railfan365 wrote:As a travelling auditor, I've been visiting a company in Maspeth. I've noticed in the neighborhood: A tired looking trestle going over Grand Avenue at Rust Street, rail sidings to two buildings on the north side of Grand Avenue near 49th Street, and grade crossings over Maspeth Avenue at Rust, with a total of about 6 tracks with a cut of old GTAX hopper cars to the north and a cut of center beam flats being loaded with plywood to the south. Is this part of the Bushwick Branch?
That tired looking trestle is actually fairly new. It was replaced within the last 10 years or so. It's one of the new designs where it's not painted and allowed to rust.
The surface rust provides "protection". At the Maspeth Ave. grade crossing, to the north you are looking at Sky/Superior where they unload aggregate stone. The NY&A receives this stone in GATX hoppers from quarries in Connecticut via the P & W. South: The CB flats are being unloaded
there. Several lumberyards receive plywood and other lumber and it is stored in a fenced area just south of the cars for truck pick-up.
Crabman is correct. The trackage in this area is the Lower Montauk. The Bushwick branch runs from Fresh Pond paralleling the Lower Montauk and splits out crossing Flushing Ave at 56 th street and threading its way into Bushwick to the trash transfer station (green container flats)station near the end of the branch.
I used to work in the area. There are a lot of interesting spurs still left and a few have come back. There are more spurs than you mentioned in the general area but you can't see them for some of the buildings. There used to be a lot more industry here. But even now the Maspeth/Bushwick area provides the NY&A with a number of carloads in and out.