"AH" Calverton

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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby Teutobergerwald » Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:33 am

Is that siding double-ended? The NYA and the LIRR use it as a run-around?
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby Publius Plunkett » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:59 am

mirrodie wrote:
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Mirrodie that photo you posted of the iconic Calverton station is amazing! I love the art work on the side. It's so Industrial.
Perhaps you need to visit some museums and get out more often?


Agree, it truly is a very fine example of "Vandal Art"... circa 1970 to the current era. :(


Exactly! Imagine standing there in years past Mirrodie. Farms everywhere and the sound of cows mooing and the smell of duck sh*t wafting through the air. Think about it Mirrodie, being a kid in the late 19th Century and saving your pennies toiling in a Lower East Side sweatshop making petticoats all with a single purpose in mind of travelling to Calverton to go cow tipping. And after months of work you finally buy that ticket to Calverton giggling at the thought of the cow falling over as you push against it. You alight the train at Calverton and dash to the nearest farm and what do you see? A cow! And you run across the field ready to do battle with that cow. The cow looks at you and you look at the cow. The fight is on! You push against the cow expecting it to fall over on its back, possibly with all four hooves in the air! Except all the cows does is move sideways! You try again and again and all the cow does is move sideways! The hours pass and you look at the cow almost begging the poor creature to fall over just once. And all it does is look up at you with sadness in its eyes and chews. Sunset nears and that child, with hopes and dreams dashed, boards the train at Calverton and goes back home to his tenement, sullen and full of despair. Broken, beaten down. Ruined for life! Ripe for recruitment by the many streetgangs of the era.

So don't count out the history of some abandoned, crappy station Mirrode. You never know what it really represents.
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby Liquidcamphor » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:17 pm

Publius you have an enlightened mind. I wont lock this thread for now but please stay on topic.
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby nyandw » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:12 pm

Teutobergerwald wrote:That siding at Calverton ever used ?


I'd like to know, also?
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby mirrodie » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:44 pm

Never mind, Liquid. Cocaine is a hell of a drug as you can see.

That said, I may see if my toddlers may learn from this far reaching creative writing course.

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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:04 pm

AH has a runaround track,34 cars long,unknown if the Calverton "spur" track is still used by NY&A,
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby nyandw » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:51 am

Backshophoss wrote:AH has a runaround track,34 cars long,unknown if the Calverton "spur" track is still used by NY&A,


On the LIRR 1966 maps. Image

LIRR 1986 maps: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrtrackmaps/LIRR-maps-1986_JeffErlitz.pdf page 57
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby freightguy » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:35 am

For a long time LIRR had M1/M3's parked in that siding. LIRR always list siding capacities but a good chunk of them have crossings in them. A longer train runs out of room really quick.
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby 4behind2 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:07 pm

AH is still used by LIRR work trains and can still be used for meets. Since the line is in close proximity to the LIE here, it would be an excellent choice for a park 'n ride station if there was any increase in service.

The siding was also used to store retired coaches for the LIST Chapter in the 1970's. Some of the cars formed the basis of RMLI. Others were sold to museums..............
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby jayrmli » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:22 pm

For a long time LIRR had M1/M3's parked in that siding. LIRR always list siding capacities but a good chunk of them have crossings in them. A longer train runs out of room really quick.


...and the siding capacities listed are for 40-foot boxcars, so using the size of today's freight cars, the actual capacities are a lot less than what is listed.

Some of the rail in the siding track is some of the oldest on the LIRR system, with dates from the 19th century stamped on the side. Some of the rail joiners are also pretty unusual as well.
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby nyandw » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:46 pm

jayrmli wrote:
For a long time LIRR had M1/M3's parked in that siding. LIRR always list siding capacities but a good chunk of them have crossings in them. A longer train runs out of room really quick.
...and the siding capacities listed are for 40-foot boxcars, so using the size of today's freight cars, the actual capacities are a lot less than what is listed.

Great point, with 60' cars it's 22 cars. :wink:
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby Bad Luck » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:32 am

AH is still used to store LIRR work trains from time to time, but not by NYAR. The old naval spur is served by the RS60.
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby jayrmli » Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:15 pm

...and the siding capacities listed are for 40-foot boxcars, so using the size of today's freight cars, the actual capacities are a lot less than what is listed.

Great point, with 60' cars it's 22 cars. :wink:


Since there is the Edwards Avenue crossing in the middle, you can fit about 17 west of the road, and maybe 5 on the other side total.
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby DaveBarraza » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:55 pm

4behind2 wrote:Since the line is in close proximity to the LIE here, it would be an excellent choice for a park 'n ride station if there was any increase in service.


...Which is exactly what Hampton Jitney did just up Edwards Ave. I hope they didn't get any public money for that!
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Re: "AH" Calverton

Postby Slippy » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:49 pm

Bad Luck wrote:AH is still used to store LIRR work trains from time to time, but not by NYAR. The old naval spur is served by the RS60.


Wrong.

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/586354/
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