Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line
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I don't know how it is today, but I can recall one occasion many years ago when we had to open the bridge at about 4:45PM for the fireboat. The fireboat was delayed en route and by the time it had passed and the bridge was closed we had outbound trains on all 3 outbound tracks (#'s 1, 3, and 4) backed up across the Viaduct and through the Tunnel back to Tower U. Inbounds had to be held at DB and MO and then fed to GCT on Tk. 2 from the Hudson and Harlem sides. The rest of the evening rush was a real mess due to delayed equipment and crew turns.
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The bridge opens rarely, but it does open. Recently, the Coast Guard published a proposed Federal Rule that would eliminate the Peak period curfews on Harlem River navigation traffic, thus subjecting MNR (and the TA, and the NYCDOT street crossings) to bridge openings at the height of the AM or PM Peaks. All affected parties submitted written objections, and I don't know if the issue has been finally resolved. However, it can be said with some certainty that MNR isn't currently applying for a waiver to allow the bridge to become a fixed bridge, and if we did, said application would surely be denied.
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We unlock the bridge from the control center, then the bridge tender on site would open the bridge. Since I have been there, tha bridge has open maybe 4 or 5 times.MNCRR9000 wrote:Is the Harlem River drawbridge controlled remotely from the operations center or is there a bridge attendant stationed there?
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For more info: http://www.nycroads.com/crossings/park-avenue/THE NEW LIFT BRIDGE: Between 1954 and 1956, the [New York Central] constructed the third railroad bridge over the Harlem River. The new bridge, which actually consists of two parallel double-track lift spans measuring 340 feet in length, carries four tracks over the Harlem River. Constructed just south of the existing swing bridge, it provides 25 feet of clearance in the closed position, and 135 feet in the open position.
I sent a note to the webmaster asking him to change "New Haven" to "New York Central."