Central Branch Freight

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mjd13076
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Central Branch Freight

Post by mjd13076 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:09 pm

Today (1/19/19), we’ve noticed a bit of a strange occurrence on the Central Branch immediately west of where the old South Farmingdale Station used to be.

This morning around 11, a long freight train passed through. Then, while at my daughter’s dance class, we heard the train pass another two times.

Jump ahead to this afternoon and we see a long line of filled hoppers sitting unattached to engines. Then, two engines pull in from the east (#300 attached to an MP15) and sit there for a few moments. A few workers appeared to get off and onto the tracks to work on something (we couldn’t see through the thick brush). After a few more minutes, the engines began moving east again.

We then went shopping in Stop & Shop and when we came out, the two engines were in the process of coupling to the hoppers.

Anyone have any idea what’s happening? Derailment? Training exercises?

Backshophoss
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by Backshophoss » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:23 pm

NY&A at work,they are the freight contractor on LIRR.
Might have better luck on the New York and Atlantic Thread.
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NYR2218
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by NYR2218 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:59 pm

NYAR was doing PTC testing on the central branch. Saw them around 2:30 west of the staples street crossing.

Uncle Cheapo
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by Uncle Cheapo » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:11 pm

PTC test freight train. It is a joint effort of LIRR & NYA.
They done one like this on the Pt. Jeff about 3 years back. There is a Yoo Toob video documenting it.

mjd13076
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by mjd13076 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:19 pm

Interesting. Thanks for the info Uncle Cheapo!

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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by nyandw » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:05 am

Nice, here's the link to the positive train control video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz6s6ORnRiY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Taken 2/14/2017

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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by Backshophoss » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:22 pm

Were the gravel hoppers loaded or empty?
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by Jeff Smith » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:56 pm

Loaded.
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by MACTRAXX » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:44 pm

Makes me think that this is a ballast train being used here.
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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by nyandw » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:23 am

John Fusto was kind enough to send this video. It's 81Mb so be patient, approx 20+ seconds to load. I used Win Media Player to view in the cloud. South Farmingdale location on Central Branch: https://www.icloud.com/attachment/?u=ht ... z=80887539" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Central Branch Freight

Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:39 pm

If you’re on Instagram or Facebook, River Rail photo has some shots of this test train.
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