Article regarding the Chester Branch

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Re: Chester Branch

Postby cjvrr » Mon May 02, 2011 11:09 am

Ribbon cutting or Last spike driving ceremony will be held on May 11 at 12:30pm at Holland Manufacturing. An inspection train will be running that day for the guests.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby Jeff Smith » Wed May 25, 2011 8:05 pm

Glad I searched this forum for the Chester Branch, rather than start a new thread. Here's a new article:

http://trn.trains.com/en/Railroad%20New ... tated.aspx (Subscription may be required)

RANDOLPH, N.J. — Morristown & Erie can begin freight service on the Chester branch following $6 million in work on the 4-mile route, the New Jersey Star-Ledger has reported. The ex-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western branch, which Morris County now owns, benefited from a stimulus grant.


Holland Manufacturing appears to get much of the credit.

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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby cjvrr » Thu May 26, 2011 7:59 am

Jeff,

The topic has been an ongoing thread in the New Jersey forum for quite some time;

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=61446
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu May 26, 2011 9:50 am

Thanks for that update. Before I do so, I'll ask for input from the moderators of the respective forums and users as well where any merged thread should go, and if it should be merged at all. My first instinct is since it will be an M&E operation, it should go in this forum, not NJ Railfan.

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Re: Chester Branch

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu May 26, 2011 9:52 am

cjvrr pointed out in another thread in the M&E forum that this was the main thread for the discussion. Here is the M&E thread:

viewtopic.php?f=114&t=74506

I'd like to merge the threads. Before I do so, I'll ask for input from the moderators of the respective forums and users as well where any merged thread should go, and if it should be merged at all. My first instinct is since it will be an M&E operation, it should go in the M&E forum thread, not NJ Railfan.

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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby GOLDEN-ARM » Fri May 27, 2011 12:55 am

i'm the only m&e mod. the other guys bailed. this topic works better here, than in the nj forum. the topic linked 2 posts up, could be moved to this forum, or merged into this thread. either one is fine, but it's really a matter for the m&e, not the nj forum. ;)
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby Jeff Smith » Fri May 27, 2011 6:29 am

Merged into M&E topic.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:48 pm

What days is the Chester Branch served and around when?
Since my friend continues to chain smoke nonstop, she is probably an Alco.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby X4401 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:52 pm

Easily two or three days a week recently, usually between 10:00 and 13:00 in the am. I'm just going by casual observation, not any inside knowledge, most of the uptick in activity seems to be center beams going to Kuiken before their big lumber show a week or so back (which had for a display an Alco, two center beams, and that Houdini Conrail hack that appears and disappears from the pig tail at Dover yard). Other traffic is mainly Holland, getting hot cars, starch cars, and some box cars.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby blockline4180 » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:08 am

X4401 wrote:Easily two or three days a week recently, usually between 10:00 and 13:00 in the am. I'm just going by casual observation, not any inside knowledge, most of the uptick in activity seems to be center beams going to Kuiken before their big lumber show a week or so back (which had for a display an Alco, two center beams, and that Houdini Conrail hack that appears and disappears from the pig tail at Dover yard). Other traffic is mainly Holland, getting hot cars, starch cars, and some box cars.



There was also a box car at Kuikens earlier last week.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:01 pm

What days? I can think of Fridays.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby ns3010 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:35 pm

Forgot to mention last night that the Route 46 crossing had a sign saying that the crossing would be closed in the very near future (can't remember the exact date, but I know it was within a week or two) for replacement.

Also of note, the High Bridge Branch Route 10 crossing also had the same sign.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby cjvrr » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:29 am

Thanks for posting that Joe. Yes, this is the final piece of track that needs to be replaced on the Chester Branch. It is being done through a different funding source outside of the original Stimulus Funds and had been allocated long before Stimulus funding was dreamed up.

The Route 10 crossing on the HBB is being done in preparation of upgrades to Route 10 at the Commerce Blvd. intersection.
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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby blockline4180 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:36 am

cjvrr wrote:
The Route 10 crossing on the HBB is being done in preparation of upgrades to Route 10 at the Commerce Blvd. intersection.


Chris,

Any updates on potential HBB customers south of Rte 10?? Is Target industries now completley out of business?? Does Toys still want to receive high cubed cars if NS can ever raise the P'burg Branch on the WASS??

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Re: Article regarding the Chester Branch

Postby X4401 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:12 pm

I saw a crew today working on route ten where the HBB crosses it. They were using a large walk behind wet saw, had the fast lane blocked with a local PD car and four small traffic cones and a box truck. I'm not sure if this is related or not.
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