• Utica Branch Discussion Thread

  • 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.

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  by ut-1
 
Utica Notes:

Each year about now, an additional locomotive is brought on the branch to assist No. 3040 haul increased seasonal tonnage to customers in Waterville and Sangerfield. So far, it's still just 3040.

In an unusual occurrence, last week 3040 made the Sangerfield run light in both directions. Not sure why this happened, perhaps additional switching was required down in Sangerfield.

Attached is a picture taken at the easterly end of the Utica yard this morning; approximately 2800 ties were recently dropped here. Notice the greenish tint: a poster on the "Railroading Rambler" FB group figures the ties have been treated with copper naphthenate "because of the regulations concerning creosote." Oxidation of the copper causes the greenish tint.
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Also, here's a video from March 18th showing 3040 southbound in Chadwicks with a six-car train:

  by ricky
 
i guess the new ties lay down from utica to sangerfield two any word of new customs for this line
  by ut-1
 
Ricky: No new customers that I'm aware of.

Utica Notes: NYS&W No. 3618 has just arrived on the branch to assist 3040 handle the increased seasonal tonnage to Sangerfield. CSX originally delivered 3618 to Selkirk before dropping the SD45 in Utica. Here's a photo taken on April 3rd:
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Also, here's a video from April 1st (an entirely new view of 3040 is presented at the end):

  by wally
 
ut-1 wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:43 am Also, here's a video from April 1st (an entirely new view of 3040 is presented at the end):
ooooh. a MEC/Guilford boxcar.
  by ut-1
 
In Utica since early April, No. 3618's first run on the branch occurred on Monday, April 12th.

Here's a short video with a few highlights:

  by ut-1
 
Utica Notes: Though not yet up to the levels of the past few years, carloads to Sangerfield are steadily increasing. MOW crews have been busy on the branch (north of Sangerfield at least), including some work on the main near the switch on the southerly end of the wye at Richfield Junction. Last I knew, the wye was not in service.

So far, SD45 No. 3618 has been used three times this spring.

This video shows 3040 and 3618 teaming-up on April 20th:

  by ut-1
 
Utica Notes: Spring traffic levels still appear to be down from last year. 3618 remains on the branch, perhaps being used 15 times or so since its arrival here in early April. The big tie pile pictured in my March 21st post remains in place at the easterly end of the Utica yard.

This video from May 27th features UT-1's biggest train of the spring (at least the biggest one I've seen and I see them pretty much every day as they pass by my workplace). Locations seen are as follows: 1) Lower Main, Clayville; 2) Summit Rd, Marshall; and 3) NYS Rt 12 overpass, Sangerfield.

  by ut-1
 
Utica Notes: No. 3618 remains in Utica, though it hasn't been used in several weeks. It was brought on the branch to assist with the annual spring increase in tonnage to customers in Waterville and Sangerfield. Doug Ellison, Utica branch master historian, recently retired from his post as NYS&W's VP-Mechanical.

This video, made on August 5th, features switching at FX Matt Brewery, Utica, off Schuyler Street

  by ut-1
 
Utica Notes: Traffic remains strong to New Hartford's Oneida Warehouse accessed via former NYO&W Utica Division tracks. The O&W is getting a bit of a facelift with major work being done "railroad south" of NYS 840. Trips to Sangerfield have been occurring about twice per week, usually with 2-4 covered hoppers.

Here's a video I made yesterday:

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