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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:33 pm

Can someone create a link to Mr Hand's Flicker account? :wink:
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby milepost39 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:59 am

Simply Google "edward hand flickr". Top of the search results.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby tj48 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:48 pm

Passed over the Carlls Path crossing this morning. A LIRR MOW crew using a Little Giant crane was unloading panel track with wooden ties near the new entrance to the Astro Stone yard.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:28 pm

They say that is DK, a switch just past JS Interlocking. The track laid is confusing with the new track zig zagging.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MNCRR9000 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:49 pm

When is the new second track supposed to go into service?
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby tj48 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:43 am

Tuesday my travels took me by the Carll's Path crossing and along Long Island Ave. Work crew are beginning to ballast the new ROW in that area. They are using the orange Rail King Trackmobile and what looked like 4 ballast hoppers which are being loaded at the old Pinter Brothers complex by a large front end loader. Dump trucks are bringing the ballast into the complex and the front end loader is filling the cars from over the fence next to the new ROW. Ballast has been dumped on the ROW just past the pedestrian underpass on Long Island Ave.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:12 pm

I also looked at Carll's Path, and there is a temporary DK switch in service with a hand thrown lever that has the word DERAIL on a blue paddle. Ballast is being dumped to the West of the Deer Park Avenue overpass.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:00 am

Edward Hand's photos indicate the following over the outages going from Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale.

Ronkonkoma:
-A crossover switch in between Pond and Ocean has been connected to the second track.
-Ballast and surfacing have begun.
-The second track is still having its' third rail installed further East of the pedestrian overpass at Milepost 47.

Central Islip:
-PRR signals on the CI1 gantry have been removed and replaced with dwarf signals.
-Additional dwarf signals have been erected.
-Second track has had the third rail installed through the new CI Interlocking around Milepost 43.
-Ballast and leveling has been completed.

Brentwood:
-Ballast dumping and surfacing continue West of Islip Avenue to BRENT.

Deer Park:
-New crossover switch installed further West of the current JS switch in anticipation.
-Ballast dumping and surfacing has begun near Commack Road.
-Signal sheds/huts have been installed through Wyandanch.
-DK is now temporary. That section in between Commack and Carll's is confusing to me.
-Ballast rail cars and TC vehicles continue going down the grade towards Wyandanch gradually.

Wyandanch:
-Station building construction over the past few weeks has seen it go from just a foundation to four walls and a roof to fully enclosure the inside.
-Cement trucks were pouring concrete on the section of the new second platform.
-Three new wooden poles have been erected for future power lines to sway the wires over the new elevator/station building.
-New Wyandanch Interlocking has all four turnover switches, both crossover switches about connected, but the Western crossover seems out of alignment.

Pinelawn:
-Nothing new, he hasn't photographed there in over a week.
-Last time the ramp for the platform replacing the old Southern one has been completed.

Farmingdale:
-Work has begun reconfiguring FARM in a way with a new crossover switch installed that if you go East it goes from TK1 to TK2.

The work in Farmingdale is the reason that there is NO train service between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby adamj023 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:19 pm

http://www.mta.info/press-release/lirr/ ... ton-branch

More work scheduled for this coming weekend. The line is getting closer to having a second track to Ronkonkoma and other improvements throughout are ongoing in other parts not related to the double track project.

The double track project will be helpful for growth of Long Island. After it is done, I hope LIRR adds stations on the line including Republic and hopefully more people will use the train to get to MacArthur airport which will help relieve space at other airports. The second track project is a meaningful project for the state. The buildout continues and people will report on the work seen till this peoject is completed this year.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby DaveBarraza » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:49 pm

They really need a better way to get people from the LIRR to Islip Airport.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:13 pm

What a difference a few weeks has made since I last posted on this.

1.) New crossover switch installed in between Pond and Ocean.
2.) Third rail being extended further East towards Ronkonkoma.
3.) CI1 signal bridge gone.
4.) Third rail has all been but been laid and installed from West of Carleton to Brentwood.
5.) New second track has been aligned at JS, and both new crossover switches are in place. The current switch in service will be gone by the end of the project and the new one will be to the West.
6.) Ballast has been laid heavily, and will be groomed soon over Deer Park Avenue to just East of Wyandanch.
7.) New elevator shaft skeletons are up, concrete being poured.
8.) Power lines reconfigured on taller poles.
9.) New Wyandanch station building almost completed.
10.) Some work at FARM.

Now some of the new track has welded/bolted clamps on the inside of the running rails, I know that is not supposed to be that way, so I guess those will be cut out using steel saws.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby RestrictOnTheHanger » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:19 pm

Are the dwarves being installed of the position light type or the color light type?
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:59 pm

The dwarfs are position light, not colored where the CI1 signal bridge stood. Those signals are temporary because the new Central Islip Interlocking will be located in between the Peters Blvd. and Islip Ave. crossings. CI2 will be taken out sometime in the next few months hopefully, but they have to connect the second track and it has to be in service.

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Central Islip 1 post gantry removal.
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby Head-end View » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:15 pm

Those are actually pedestal signals which are different than dwarf signals or low home signals as I understand LIRR calls them. They are used where there are space limitations or for temporary signals like these. Pedestal signals show the same aspects/indications as high signals. Dwarf signals, those little triangular shaped housings that sit right at ground level only show slow speed aspects. :-)
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Re: MTA LIRR Double Track Project - Ronkonkoma to Farmingdal

Postby MattAmity90 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:04 pm

Head-end View wrote:Those are actually pedestal signals which are different than dwarf signals or low home signals as I understand LIRR calls them. They are used where there are space limitations or for temporary signals like these. Pedestal signals show the same aspects/indications as high signals. Dwarf signals, those little triangular shaped housings that sit right at ground level only show slow speed aspects. :-)


You mean those signals that look like the Amityville Horror House windows? I think this is a dwarf signal here at FARM1.

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Dwarf at FARM.
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