That is very interesting pbass. I grew up in White Plains and used to see the Putnam freight quite often. But just glimpses, mostly during the PC years. A single Alco RS-3 either heading to or coming from the A&P warehouse in Elmsford. Used to see him mostly in the afternoon going south. Was that the crew based out of North White Plains?
I think A&P was still getting 10-15 cars a day in those years.
I also discovered there was a small storage yard at Nepperhan (or between Bryn Mawr Park and Nepperhan, just north of Tuckahoe Road), that as late as 1974 often had 10-12 freight cars in it. Guess that was for the Nepperhan spur? I remember mostly boxcars. I never did see a crew there or a locomotive. A 1942 ETT gives the capacity of the yard as 28 44-foot cars. I recall maybe four or five siding tracks. You could see the cars from the Tuckahoe Road overpass (how I found it).
That was the problem for a fan, trying to catch the line when it was being worked. In the 1970s I used to see cars at Stella Doro, notice the cars had been changed, that the siding had been worked, but I never saw the crew working them darnit!
pbass wrote:Under Conrail,WVOP 5 worked out of Oak Point,usually Sunday & Wednesday @ 11PM for Stella Doro in the Bronx, a lumber company at Nepperhan whose name I don't recall and Staufer chemical at Chauncey.
I believe that is Torre Lumber. (In the '42 ETT they're called Westchester Lumber Co.). They're still there. I live not too far away and have even bought building materials from them. One of the older guys there remembers when the "freight train" used to spot loads of lumber on their siding.