Slightly off topic on here, I suppose but to keep this topic going, at Oak
Point and in the terminal in the NHRR days, we had three round the clock
yard jobs at Oak Point with an extra one called often on the 2nd or 3rd
shifts and three round the clock yard jobs at Harlem River too with one of
the Oak Point jobs sometimes going down there especially at night to help
out with the work.
For freight, we had three or four round trips seven days a week out of
Bay Ridge but this, I suppose was not really NYC business but through
freight to the PRR. We also had a shuttle between Oak Point and Bay
Ridge that made one and sometimes two round trips to either Fremont or
Bay Ridge as needed, this job also worked seven days a week.
Harlem River had one or some of the time two overnight trailer trains to
Boston. One of these ran four nights a week and the other one ran five
nights a week. There were also three or four round trips out of either
Oak Point or Harlem River to Cedar Hill as well.
There was a Danbury job too but that was taken off before my time at
In addition to all of that, there were locals out of New Rochelle (2),
Stamford (1), South Norwalk (1) and East Bridgeport (1).
At Oak Point, One Yard was called the "Bullring", Four Yard was called
"Siberia" and in Harlem River the trailer terminal was called "Hell Gate"
along with the rest of the operations in that part of the terminal.
The yard office at Harlem River was called the east end of Harlem River.
The yard masters had nicknames too: "The Ace", Flat-top, Boom Boom"
and Dr. Strangelove. Maybe more too but I don't recall.
After the Penn Central takeover, some of the former New York Central
people also eventually ended up at Oak Point.
We also had yard jobs with New Haven engine crews and New York Central ground crews and also with New York Central engine crews and
New Haven ground crews.
OH, I almost forgot, near the end of the New Haven days, the terminal
market opened up at Hunts Point, adding more work to Oak Point although
by that time, there was much less yard work especially in Harlem River.
All good railroaders though.