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Track 200 - GCT

Postby JamesRR » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:37 am

Searching through the forum, I couldn't find much discussion on this. Track 200 in GCT is the lower level loop return track. From looking at diagrams, was this a lone tunnel bored through the bedrock - meaning, it wasn't in the middle of a large excavation? It was bored simply to bring the loop tracks back around to the approach ladder?

If so - how did one access this from within - were there emergency exit shafts? And what has become of it due to the ESA severing the loop and Mad. Avenue yard?
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:48 pm

track 200 is on eastside and can be reached via service walkways from track 100 all workshops are in between for B&B
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby Penn Central » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:35 am

Although the lower level loop has been out of service for many years, track 200 is still in service and was being used frequently when I was still working at Metro-North 10 years ago. There is a platform on the west side of track 200 that is adjacent to the B&B shops that makes the track easily accessible.
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby JamesRR » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:26 pm

In the image in the link below, an old Lower Level track plan, I see a huge white square to the left - is that the shop area adjacent to track 200?

And is Track 200 mostly (to the north of that) just running in a tunnel? It doesn't appear to have anything alongside it.

http://www.american-rails.com/images/NYCLOWGCT.jpg
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby RearOfSignal » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:29 pm

Yes.
Hurry up and wait at the signal!
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby CP-4070 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:41 am

I think I have read somewhere that it can only be used by trains from the north and not from the south anymore. Therfore it may only be used for storage.
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby DutchRailnut » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:15 pm

you are correct, as all loop tracks on lower level are out of service, the west side of loop tracks is all gone, it is future terminal hall for LIRR.
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby CP-4070 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:10 am

Another thing that came to my mind is a platform that I see between tracks 53 and 53. It is called Adams Platform. What is/was the purpose of it?
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby DutchRailnut » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:06 pm

removed, off topic.
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby CP-4070 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:32 am

Sorry, I meant 53 and 54. I thought that the famous platform is between 61 and 63 and that there is a less famous platform between 53 and 54. Thus, I guess that they both had the same purpose and looked similar?
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:33 am

so how did this conversation go from 200 on lower level to same old sh*t show of waldorf platform ??
http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/gct61.html
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby JamesRR » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:04 pm

Yes - you're on the wrong level!

My post was about Track 200 on the lower level.
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Re: Track 200 - GCT

Postby andegold » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:47 am

Well, speaking of sh!tshows, local CBS news this morning rehashed the whole thing while covering the closing of the Waldorf Astoria for renovations and condominium conversion.
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