Glad to be of help.
I had been hoping to maybe find my great-grandfather, James F. X. Corcoran Sr., engineer's seal on the electrical drawings.
He was a senior power engineer for the NYC until the late 1950's, responsible for the power distribution engineering between Mott Haven and Harmon.
I haven't been able to locate any records of his work, but I do have his daily use railroad watch and his retirement railroad watch.
The pedestrian bridge replacement project, from a construction perspective, is a nightmare.
I read MNRR's requirements for the contractor and I really didn't see any way for the project to actually be done in the allotted time windows.
The documents I read stated that the railroad would only close all four tracks between 2AM and 5AM.
The crane wouldn't even be allowed to be erected before the 2AM closure, for fear of fouling the tracks.
I think that we were allowed to ask for either track 3 or track 4 to be closed for that stretch from like 9PM till 6AM for work on one side's pier's.
But only one side could be closed at a time.
Security, Structural and Electrical contract work on the span would all have to be done on premium time at night.
Now I understand MNRR engineering's concerns and requirements, I just don't see how this could be done within a vaguely reasonable budget.
The plans called for trying to remove the old bridge's span in one piece with at least 2 cranes.
Then the replacement bridge's span would be built on the ground and then lifted into place at night by two cranes again.
I was hoping to get stuck with the electrical designer support portion of this project so that I could get trained in the ROW safety course.
As this bridge has a lot of electrical conduits attached to the side of it, I would have needed to enter MNRR's ROW to inspect the work for contract compliance.
But thanks to the economic downturn, there's not tax money to spend on state infrastructure projects right now, so I'm out of a job and projects like this are on indefinite hold.
5th generation from Harmon (Croton-on-Hudson, NY), home of the MTA MNRR Harmon Shops.
B.S. Elec. Eng. Tech., Rochester Institute of Tech.
"I have problems sleeping at night when I can't hear the idling of several GE locomotives reverberating off the hills."