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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby bigblue5277 » Sun May 19, 2013 9:01 am

SA33 departing west out of Browns Yard for the Dayton Branch.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 60&nseq=44
Lately, the daily weekday train has been idling at the west end of the yard between 5:30 and 6:00 pm and departing around 6:00 pm giver or take 15 min. I noticed surveillance cameras on some of the old catenary poles, which can be seen in the picture. I believe they are a recent addition to the yard.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby TAMR213 » Sun May 19, 2013 2:30 pm

bigblue5277 wrote:SA33 departing west out of Browns Yard for the Dayton Branch.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 60&nseq=44
Lately, the daily weekday train has been idling at the west end of the yard between 5:30 and 6:00 pm and departing around 6:00 pm giver or take 15 min. I noticed surveillance cameras on some of the old catenary poles, which can be seen in the picture. I believe they are a recent addition to the yard.


Interesting photo, so I guess SA-33 is the train I hear passing through Spotswood and Helmetta each evening. The past few weeks, I've also heard a train (again in Spotswood/Helmetta) more days then not, around 2:00 pm each day. Any idea what train this is?
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby bigblue5277 » Sun May 19, 2013 3:30 pm

TAMR213 wrote: Interesting photo, so I guess SA-33 is the train I hear passing through Spotswood and Helmetta each evening. The past few weeks, I've also heard a train (again in Spotswood/Helmetta) more days then not, around 2:00 pm each day. Any idea what train this is?


Yep. And that train around 2pm is SA31. M-W and F it heads to Freehold and Tuesday it heads to Hightstown. On Th however SA31 goes down the NJCL to the Southern Sec.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby TAMR213 » Sun May 19, 2013 5:52 pm

bigblue5277 wrote:
TAMR213 wrote: Interesting photo, so I guess SA-33 is the train I hear passing through Spotswood and Helmetta each evening. The past few weeks, I've also heard a train (again in Spotswood/Helmetta) more days then not, around 2:00 pm each day. Any idea what train this is?


Yep. And that train around 2pm is SA31. M-W and F it heads to Freehold and Tuesday it heads to Hightstown. On Th however SA31 goes down the NJCL to the Southern Sec.


Gotcha, thanks! Even though my Grandmother lives in Spotswood and I'm in the area quite often, its been awhile since I've had the opportunity to actually railfan anything coming out of Browns, so I've become unfamiliar with the current operations.

I was aware that the SA-31 went down the Southern once a week, but wasn't sure what days the Freehold and Hightstown (Cranbury really) were served. Any idea how many customers are left down to Cranbury? I can't imagine it being too many. Also, I assume the SA-33 is a 5 day a week job? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby bigblue5277 » Mon May 20, 2013 5:58 am

TAMR213 wrote:Gotcha, thanks! Even though my Grandmother lives in Spotswood and I'm in the area quite often, its been awhile since I've had the opportunity to actually railfan anything coming out of Browns, so I've become unfamiliar with the current operations.

I was aware that the SA-31 went down the Southern once a week, but wasn't sure what days the Freehold and Hightstown (Cranbury really) were served. Any idea how many customers are left down to Cranbury? I can't imagine it being too many. Also, I assume the SA-33 is a 5 day a week job? Thanks in advance.


SA-33 is 5 days a week.

There is also SA-3, the steel mill train, which runs up the Gillespie Branch and to the Sayreville Running track. It typically leaves the yard around 6pm. I caught it at 7pm last Thursday. Also caught it around 6pm on a Friday but in this case it was returning to the yard.

Then there is SA-2 which operates the Sayreville Running track west of South River. I know it has been depositing and picking up covered hoppers at Mauser during the day on Thursdays.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby ChrisU » Mon May 20, 2013 6:39 am

bigblue5277 wrote:
TAMR213 wrote:Gotcha, thanks! Even though my Grandmother lives in Spotswood and I'm in the area quite often, its been awhile since I've had the opportunity to actually railfan anything coming out of Browns, so I've become unfamiliar with the current operations.

I was aware that the SA-31 went down the Southern once a week, but wasn't sure what days the Freehold and Hightstown (Cranbury really) were served. Any idea how many customers are left down to Cranbury? I can't imagine it being too many. Also, I assume the SA-33 is a 5 day a week job? Thanks in advance.


SA-33 is 5 days a week.

There is also SA-3, the steel mill train, which runs up the Gillespie Branch and to the Sayreville Running track. It typically leaves the yard around 6pm. I caught it at 7pm last Thursday. Also caught it around 6pm on a Friday but in this case it was returning to the yard.

Then there is SA-2 which operates the Sayreville Running track west of South River. I know it has been depositing and picking up covered hoppers at Mauser during the day on Thursdays.

Looks like Thursdays are quite busy at Browns.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby bigblue5277 » Thu May 30, 2013 5:34 pm

I have been photographing the operations in and out of Browns for a couple years now, and finally I got to meet one of the crew. He gave me a little bit of a hard time at first, and justifiably so as I might have technically been trespassing, but he soon warmed to me and arranged this shot for me.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby TAMR213 » Thu May 30, 2013 10:43 pm

bigblue5277 wrote:I have been photographing the operations in and out of Browns for a couple years now, and finally I got to meet one of the crew. He gave me a little bit of a hard time at first, and justifiably so as I might have technically been trespassing, but he soon warmed to me and arranged this shot for me.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 05&nseq=12


If you were standing where I think you might have been, I would say you were trespassing.

Anyway, something in your photo that I found interesting, I have never seen (what look to be) extra knuckles stored on the pilot like that.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby bigblue5277 » Fri May 31, 2013 6:40 pm

TAMR213 wrote:If you were standing where I think you might have been, I would say you were trespassing.


I was standing where you think I was, but got permission to do so.
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby TAMR213 » Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 pm

bigblue5277 wrote:
TAMR213 wrote:If you were standing where I think you might have been, I would say you were trespassing.


I was standing where you think I was, but got permission to do so.

Wasn't saying anything against you, sorry if it was taken any other way.

In addition, if thats the case, well then its not trespassing! :P
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby RailsEast » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:39 pm

Something I have never seen in Browns before; an CSX SD50, of C&O heritage!

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3765254

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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby bigblue5277 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:59 pm

RailsEast wrote:Something I have never seen in Browns before; an CSX SD50, of C&O heritage!
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3765254
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A week later and that CSX SD50 is still hanging around in Browns Yard.
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3772450
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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby RailsEast » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:42 pm

Thanks for the report, Jason; this confirms my suspicions. For the last decade or more, the Browns Yard six-axle power for the steel plant has been exclusively SD40-2s, with an occasional former '45-2; to see an SD50-2 for the week tells me that CSX has demoted/reassigned former road power to local work such as this. Some SD40-2s are approaching 50 years of age, shoot 'em while you can folks.......

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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby Earle Baldwin » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:55 pm

Hi, Chris.

SD50s are indeed showing up in yard service. I've seen them assigned to Bayway - the 8522 spent quite a long time there at one point - and I've also seen them working bulk terminal at E'port.

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Re: Browns Yard/Coast Line freight

Postby BigDell » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:55 am

and I've also seen them working bulk terminal at E'port.



Chris... I've been wanting to catch them. E'port would be great, what's the best location to scout? Where do you go down there? Not sure what has the best public access anymore...
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