jfrey40535 wrote:Joseph Casey (who is that?)
I should remind you that the Newtown portion of the line is not electrified, is a single-track operation with bolted rail, and has no viable signal infrastructure in place. If restoration of the line were to advance the capital expenses would be extensive and would address changes made over the years that may affect rail operations in this corridor.
3. SEPTA maintains the position that restoration of the Newtown branch is possible. Indeed, the Capital Budget has a placeholder figure for restoration.
SCB2525 wrote:I honestly don't think the ROW is wide enough to support this. The rail goes between people's properties in a lot of areas and I doubt they'd want some of their lawn "Eminent Domained" to put a trail.
the ROW in most places is at least 56' wide. 26' to the east of the center-of-gauge and 30' to the west, at minimum. But putting a jogging trail smack-dab next to a windy 60mph railroad in the age of litigation somehow strikes me as problematic. Think of what a 15 mile long fence will cost. Now think of what a very sturdy 15 mile long fence will cost.
a viable DMU that meets FRA still doesn't exist in the US
jfrey40535 wrote:Hey Lime, for the longest time I've been trying to find out when the last of the freight busines dried up on the line. There are a few warehouses near County Line station that couldn't have been built any earlier than the late 60's, both of which had freight sidings. The former James River plant also had a freight siding. I remember, in the early 80's the sidings being out of serivce, although still connected.