CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operations

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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby RailsEast » Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:54 pm

Ok, cool, using http://www.imgbb.com to store and share photos, and working nicely. So, the Union Ave. grade crossing was open to vehicular traffic on Saturday, 3/31, and things are looking good.
Looking north at Union Ave, Route 70 overpass in the distance...
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Looking south at Union Ave, more work to come...
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New bridge timbers on the Conrail rebuilt bridge over the Manapaqua Creek, presumably for extension of the passing siding; this is directly under the Rt. 70 overpass...
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And, yes, for you crazed TRIT fans, there has been accommodations made for possible future use...
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Looking north towards Union Ave, this is the south switch of the passing siding/interchange track...
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Looking north in Woodmansie, with the sand pit behind & to the right. The switch into the Clayton facility will probably be the last thing completed...
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Looking north, the Rt.539 crossing is complete & looking good; radio repeater antenna attached to signal cabinet...
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The rest of the NJSL line through Whiting and Pasadena looks good, although the last storm took down about 2 dozen trees across the tracks to be cleaned up.
It would be nice to see wheels rolling again in 2019 (thinking optimistically, of course)......

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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby liftedjeep » Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:15 pm

RailsEast wrote:Well, the rrpicturearchives uploader is down again, so this is a test run after my visit to Lakehurst. If this works, more photos to come......

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Nice! Thanks Chris!
Looks like a lot of brush has been cleared. Is the line still severed under the Rt 70 overpass?

And yes, the RRPA uploaded is down yet again
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby RailsEast » Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:53 pm

Yes, Ben, the NJSL portion is very clear & ready for trains from Lakehurst to Woodmansie, and the Southern Secondary is still severed under the bridge; will need trackbed work & new ties on both ends as the bridge rebuild actually raised the deck 3 or 4 inches. Also, the NJSL passing siding needs ties/tamping south of Union Avenue. The Clayton line hasn't looked this good in over 30 years...it's very encouraging.

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Postby liftedjeep » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:20 pm

Fantastic work Chris! Thank you for sharing.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby jrzwalker86 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:09 pm

Fabulous photos, thank you for sharing.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby glennk419 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:43 am

Thanks Chris. Does it look like they are replacing the crossing protection as well or just the crossings themselves? It's interesting that they're doing all three tracks.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby RailsEast » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:10 am

I saw no evidence of new crossing protection on my visit, but I will assume new gates & flashers as they did at Lacey Rd and Wranglebrook Rd in Whiting.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby David » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:03 am

Great pictures, Chris! Keep them coming. Thank you.
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Postby R&DB » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:19 pm

Ditto! Great pictures. A tour de force.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby OCtrainguy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:44 pm

Chris beat me to the punch with the photos from Manchester/Whiting at the Route 539 crossing. I was out that way on my way home from Strasburg and stopped for some photos. For me, since the crossing was removed, putting the Route 539 crossing back in meant things were really going to happen for this project. Now, as we've seen and documented, the project hasn't been a rushed one, but we still have positive movements.

Let's first go back to July 2014. The crossing was re-installed, but the tracks still disconnected.
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And now in March 2018, the track has been connected and the ROW cleared.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby CR7876 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:55 am

Been pretty quiet, what's going on?
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby jrzwalker86 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:24 pm

Today I have seen a significant amount of grass cut off of, and around the tracks on both sides of the Union Avenue crossing. This must have happened since the middle of last week when I had passed through there and Whiting, in which I had not seen anything new.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby Tanker1497 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:08 pm

Just heard on police scanner,that a tractor trailer did damage to something at cherry st. Whiting. They said damage railroad trestel. Didn't make any sense to me. I'm thinking he damaged the tracks.
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby glennk419 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:22 pm

Tanker1497 wrote:Just heard on police scanner,that a tractor trailer did damage to something at cherry st. Whiting. They said damage railroad trestel. Didn't make any sense to me. I'm thinking he damaged the tracks.


Maybe damage to the crossing signals?
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Re: CMSL Cape May (NJ) Seashore Lines Non-Passenger Operatio

Postby jrzwalker86 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:05 pm

Even more baffling, there are no railroad crossings or bridges on Cherry Street. There is one portion of that street between Diamond Rd. and Rt. 539 that curves very close to the tracks with some trees and brush in between. Perhaps a truck went off the road through the trees and then onto the tracks? That would be the most likely scenario in my mind.
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