Abandoned Track

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Abandoned Track

Postby vin5581 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:30 pm

I was Bicycling today along central ave in Bethpage and came across a track in the woods just west of the Bethpage PKWY where the the mainline crosses over. Who did this track serve? This track has been cut off from the main line.
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby emfinite » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:34 pm

That was the interlocked siding for General Motors, controlled by B. It was probably cut out in the late 80's when Beth went remote from Divide and they electrified the mainline.
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby vin5581 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:04 am

Very Interesting. I don't know how far the track goes but I was able to follow it by Bike for at least 500' before it dissappeared into the trees and brush.
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby jayrmli » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:28 am

Last I checked, it was an office for Sleepy's mattress now. The track went back to there, as that used to be General Motors.

It was one of those rare freight sidings that was interlocked and protected by a low home signal. Crews needed to use the signals and switch off the Central Branch I believe to service them. My guess is it was removed during the Ronkonkoma electrification project.
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby Sir Ray » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:47 pm

Historic Aerials from 1966 (pretty decent image)
Looks like a single siding which went into the building along it's North Side - interesting how the siding curved back on itself, in a broad U-shape.
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby Teutobergerwald » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:28 pm

Maybe someone desiring rail freight access with bite on the property.......
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby emfinite » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:39 pm

Jay, the old-timers at work said they left their cut on the Central Branch clear of the main while they serviced GM, like you said.

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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby Teutobergerwald » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:10 pm

Anyone notice the PRR-style signal's lower head is different in the 1972 & 1975 pictures??? Anyone know why they were changed? What did the lower head control ? Thanks.
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby freightguy » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:30 pm

Maybe the track rules in the area changed. The second one would be able to display a medium clear to diverge onto the Central branch?
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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby emfinite » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:04 pm

It was always a Clear aspect crossing onto the Central from Mainline 2 since the switch is MAS. You wouldn't get a medium clear. Could have been that the piece of sheet metal broke off and they replaced it only with the diagonal piece so it could still display a Restricting. Figure it could display Stop, Stop and Proceed, Clear, Approach and Restricting during that era of block and interlocking rules. It was D251 back then so the next automatic signal east of there would have been on ML2 right before Clinton St. crossing.

Here's another view, west, from March 18, 1979. The siding is barely visible on the left side:

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Re: Abandoned Track

Postby Teutobergerwald » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:43 pm

Since the NYA forum has been stagnant of late, I went back and looked over earlier topics, like this one. It is awesome when questions asked are answered by those "in the know," and with pictures.
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