 Topo - oddly, that topo shows serval spurs that head west in the blocks between Woodruff and North (I can see that), but oddly did not show what this view shows was a ROW curving East
. Well, whatever.
Anyway, that Wakefern building on Division has what looks like 9 dock doors along its (decent looking) siding (possible only 2 are used since they have the better dock door weather seals.). Sadly, no indication of recent rail usage.
OK, I spent too much time there in the 1990s, and too much time on this post, but I leave it with 1 question. Here is (or was) the Conrail Elizabeth office
- clearly Former CNJ (the 3D view you can see the old freight docks on its back (East) side. I swear that in the 1990s the building had large "Chrome" lettering on its front, possibly saying CONRAIL, maybe something else, but it stood out to me. Steetview only goes back to 2012 for the area, so does anyone else remember those letters?