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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby Jtgshu » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:45 am

Nah, the new tower is the square attached to the building with the red awning. Right behind what looks like a white van on that little street in front of the building.
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby acelaphillies » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:28 am

Jtgshu wrote:Nah, the new tower is the square attached to the building with the red awning. Right behind what looks like a white van on that little street in front of the building.

Ok, I see it now. Thanks.
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby 25Hz » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:10 am

I popped up the driveway off of lower morrisville rd last summer to catch a glimpse of some local freight moves, got a video of a red hot soot shooting NS SD40-2 muscling a string of full ethanol tank cars eastbound. Also got some dusk photos of the east end of the yard Sadly they were on my 4 & i forgot to upload them before going to the att store and getting the 4S. If i get a chance will visit again & post what i get in this thread.

There is the possibility of the yard being empty, so i'll try to go mid-day, overnight, or weekend. ;)
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby Jtgshu » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:03 am

ns3010 wrote:
nick11a wrote:Trust is supposed to be Rule 261, not 251 Jt.


Oh my..........

Ladies and gentlemen, the Overlord hath returned. As has his railroad humor.


Maybe its the diesel fumes, but I didn't even get that yesterday...........thanks Joe for pointing that out.....

Wow...just...wow
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby nick11a » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:08 am

Jtgshu wrote:
ns3010 wrote:
nick11a wrote:Trust is supposed to be Rule 261, not 251 Jt.


Oh my..........

Ladies and gentlemen, the Overlord hath returned. As has his railroad humor.


Maybe its the diesel fumes, but I didn't even get that yesterday...........thanks Joe for pointing that out.....

Wow...just...wow


Message received. I should obey Rule 292... and I quote the rule indication in its entirety:

"Stop."

Oh, and if you're running a Geep long hood forward, you'll get enough of those fumes!
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby Jtgshu » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:20 am

Oh for love of.......................
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby nick11a » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:26 am

Jtgshu wrote:Oh for love of.......................


Well, I'm not him. I am but a humble public servant, like yourself. Well, maybe I'm not that humble...

I guess we're off topic. Let me attempt to rerail this:

I'm just curious: on any given weekday, how many crewmembers/employees come through Morrisville?
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby pumpers » Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:23 pm

Questions on two topics:

In John Almeida's pictures, the large building on the south side of the yard (presumably for maintenance of rolling stock) is not visible. When was this built? Was this part of the original plan and just waiting for $$ for the next phase, or something that came up later? Or am I completely missing something on his pictures. John does have some pictures of what look like fuel or sanding racks that I don't see on google maps -- maybe the new building subsumed them?

Second, on google maps there is a large piece of land, almost as big as the yard itself, between the yard and a freight lead that loops to the north. Does NJT own this land , and have any immediate plans for it?
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby 25Hz » Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:33 pm

pumpers wrote:Second, on google maps there is a large piece of land, almost as big as the yard itself, between the yard and a freight lead that loops to the north. Does NJT own this land , and have any immediate plans for it?
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I believe that half of the yard is owned by NS. Plans - i believe NS wants to either put a car yard, or a locomotive fueling pad and car yard there. NJT could expand to the north half IF NS doesn't end up doing anything there.
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby acelaphillies » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:47 pm

pumpers wrote:In John Almeida's pictures, the large building on the south side of the yard (presumably for maintenance of rolling stock) is not visible. When was this built? Was this part of the original plan and just waiting for $$ for the next phase, or something that came up later? Or am I completely missing something on his pictures. John does have some pictures of what look like fuel or sanding racks that I don't see on google maps -- maybe the new building subsumed them?

Those pictures were taken during construction before the yard actually opened, so I believe that building was just no built yet. I think it covers up all of those things and the inspection pits. The facility is only about 10 years old.
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby nomis » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:04 pm

How to keep a Nick in suspense ...

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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby CPSmith » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:30 am

As a former bassoonist AND a former operator of LHF geeps AND a former worker bee at Morrisville, I may be able to add to the conversation...

Firstly, you CAN march with a bassoon, but I don't recommend it ...and if you're playing it in the sitting position, you want your feet on the floor ...and no, you need neither a hammer nor glue to assemble, but you do want to wax your cork. Never let your cork dry out, I always say...

On to Morrisville... I had the pleasure of working for a sub-contractor during the final construction phase of the NJT Morrisville Service & Inspection (S&I) facility during the fall/winter of 2007 and January of 2008. The S&I facility is the large white building. Although I took a couple hundred photos (more to come), this one is not mine - not sure where it came from, but it's good place to start. It probably dates from 2005 or 2006, since it's in the middle of construction.

The tower / office / crew facility (to the right and under construction) was mentioned in earlier posts. The "trailer park" (lower right corner) all belonged to the various contractors (non-NJT folks). (I sat in one of those buildings for a while.) The road into the facility (bottom) remains today as do the areas for employee parking. The yard itself appears to be in use - not sure if it is was fully electrified at the time. The S&I facility (big white building) appears to be well underway. The "bulge" to the right houses the wheel truing equipment (ground level) and offices (upper level). The long portion (about 1/4 mile in length) houses tracks 1 & 2. The length allows service and inspection to be performed on two 14(?) car train sets simultaneously. (I think the number is 14...) The track in the upper left corner belongs to NS (ex-CR, PC, PRR I believe) and circumvents the NJT yard. Remarkably, NS did not connect directly to the NJT yard, even though the NS yard is just out of sight in the upper right hand corner - all the NJT tracks just gathered up in a couple of stubs and that was it.
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby nick11a » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:52 am

Highly difficult marching with a Bassoon... and it is one way to get a vibrato, albeit an unpleasant one. :-)

And, you wouldn't want NS directly connecting with the NJT yard. With all the movements into and out of the yard and onto the NEC, it would be difficult to coordinate.
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby CPSmith » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:23 am

Unless you've been in the S&I facility, it's hard to grasp the scale - let's start with these two photos from January 2008 (the end of the construction phase):
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Re: NJ Transit's Morrisville Yard

Postby Clear Of BH » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:42 am

nomis wrote:How to keep a Nick in suspense ...

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