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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby DaveBarraza » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:06 pm

I think they will use a tamping / lining machine to straighten out that is now just roughed-in.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamping_machine

I think there is one of these out east of Farmingdale right now actually, or something similar.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:06 pm

June 2 & 3: Buses Replace Weekend Trains between Ronkonkoma & Hicksville

To accommodate trackwork related to the LIRR’s Double Track Project, buses will replace trains between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. The first westbound bus departs Ronkonkoma at 12:02 AM. The first eastbound bus departs Hicksville at 12:59 AM. Service will be affected as follows:

Westbound

Customers at stations Ronkonkoma through Bethpage will board buses to Hicksville up to 45 minutes earlier than normal train times, then transfer to westbound trains.
Customers at stations Greenport through Medford will board buses at Ronkonkoma and ride to Hicksville, where train service will resume.
Customers will arrive at western terminals 1 hour later than normal.

Eastbound

Customers traveling to stations Bethpage through Ronkonkoma will transfer to buses at Hicksville. Plan for 46 minutes of added travel time.
Departure times for trains that provide connecting service to Greenport have been adjusted:
Customers who normally take the 2:53 AM train from Penn to Ronkonkoma will transfer at Hicksville for a bus that will make all local stops to Greenport.
Customers who normally take the 8:14 AM and the 1:14 PM trains from Penn to Ronkonkoma for connecting service to Greenport will depart from Penn Station 1 hour earlier than normal, at 7:12 AM and 12:12 PM.

My guess is connecting and adding embankment to the CI2 sight using the tamping/lining equipment, connection of track in Ronkonkoma, and possibly Brentwood work?
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby tj48 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:09 am

mjd13076 wrote:While viewing pictures of the KO double track project, I can't help but notice some of the tracks literally look like squiggly lines. Is this just part of the building process and there’s a certain machine that rolls over the rails to straighten them out? I know some of these pictures are taken with a long lens and distance compression adds to the effect but...


From what I've seen the crews drop layers of ballast using a Trackmobile and 4 Herzog ballast cars similar to these, although at a much slower pace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRgI9gCpXdY
Then a tie tamper similar to this:
Tie tamper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxZ4qwkfkyQ
Then a track stabilizer similar to this:
Track stabilizer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs59-FHi-Gs
The process continues over and over, dumping ballast, tamping and stabilizing, building up the roadbed.
When the tamping and stabilizing is done the ballast regulator does the final smoothing. A ballast regulator has been working the grade between Wyandanch and the Deer Park Ave overpass for the last 2 days.
Ballast regulator. A tie tamper is first then the regulator is at the end of the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sVpJDh1OgQ
Having never seen any of these machines in person it has been interesting watching the process tranforming just track and ties laying on bare ground to a finished ROW.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:26 am

From Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale:

1.) Connect the new second track at KO Interlocking (which has to be reconfigured).
2.) Connect and stabilize the track at the former site of CI2.
3.) Eliminate BRENT and connect the second track to Track 2 at Brentwood.
4.) Eliminate the current dividing switch at JS, since JS will be two crossovers. The new switches will be slightly West of the current one.
5.) Installation of third rail all the way to Little East Neck Road.
6.) Completion of platform facilities at Wyandanch (full 12-car new platform next to the new track, and a rehabilitated 6-car segment of the current. Staircases next to elevators to the pedestrian bridge).
7.) Signal installation at DANCH and new signals at JS.
8.) New fence to be erected to the North of the ROW at Pinelawn.
9.) Completion of platform facilities at Pinelawn.
10.) Installation of third rail from Wellwood Avenue to FARM (which has to be reconfigured).
11.) Second track to be connected at FARM. (which has to be reconfigured).
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:50 pm

Edward Hand's photos show the following:

1.) At Ronkonkoma and KO Interlocking, Track 2 is BARRICADED, Tri-Color signals are wrapped.
2.) Second track has been electrified from Pond Road to just before the former turnout switch at CI2, new crossover switch in between Pond and Ocean electrified.
3.) Ballast was added to the former turnout switch site and the current track from 1987 connected to the new track (not ready)
4.) BRENT is still untouched.
5.) A new signal being installed at Deer Park near Executive Drive for Pineaire. Something with a new hut.
6.) The new second track at JS has been straightened with two crossovers installed.
7.) Third rail has been installed from the JS switches to the Deer Park Avenue bridge.
8.) Temporary DK is gone.
9.) The Western half of Wyandanch's current platform has been torn down along with the station building.
10.) The newly rehabilitated Eastern half of Wyandanch's current platform is in service with a canopy towards the center. Today it went into service (first 6 cars will not platform on a WB train, last 6 will not platform on an EB).
11.) No photos were taken at Pinelawn.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby inthebag » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:30 am

Wyandanch is now head 6 cars in either direction.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:00 am

Project update June 20th, 2018:

1.) As far as I know the second track with the BARRICADE Octagon still has it.
2.) Ronkonkoma's Platform A elevator is being renovated, just like the Platform B was earlier.
3.) The new second track at CI2 has been connected, graded, and has the new third rail connected to the existing third rail.
4.) BRENT still is not connected, but the station buildings continue being renovated.
5.) Temporary DK still there.
6.) Third rail has been installed all the way to Wyandanch.
7.) Rail and Tie cleaner vehicles continue going along.
8.) Ballast is being evened out between Straight Path and Little East Neck Road.
9.) Third rail has not been installed between the above-mentioned grade crossings.
10.) The new DANCH Interlocking is becoming clearer with the turnover switches becoming crossovers.

It's worthy to note that Edward DID NOT photograph JS, but between Commack Road and Carll's Path the third rail has not been laid. That area along with the stretch that includes DANCH Interlocking are the only ones that lack the third rail. The CI2 signal gantry is still standing as well as the gantry just West of Ronkonkoma.
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