Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

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Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by 452 Card » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:02 pm

Since the C1/C3 topic is clouded (and I am part of that), its time to start a "Shea Yard" discussion, I guess.
My involvement was with the Transportation Department, getting the testing done on the trainsets as they arrived. It was an interesting time in my career on the LIRR as we were pretty much separated from the mainstream politics and unnecessary oversight from those who were clueless. It was nice being in a location that was away from HQ in Jamaica.
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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by Kelly&Kelly » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:01 pm

We recall those years well, as we do the Shea Car Shop, and the pit that filled with water. And flagging down trains at 60MPH to pick us up at Shea...

It was a long, long time ago.

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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by mirrodie » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:39 pm

Do any photos exist of this.? And is Shea yard AKA Corona Yard?
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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by newkirk » Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:40 pm

mirrodie wrote: Do any photos exist of this.?
Is this what we're talking about ?
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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by 452 Card » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:27 pm

PitFish! Look, they're swimming in there!
Little did we know that on December 11, 1990 we would find out how they got there. 52 inches of water at the trailer site and two out the four cars onsite flooded with brackish water from a Nor'Easter. 3004-3007 ,the first cars delivered from Tokyu Car,were on 4 track next to the trailers and got flooded and were never the same after that, electrically.
The place was always revealing some new weirdness, even after the M3 acceptance testing in 82-83. The ABB people considered the worksite to be a nuisance to them, for whatever reason. The Tokyu Car people even took us to a Mets game after hours. What a hoot!
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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by Kelly&Kelly » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:01 pm

PIT FISH !

I had forgotten all about them. Think they're still there? They would be huge by now.

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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by nyandw » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:45 pm

Where is this located? Thanks.

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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by 452 Card » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:38 am

At the original location of the 1939 World's Fair railroad exhibit. Overhead runs a walkway that connects Shea Stadium to the Tennis Center.
While poking around the area during some down time, I discovered the remains of "Fair" interlocking's hut. Its just a concrete base with large wiring running out of it which is abandoned.
Somewhere on the net, I found old pics of the area during its heyday in '39. Maybe Arrts Arrchives.
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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by ConstanceR46 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:08 pm

this is very interesting. do any other photos of the yard with the shed up exist?

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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by nyandw » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:26 pm

452 Card wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:38 am
At the original location of the 1939 World's Fair railroad exhibit. Overhead runs a walkway that connects Shea Stadium to the Tennis Center.
While poking around the area during some down time, I discovered the remains of "Fair" interlocking's hut. Its just a concrete base with large wiring running out of it which is abandoned. Somewhere on the net, I found old pics of the area during its heyday in '39. Maybe Arrts Arrchives.
Maybe here: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrwo ... ldfair.htm

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Re: Shea Yard Test Site- Dual Mode/BiLevel Trainset et al

Post by 452 Card » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:29 pm

That was it, Steve! The "Fair" hut is mentioned just where I found it. It appears some later realignment of tracks in the east yard occurred after '39 sometime. The place is built on fill from ashes hauled from NYC and dumped in the meadows there over the years. Its an Environmentalists nightmare, and is always sinking with each new floodover.
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