• NYS&W hotspots

  • Discussion related to New York, Susquehanna & Western operations past and present. Also includes some discussion related to Deleware Otsego owned and operated shortlines. Official web site can be found here: NYSW.COM.
Discussion related to New York, Susquehanna & Western operations past and present. Also includes some discussion related to Deleware Otsego owned and operated shortlines. Official web site can be found here: NYSW.COM.

Moderators: GOLDEN-ARM, NJ Vike

  by HoboKen bound
I'm just curious as to this. I've usually watched the NYS&W in Wyckoff in the old A&P parking lot. I've also watched it in Oakland (Rt 202), Butler and New Foundland on occasion. Nevertheless, Wyckoff has been my favorite due the close proximity to my residence and it being just a neat place to watch trains there.

Where has everyone else gone?

  by Steve F45
the old a&p, is that near the station?

  by HoboKen bound
Yes, sir. That would be very same spot. The parking lot is on the one side of the station while Wyckoff Ave is on the other side (Main Street runs along the opposite side of the tracks). I haven't been there too much lately (mostly b/c I've been working during the day and going college at night), but I've spent a decent amount of time there during my tenure of train chasing.

  by trainfreak
My spots would have to be Old Rudetown Rd. in Vernon or ZINC up in Franklin. And over the summer its always fun to catch a train while im working at Great Gorge in Vernon since the line cuts the golf course in two!

  by BlockLine_4111
Here's mine.

1980-89 - Passaic Junction when the junction was functioning as a freight transfer from CR to the "Q" and vice versa. Also when the Passaic Branch had more customers and activity.

2000-03 - West Oakland and Pompton Jucntion, especially with the WS drills for the bulk transfer sites and 'nightly meets' (on a rare occassion) with SU99.

Never was a fan of CP5, bad bunch of apples ruined it for the bunch.

1980-2003 - Rochelle Park depot was always a good place to see the trains too.

Sidebar - does anyone ever recall back then if CR ever on occassion went east of Mayhill Street down into the RP station area on swicthing and layover assignments?

  by mikedc3
Edison Rd in Ogdensburg is a great spot for Eastbound trains. It's on the steep grade from Sparta to Beaver Lk. You can hear them coming up from Sparta for a good 15 minutes before they get there. Then they come creeping through at full throttle with smoke and sand blowing all over.

  by Steve F45
i've never really gone much farther then riches deli. I know where to pull off of but not where to climb to for some pics. I want to venture to vernon and sparta, but never really get the heads up of when they are coming east till the last minute.

  by trainfreak
I second Edison Rd actually...even for westbounds too especially on colder winter nights. The sound of the dynamic braking is amazing. Also if you look railroad east you can see the headlights through the trees at one point when they are traveling west.

  by Noel Weaver
I remember back in 1986 and early 1987, for a period I was partially
crippled from an injury but I was able to get around and drive my car.
I would have my scanner on in Jamaica, Queens and when I would hear
the WB SLN- getting ready to leavy Little Ferry I would head for my car
and head for the George Washington Bridge by whatever route I figured
I would get there the best and keep a scanner tuned to the NYS&W only
at all times. I would follow their progress and usually first catch was
North Hawthorne which was not too far off route 4. After that, I would
try for a crossing at Midland Park then head for Butler where the train
would not be going too fast but the roads following weren't great either
although I can't remember all of the details.
Probably the most dramatic location was not far west of Butler on a
road that follows the tracks with a couple of crossings thrown in for good
measure. I think it was the second or westernmost of the two crossings
where I would stop west of and wait. I could hear him working hard and
whistling all the way from before Butler and the echos from the
surrounding hills would remind me of somewhere in the back hills of
maybe West Virginia rather than metropolitan New Jersey only a few miles
from New York City.
After that spot, I would usually link up with route 23 not far west of Butler
and continue to follow the track to maybe Stockholm or that general area
where I would decide that the hour was getting late and my all night trip
needed to come to an end. If I heard on the scanner that another train
was in the works, it would be a different story and I would continue to
Sparta Junction where one of the two trains would pull down toward
Limecrest to clear for the other one, then I had something to follow on my
way home and often it would be daylight by this time.
Most frequent night for this escapade was Friday because I think the WB
train only ran two or three nights a week.
The NYS&W police were usually following them too and they were often
local police officers who were railfans or semi railfans moonlighting for the
NYS&W. I had lots of interesting conversations with these people too
although I don't think the followed the train as far as I usually did.
Good memories and a small number of slides too. Even caught Water
Rich following once or twice too and that made things even more enjoyable for the night. There was uaually a few others doing the same thing too.
Noel Weaver