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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby RailsEast » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:14 pm

When a ship is in port, morning trains arrive at Portside in the pre-dawn hours (typically 0500-0600). Departure is usually in the late afternoon (anywhere from 1500-1800); I heard the westbound blowing for the Kings Highway East crossing today at about 1600 hours (4:00pm). Rails (Track 1, I believe) have been cleared for the past few days, don't know if it was a regular train or a snow clearing move. Security rolls with each movement, to each grade crossing, so be forewarned as to photographing anything on the line.....

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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby bigblue5277 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:42 pm

RailsEast wrote:When a ship is in port, morning trains arrive at Portside in the pre-dawn hours (typically 0500-0600). Departure is usually in the late afternoon (anywhere from 1500-1800); I heard the westbound blowing for the Kings Highway East crossing today at about 1600 hours (4:00pm). Rails (Track 1, I believe) have been cleared for the past few days, don't know if it was a regular train or a snow clearing move. Security rolls with each movement, to each grade crossing, so be forewarned as to photographing anything on the line.....

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So what does this mean, Is it unlawful to take photographs of a military base from a public grade crossing? I suppose an MP could confiscate one's camera if he believes classified information is being captured.
One can always call the Naval base and ask if photographing the train from a public location is permissible.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby RailsEast » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:51 pm

Jason, I asked a question a few years ago about this.....

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=36828&start=195

If you are out of sight of a Master-at-Arms, I guess you could shoot what you wanted, but I would be careful if/where you posted it. From personal experience, I know that going through the security checkpoint in Colts Neck and Leonardo is no picnic, and I would assume, with a great amount of certainty, that a field encounter with Navy personnel would prove most uncomfortable.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby NJT4149 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:31 pm

Thanks guys! If I did see a train, and if I managed to film it from the bus window, I would definitely keep the video to myself. The only way I can tell if a train ran on a particular day is if the rails are shiny... I have seen periods of 3+ weeks when the rails were completely rusted over, but this week was the first time in a while I have seen shiny rails on consecutive days.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby GSC » Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:22 am

It's been a long time since I saw an Earle train, but I was going to Brookdale a few nights ago and had to stop at the Swimming River Road crossing for a train - two locos and three cars (I didn't catch road numbers, sorry). I was impressed by the escort of police and security vehicles.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby bigblue5277 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:24 pm

RailsEast wrote:Jason, I asked a question a few years ago about this.....

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=36828&start=195

If you are out of sight of a Master-at-Arms, I guess you could shoot what you wanted, but I would be careful if/where you posted it. From personal experience, I know that going through the security checkpoint in Colts Neck and Leonardo is no picnic, and I would assume, with a great amount of certainty, that a field encounter with Navy personnel would prove most uncomfortable.


Thanks for posting the link. Nothing I like more than reading federal statutes.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby NJT4149 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:59 pm

If it matters, there are new ties scattered all over the track 1 side of Swimming River Road.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby NJRAILNUT » Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:38 am

I saw a blurb on the bottom of the nj morning news today that stated a railroad employee has been killed in a "train accident" at the base. My condolences to anyone effected by this tragedy.

No other details were provided and I cannot seem to find any information online about this.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby RailsEast » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:59 am

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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby CLamb » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:30 pm

Just came across this job posting for a rail car repair assistant at Earle. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408635200
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby ChrisU » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:37 pm

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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby GooStats » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:26 am

I saw the other day that one of the tracks got ripped up and no longer goes across Swimming River Road. When did that happen?
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby OportRailfan » Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:03 am

Theyre re-doing the grade crossing there. The road's been shut down for a while.
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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby RailsEast » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:13 pm

The new grade crossing was installed the last week of August, and Track 2 (I believe it's track 2) was severed on either side of the crossing. I would guess that this is the first time that the Navy RR has been single-tracked at any point, but there are numerous crossovers along the line should there ever be a need for multiple movements at some point in the future (i.e, war time, god forbid).
After driving over their crossings for the past 35 years, it does look very strange.......

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Re: US Navy Earle Railroad

Postby ChrisU » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:36 am

The train's been running since last week. Last week it had a Genset-SW1200 combo, this week it has the two VOs for power, came off the pier around 4pm yesterday.
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