Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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you may want to correct last statement, the connection to mainline is not a wye, no way to go eastbound .
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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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So they are replacing the superstructure on all three spans of the Ann St bridge? That seems weird to me. Assuming that the Marshal St bridge remains one track, did they really need the space between Ann and Marshal streets for the yard? Unless there is a deeper reason that I cannot phantom from Google Earth images, spending money for bridges to gain what amounts to about 200 ft of track seems very wasteful to me. Any insights?

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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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EuroStar wrote:So they are replacing the superstructure on all three spans of the Ann St bridge? That seems weird to me. Assuming that the Marshal St bridge remains one track, did they really need the space between Ann and Marshal streets for the yard? Unless there is a deeper reason that I cannot phantom from Google Earth images, spending money for bridges to gain what amounts to about 200 ft of track seems very wasteful to me. Any insights?
Single-tracking the Ann St. bridge would require reconfiguring the interlocking- the switches for the south end of Dock Yard are south of Ann St. That would probably prove more costly, given the complexity, than replacing a few steel beams on the bridge.

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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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Dock Yard is north of Ann St. If you're familiar with Norwalk, it's east of where the new mall is being constructed, and south of Science Rd. and the city's transfer station. Here are some photos of how the yard area looked in February:
Dock Yard -- south from Science Rd.jpg
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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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Been keeping an eye on this topic, not a regular poster at all but I stumbled onto these images at nycsubway and thought it may be of interest. https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/showpix?nsta=14133" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Supposedly taken in April, 1974. Note that one is of the "original" Dock Yard.
Perhaps someone can confirm the current status of the pit in the one photo. Presumably, it was constructed by GE as part of the M2 delivery as it is quite clear that these tracks were being used for delivery "punch list" work.

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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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mrobinson wrote:Been keeping an eye on this topic, not a regular poster at all but I stumbled onto these images at nycsubway and thought it may be of interest. https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/showpix?nsta=14133" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Supposedly taken in April, 1974. Note that one is of the "original" Dock Yard.
Perhaps someone can confirm the current status of the pit in the one photo. Presumably, it was constructed by GE as part of the M2 delivery as it is quite clear that these tracks were being used for delivery "punch list" work.
The pit is long, long gone. It would have been right around here: https://goo.gl/maps/zGXpiqLjJNx.

I'm pretty sure that all this trackage, both up on the embankment and the stub-ended tracks, was considered Dock yard by the NYNH&H. The lower-level trackage, the tower and the freight house were all removed in the late 80's, around the time when the Maritime Aquarium opened.

Incidentally, there are a couple of unusual autos in the photo of the yard and the burned-out tower. Behind the tower is a Triumph TR-6, while in front is something I can't identify-- maybe a Peugeot? Thought it was a Corvair wagon at first but the wheels are wrong.

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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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Have they finally started work on relaying the track and switches in Dock Yard??
How long before they hang new catenary wire in the yard??
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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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Backshophoss wrote:Have they finally started work on relaying the track and switches in Dock Yard??
How long before they hang new catenary wire in the yard??
No, still working on the Ann st bridge. All tracks (except trk 1) in dock yard are disconnected at CP 400 and CP 401.
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Re: Dock Yard Improvement Expansion and Electrification

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Any idea where we're at yet on this project? I did find some interesting links in searching if they haven't been posted already:

https://walkbridgect.com/pdf/project_map.pdf

https://www.walkbridgect.com/pdf/dockya ... 112818.pdf
Construction Progress
• Overhead wires removed
• Replacement of tracks 2, 4 & 6
• Sub-ballast & ballast excavation & replacement
• Tree-trimming & clearing
• New catenary foundations (East & West)
• Science Road railroad crossing replacement
Upcoming Construction Activities
• New catenary structures
• Additional ballast installation
• Railroad drainage installation
https://walkbridgect.com/projects/danbury.aspx
Danbury Branch Dockyard Project
State Project No. 0301-0180
Fact Sheet

The Danbury Branch Dockyard Project consists of rail improvements, including approximately one-mile of electrification, along the Danbury Branch Line between Washington Street and the railroad crossing at Jennings Place. The work includes the addition of two new tracks between Marshall Street and Science Road, track replacement, signal and communication system upgrades, and new catenary structures.

The Dockyard is located under the I-95 overpass near Oyster Shell Park, and will include five total tracks that can be used for staging trains when they are not in use on the mainline. The additional tracks on the Danbury Branch will enable commuter trains ending their service in South Norwalk to switch direction back toward Grand Central Terminal.

As part of the Danbury Branch Dockyard Project, the superstructure of the rail bridge over Ann Street will be replaced. This includes new weathering steel deck spans and railings that will maintain the 19th century character of the bridge.


Key Milestones & Cost

START OF CONSTRUCTION: October 2017

ANTICIPATED CONSTRUCTION DURATION: 2.5 Years

COMPLETION OF ANN STREET BRIDGE: August 2019

ESTIMATED OVERALL PROJECT COST: $98 Million

ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COST: $89 Million
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