The LNE at Pine Island, NY

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The LNE at Pine Island, NY

Postby walterconklin » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:47 pm

Hello,

Did the LNE once serve a mine at Pine Island NY? Why I raise this question is because a siding appears at the location A shown on the attached map.

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Re: The LNE at Pine Island, NY

Postby RussNelson » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:31 pm

Not only was there the siding you point to (http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/52865761), but the siding had two sidings: http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/52865765 (not on your map) and http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/52865764 (on your map). I don't know what industries they served.
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Re: The LNE at Pine Island, NY

Postby Paul Miller » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:42 pm

this map from the Albert Wisner Library in Warwick should help:
http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/Fact ... Island.jpg
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Re: The LNE at Pine Island, NY

Postby Paul Miller » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:48 pm

oops, I was looking at the wrong siding at the top of this thread. The LNE did service the mines up in the Pochuck Mountains near the NJ/NY border. The spurs I beleive were called the "Pochuck Branch" or "Pochuck RR"
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Re: The LNE at Pine Island, NY

Postby njmidland » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:01 pm

Yes this was the Lehigh & New England's Pochunck Railroad. There was a quarry and, of all things an annual peach harvest and outbound shipment. There was an attempt to build further east and connect to the L&HR as well. Some grade work and abutments can be found.

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Re: The LNE at Pine Island, NY

Postby Paul Miller » Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:25 pm

Tim, are the grade works and abutments you mention part of the abandoned Pochuck line or are they from the proposed connection to the LHR? Would love to see/hike them if you have ay landmarks I'd be able to follow.
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