M-1s during Grade Crossing Elimination Project

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Re: M-1s during Grade Crossing Elimination Project

Postby LB » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:58 am

The track cuts can be affected by temperature and weather. If it is too cold, they will delay the process. The Merrick-Bellmore / Massapequa Park track cuts were done over a Friday evening and Saturday timeline. While there were no revenue trains in a split configuration (like Wantagh / Seaford), during the actual cutover there were some spit configuration operations. As for Amityville / Copiague /Lindenhurst (ACL) opening on Tuesday 7 AUG 73, I am not sure how that transpired (you would need to read a village newspaper from that time for more insight or check with the Town of Babylon historian to help you research the subject). Since a Tuesday seems like an odd day to execute the changeover it may have operated a few days in a split configuration to minimally disrupt service on the Babylon Branch or work crews probably made the cut over after the morning rush hour. Wantagh Seaford opened on a Wednesday (22 OCT 68), a little over two years after the temporary tracks went into service (Wednesday 24 AUG 66). It seems to me they would have run a few test trains (first diesel then electric) across the ACL span before opening the segment.
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Re: M-1s during Grade Crossing Elimination Project

Postby MattAmity90 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:48 pm

So it seems that yes, indeed they had test trains on the current ACL span while service was still going on at grade level. After a morning rush hour they cut the tracks in one at a time, and it takes a while to cut just one track from the temporary to the new. My best bet is that on August 6th they cut the Eastbound track from the temporary to the elevated span, and Amityville-Copiague-Lindenhurst saw EB service on the new span with WB service still at grade. Then sometime overnight and into the morning of August 7th they cut the Westbound track from the temporary to the new span. I mean when the cut the EB track off, the WB track on the new span still had the grade EB going over it. Unlike other Babylon Branch stations, the temporary ACL tracks were laid to the North, while the others were laid to the South. Plus they added Amityville Interlocking with the project because there was no interlocking there before. Come to think of it, maybe the new interlocking was the reason for the grounding issues!
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