The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

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Re: The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

Postby nick11a » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:10 pm

FYI, 5733 had two PL42ACs tonight (4025 and I think 4000), six Comet IIMs/IVs, and a Comet V Cab. The train flew. It arrived at Annandale 11 minutes early.
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Re: The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

Postby Regardie » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:46 am

Regardie wrote:So those three lengths of rail spent the summer, fall and winter right where they dropped them. Last week, on Tuesday, ST. Patrick's Day, I saw a work train headed West from Fanwood with a partially filled welded rail transport consist. On Thursday I saw what they were about, it seems the original three lengths have been joined by another 11 or so, running from just East of Cranford, through Garwood and Westfield, ending just East of Fanwood on the outbound side. They have also dropped one side worth of new plates on the ties around the Westfield station.

Oddly enough, it looks like the new rail has a taller profile than the installed rail, but I have only seen it from inside a coach on my way inbound, so it could be the angles playing tricks on me.

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It's been over a year but they are finally replacing the rail they put down. They have started at the Cranford end and were working this morning between Cranford and Garwood. They dropped all new plates this spring for the new rail. The old rail in Garwood is 119RE with a date of 1979. The new rail does not have a nice welded in ID string like the old Bethlehem Steelton rail so I don't know what size it is. The rail in the Fanwood station on the inbound side is 132RE from 1997 so I would think that would be the size of the new rail going in, and why it needed all new plates.

Currently, they are bolting the pieces together. I wonder if they will go back and weld them all when the swap is done.

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Re: The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

Postby Telecaster1 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:13 pm

There are many bundles of ties dropped along the ROW west of Whitehouse, all the way to High Bridge station.
Does anyone know when the tie replacement will take place?
It would be nice to get some photos of the operation.
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Re: The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

Postby Telecaster1 » Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:05 pm

Well, since Christie just stopped all TTF projects, I guess these ties will be sitting there a while... :(
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Re: The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

Postby 908rails » Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:27 pm

The NJT Aqua train has been running west of Raritan Sunday - Thursday nights. Was west through North Branch last night a little after 11:30pm.
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Re: The Raritan Valley Line Thread…

Postby Regardie » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:03 pm

Over a year and no posts in this thread. :(

A few things: it looks like the Cranford platform repair is just about done. I don't know what's going on with the stairs right now since the first bit finished is now closed again. I think they found a lot more damage then then were expecting as the center area of the platform seemed to get a new chunk cut out of it every day for a while there. So new supports and a new train facing edge have been installed and lots of places had big sections replaced.

Second: anyone know why they were running a 5 MLV consist last week? It led to some overcrowding on the rush hour inbound trains.

Third: I can never really tell what they are going to do mid-day with the quiet cars. Sometimes it is just the leading car inbound as they seem to open cars based on some decision about ridership levels. Then outbound it is the last car except when they announce that it is the first and last "open" car. That puts the leading quiet car somewhere in the middle, but not every trip.
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