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CSX Northern Branch

Postby BVERailer » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:45 pm

Is the CSX Northern Branch still in use today? I've seen it multiple times but I've never seen a train on it. The Ex-Erie-Lackawanna line east of the River Sub is the one I'm talking about.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:14 pm

FWIW, way down on the New Jersey Railfan forum (most recent post June 25, 2017) there is a thread called Northern Branch customers through the years. I'm sure I've seen more recent posts than that on the subject, but can't find them now.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby mackdave » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:00 pm

It is out of service above Demarest Ave in Englewood, a rail has been removed. Been about a year or so.

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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby BVERailer » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:29 pm

So it is still in service, just only south of Englewood. I saw some freight cars on a spur not too far from Rt 4.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby RichM » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:08 pm

Yup, there is still at least one customer just north of Route 4 around West Englewood Avenue, nothing active north of Palisade Avenue for a long time though.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby GojiMet86 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:07 pm

This is the one that NJT wants the HBLR to run on, right?
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:57 pm

Yes, as far as Englewood Hospital.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby freightguy » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:03 pm

The selected route consists of a 10-mile two-track extension from its current terminus at Tonnelle Avenue in Jersey City north to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, generally along CSX Transportation’s Northern Branch running track. Plans include construction of seven stations in North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, and three in Englewood, along with parking for more than 2,700 vehicles.


That was part of a press release about expanding the Hudson-Bergen light rail line. 2/16/18
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby ccutler » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:49 pm

Yes by maximizing the number of stops, they can minimize the value of passengers' time.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby BVERailer » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:37 pm

Interesting that they are only using the part of the line already in use. They should expand to at least the NY-NJ borded in like Northvale or Old Tappan. NJ Transit definitely has the money, and it even helps that tracks and stations are still there. But, I can't change their mind. Oh, well. Englewood is only a few minutes away anyhow.
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:08 pm

There's a whole discussion of this in the NJ Transit forum. Apparently the NIMBYs in Tenafly stood with linked arms and proclaimed "They Shall Not Pass."
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu May 17, 2018 2:11 pm

Next stop, Willoughby
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Re: CSX Northern Branch

Postby photorailfan » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:02 pm

spotted a ballast train on the north branch. Anyone know what's happening?
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