TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:59 pm

There was one empty lumber centerbeam car waiting at the Harrison interchange point for CSX pickup. I think its been there a few days.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby BigDell » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:25 pm

Went to the Red Bulls game Saturday night. The cars were there. First time I really stopped to "check out the area". Had no idea there was so much in Harrison itself, including active crossings. From the stadium I saw the trackage around what I think is the PSE&G plant(??) back behind Cape May St along the river. I could see a small plant switcher (looked like a glorified golf cart on rails) parked out near the Y. I'm a Red Bulls season ticket holder, might get there earlier next time and take some better photos. What a rush - mixing my two passions on one afternoon....

BTW - Harrison has REALLY improved since the old days when it was no-man's land around that PATH station...
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:54 pm

BigDell, sad to say, I think those tracks behind Cape May St have been disconnected from national freight rail network by PATH. Those tracks [for other readers, I'm sure you know] aren't part of the M&E operation.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:32 pm

That remnant of the Harrison Gas Plant is a peak shaving facility that utilizes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that is mixed with air (to form LPA) to supplement the natural gas supply during very rare extremely cold hours when gas sendout to meet demand is extraordinarily high. The mix with air is done to bring the approximately 2,000 BTU per cubic foot level of LPG close to that of the 1,020 BTUs of natural gas so it burns properly in customer facilities. It is not unusual for the plant to not be used at all during a typical winter. I believe that PSEG Power, LLC, the fuel provision affiliate (PSE&G for years has been a delivery company only) determined that it was less costly to truck LPG than to maintain the track and utilize rail transportation given the limited need for deliveries.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:18 pm

Thanks Ken, I always wondered about the purpose of that facility. The track layout does its best to minimize switching efficiency.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:22 pm

A few photos from Morristown...I hope that refrigerator car is for a new customer...
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:25 pm

Well, I totally posted the wrong stuff! Here are the pics
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:27 pm

Also, saw two loaded centerbeams at the CSX interchange today
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby rr503 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:20 pm

Who is that covered hopper for
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 915&nseq=0
I thought CSX interchange was all tanks and centerbeams.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:50 pm

Its hard to tell from that photo, but it appears to be a rusty version of your standard plastic pellets cars...a mainstay of the Rockaway branch.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby rr503 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:16 pm

Someone must be taking advantage of the new plate C clearances!
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Mon May 02, 2016 5:05 pm

While traveling on NJ Transit I saw 5 freight cars waiting at the CSX interchange in Harrison: one box car, one tank car, one covered hopper, and two empty lumber centerbeam cars.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby rr503 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:19 pm

Has the new transload got its first cars yet?
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby ccutler » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:28 am

I just passed the CSX interchange track and saw three empties ready for CSX pickup. One boxcar one centerbeam and one bulkhead flat.
I haven't been out this way in a while.
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Re: TRAINSPOTTING ON THE MORRISTOWN & ERIE, 2016

Postby HBTM M-39 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:05 am

Can anyone provide an operating schedule for the various segments of the M&E?

I'll be in the Morristown and Rockaway areas on Friday and would like to do a little photography. Any info at all would be appreciated.

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