West side of Newark Branch

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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby MaRoFu » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:07 pm

This thread is supposed to be for the Newark Branch. Why are we discussing a spur that's associated with the NY&GL? It should be taken to the correct thread.
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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby JohnFPorcaro » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:43 pm

Does Van Ness still get deliveries?
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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby waldwickrailfan » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:38 am

JohnFPorcaro wrote:Does Van Ness still get deliveries?


I believe so
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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby blocksignal » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:36 pm

Hi all I have heard horns blow in the location of the Newark Branch from time to time during the daytime since August. The times have been anywhere from 5 minutes to 1PM to 5 minutes to 2 PM. Would that be the local that serves Van Ness Plastics? If so I thought they switched over there at night typically. Also what days of the week do they take care of that customer now-a-days?

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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby Joseph DeLuisi » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:11 am

Just a question if I may, why did everyone get interested in the Newark Industrial fairly recently? I was rail fanning the branch in the Conrail years when I was in high school, so the early to mid '80s when just in the city of Newark alone there were four active shippers, Q-Pak on McCarter Hwy near the Belleville line, and still there. Schiffenhaus, now known as West Rock, Frey Industries on Riverside Ave in that little industrial park near Chester Ave and last but not least WAS Terminal. Just wondering.
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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby Sir Ray » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:18 pm

Joseph DeLuisi wrote:Just a question if I may, why did everyone get interested in the Newark Industrial fairly recently? .

Well, 1st this thread has been going on and off since 2006, so that's not really that recent a beginning.
Second I was occasionally checking out the Newark area rail scene in the 1990s, including the area near what is now labeled "Passaic River Terminal" on Google Maps, but I guess was Washington Terminal back in the day before the short-lived Innovation Fuels. Even then rail activity was kind of limited in the area, although you could always find a tank car or two by the terminal, and a decent number of covered hoppers (hauling plastic pellet I suppose) for Spar-Tech plastics directly across the river on Passaic Ave in E. Newark - this area was interesting as the tail of the switchback to the plastic plant's sidings extended thru the adjacent Pathmark supermarket parking lot almost to the side of the store (the tracks were embedded in asphalt and the ROW outlined with yellow stripes IIRC). Rail service to the plastics plant was terminated IIRC when DB draw was taken out of commission, although the plant did purchase several old covered hoppers to serve as storage bins. Since then the Spar-Tech plant was demolished and was replaced by a townhouses development, the Pathmark was converted to a L.A. fitness center, and the girder bridge across Passaic Ave. was removed years ago (possibly before the start of this thread) to remove a low-height restriction. I was always a bit leery on entering the industrial park at the Northern Section of Passaic St., for some reason I thought there were cameras at the entrance and so it was a no-go zone (now reviewing using Google Maps, unavailable in the 1990s, I see I could have entered via Chester St. Oh well. Also, wasn't there a gentleman's club at the corner of Passiac St. and Oriental, not far from the entrance to the Freeway portion of McCarter Highway?).
So yeah, I was "railfanning" to an extent in the 1990s although usually I could only do so on Sundays, so really not a lot of rail freight action in the area. And now, there's much less... :(
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Re: West side of Newark Branch

Postby Joseph DeLuisi » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:09 am

The gentleman club is neither here nor there. But like I mentioned, just in the city of Newark alone there were four active shippers. Q-Pak, Schiffenhaus( now known as WestRock), Frey Industries on Riverside Ave, and WAS. Then in Belleville there was VanNess before they moved to Clifton, Union Camp in Clifton, and Hoffman LaRoche in Nutley was a big shipper on the Newark Branch. A Conrail job from Suffern, the SF 26 would handle the drill three days a week. The little industrial park at Riverside Ave & Chester Ave, where Frey used to receive tank cars, was a Pittsburgh Plate Glass plant and in its heyday employed hundreds of workers and numerous freight trains. That to me was a very active industrial track.
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