work on Farmingdale wye

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work on Farmingdale wye

Postby alcoAL » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:26 pm

I noticed about 2 months ago the siding just west of the wye off New Highway was taken out, alongside that red brick building. Today I saw the west leg of the wye is out and the roadbed has been excavated from New Highway west along the main siding. I couldn't get a photo of the whole thing but got this out the windshield. Along that building between it and the siding has what I guess is the subroadbed with new crushed stone. It looked wide enough for maybe 2 tracks.

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Here it was 12-5-2010:
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby nyandw » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:17 pm

Building on right: originally B&G Pickles, was a Republic Warehouse, then guys help?

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Appears wye still (partially) in use 05/22/2008 Photo: Mike McDermet

Where might this hopper be going?
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby Teutobergerwald » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:03 pm

Maybe that hopper was bad-ordered, awaiting repair???
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby mikey cruz » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:08 am

It's pretty much a brand new car actually, I see it's got 2 air hoses so I'm goin with rapid discharge air operated chutes?
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby 4behind2 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:10 am

The red brick building last received cars in the late 1980's or early 1990's when it was owned by a paper company named New Lehigh. They would usually take two to three cars a week.
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby Teutobergerwald » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:41 am

I remember seeing CN, CV, DW&P, GTW, BCOL and CP Rail boxcars spotted on that building's spur back in the '80's and up until 1992 or '93, if I recall correctly.
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby DogBert » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:51 am

It's a stone car from the mine in CT. These come down in unit trains via P&W. No idea why there is just a single car spotted here.
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby mikey cruz » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:12 pm

well if it's ballast for the siding work then it's going to be a private car and not LIRR, sound right?
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby Johnny F » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:53 pm

DogBert wrote:It's a stone car from the mine in CT. These come down in unit trains via P&W. No idea why there is just a single car spotted here.


I tried to find the original post that included that pic on the NYA Forum, but couldn't find it. I remember something about the car having an issue, either a bad coupler or axle, and it was placed on the siding for repair.
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby jayrmli » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:03 pm

Looks like a car leased to the stone guy taking cars off of Commack Road. Car was probably bad ordered and set out.
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby Crabman1130 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:18 pm

I passed there the other day and there was fresh ballast running back a while, but it was about a foot below grade. There was a bulldozer working.
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby LB » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Is the Farmingdale Wye still in place? My recollection was double track ended at PW (now called FARM 2, 31.5 miles from LIC). At that point a Freight Track began on the north side of the Main Line that ran across New Highway and merged back into the Main Line just west of Wellwood Avenue. The west leg of the Wye came off the freight track just west of New Highway, with the appex running down the east side of New Highway, and the east leg of the Wye re-joining the Freight Track about a quarter mile east of New Highway. Is this the current configuration?
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby DaveBarraza » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:33 pm

Isn't Coastal built using the east leg and tail of the wye? They load construction debris I think...
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby nyandw » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:39 pm

4behind2 wrote:The red brick building last received cars in the late 1980's or early 1990's when it was owned by a paper company named New Lehigh. They would usually take two to three cars a week.


What did "New Lehigh" produce?
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Re: work on Farmingdale wye

Postby alcoAL » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:23 pm

LB and Dave, you both remember it correctly. I'm assuming the current work is reconfiguring the west leg of the wye and maybe adding something else. That fresh ballast looked like it could be 2 tracks wide, but I only got a quick look at it. The Town of Babylon recently rebuilt New Highway, adding curbs, sidewalks & better drainage. The only part not done was where the wye crosses the road. Maybe that'll be done once the new track is in place.
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