• Catenary support knocked down by storm on the M&E in Maplewood this past Monday

  • Discussion related to New Jersey Transit rail and light rail operations.
Discussion related to New Jersey Transit rail and light rail operations.

Moderators: lensovet, Kaback9, nick11a

  by pumpers
Surprised no one has posted about this. One or more of the catenary supports were knocked down - there is a picture in this article. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/morri ... NewsSearch
The M&E and Gladstone line are OOS. Doesn't sound like a quick fix to me. Does anyone know more?

I don't know how many diesel engines would be needed to protect the train service. But they might not be allowed through the Bergen Hill tunnel anyway.
Jim S
  by lensovet
Dual modes could run, but the real issue is that you can't have trains running while repairs are being made, no matter what their power source is.

Unfortunately the line isn't getting a break as service has now been cut back all the way to Broad St due to a downed tree near Mountain Station: https://twitter.com/NJTRANSIT_ME/status ... 9347244033
  by pumpers
Yay. Congrats to the NJT crews and contractors who are getting the job done.

Regarding truncating Gladstone trains at Summit, my guess is that there is still a lot of work to do so they are keeping traffic levels down.

EDIT: This just in.... "On March 17 and 18 enhancements will be made to the modified weekday schedules to provide customers with additional trains and direct service to New York and Hoboken on the Gladstone Branch, NJ Transit officials said Wednesday." https://www.nj.com/news/2022/03/nj-tran ... -line.html
  by pumpers
I think that Brick Church problem may have been over last weekend. In any case, the main NJT site now says:
"On Friday, March 18, Morris & Essex Line and the Gladstone Branch will resume full regular weekday service and regular weekend service Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, following repairs to the extensive storm damage in Maplewood. The Montclair-Boonton Line will also resume regular weekday service."
  by Ken W2KB
Given the right of way is relatively narrow, NJT has limited ability to reduce tree falls, and especially from outside its property. This likely is a long standing and likely to continue issue, perhaps worsened by the ash trees being killed by the borer insects.