Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

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Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby carajul » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:05 pm

Trees at Rt 27 xing growing thru rails 20' tall.
Veronica Rd xing paved over - crossbucks removed.
Clyde Rd crossbucks removed.
Crossing flashers on Rt 91 (Jersey Ave) covered in garbage bags (odd because there are still a bunch of customers just past the xing and the track is in good shape).

Think NS is going to abandon the line past Rt 27? No turn of the wheel since 2002.
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby ccutler » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:58 pm

Well I haven't been there in a while but there have been a few detection problems with the winter weather causing crossing lights to go off when no train is present. I doubt they would lose all the customers past route 91.
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby NYSW2300 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:50 pm

There are still 4 active customers between Jersey Ave and Rt 27. The crossing lights at Jersey Ave have not been placed in service yet, but are new additions.
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby carajul » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:01 pm

Can anyone figure why the line was never abandoned west of Rt 27? The ONLY potential customer is Herman Warehouse just past Clyde Rd. From 1972-2001 the line was dormant, then active from 2001-2004, now dormant 2004-present. They have kept that line in for 45 years for 3 years of an active service. Not like a class I these days. Considering the value of land in Franklin Twp I can't imagine why they haven't sold the row.

After pax service to E Millstone ended in 1929 until 1972 the line past Clyde Rd only saw the turn of a wheel once every few weeks with a delivery to the rubber factory in E MIllstone.
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby Eric S Strohmeyer » Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:57 pm

Hmm,,,,,,, I'm surprised this was missed ..... For those with an interest....

Consolidated Rail Corporation - Discontinuance of Service - In Middlesex County, NJ STB Docket# AB 167 (sub no.# 1192)X

https://www.stb.gov/Filings/all.nsf/d6e ... 233941.PDF
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby carajul » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:24 pm

So what exactly is a 'discontinuance of service' notice mean? Does that mean that the line will be abandoned?
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:55 pm

carajul wrote:So what exactly is a 'discontinuance of service' notice mean? Does that mean that the line will be abandoned?


As I understand it, Discontinuance means the railroad is not disposing of the property and it is only terminating its common carrier obligation to serve. Abandonment means the railroad can dispose of the property.
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Re: Is Millstone Branch up for abandonment?

Postby carajul » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:34 pm

So can they re-activate in the future if needed?

Im assuming that because of the 'deactivation' that's why the state can pave over the grade xings and take down the crossbucks? Almost $12,000 in fees to the STB just to file deactivation paperwork? They could have put in new crossbucks and repaired the track.
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