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Re: PC: Goodby Conrail
- Subject: Re: PC: Goodby Conrail
- From: "NEW HAVEN U25B" <ERIE-LACKAWANNA@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 13:49:37 -0400
Yes, it is still possible to reach Hartford and Boston via
Maybrook Line as years ago with NH and PC. At Shelton Jct they took the
Waterbury Branch to south of Waterbury and then the branch into Hartford to the
Conn River Line at Springfield and then Boston. Cedar Hill bound freights came
out at Devon to the Shoreline.
PC wss going to fix the bridge and reuse it, but it was
the coming CR that did not express an interest in the Maybrook Line and thus PC
did not waste the money to rebuild a bridge that would not be used by CR which
makes sense. Had it not been for CR, the bridge would have kong been back in
service. As soon as CR took over started the abandonments and vutbacks of many
lines. CR which was then government believed in downsizing the carrier as fast
as they can to make freight service less competitive to
As for someone rumoring there was one train a day using
the Maybrook Line was a total lie. I spent hours at Highland and Maybrook until
the end and I got ten freights in a day. Could have been four east and six west
or five each way depending on traffic. It was the busiest line of the PC in the
Hudson Valley. There were more than ten trains in a 24 hour period and in '74
and before, Maybrook engine terminal had an average of 15 engines each morning.
There would not be this many engines for one train a day.
As soon as PC took over the NH, the following weekend I
found at Highland on a freight siding MOW track cars, hy-rail trucks there for a
weekend, new rail and ties. The entire Maybrook Line was rebuilt as I remember
before the merger much of the track was sunk in mud with little or no ballast.
PC did an excellent job rebuilding the Maybrook Line. PC maintained the bridge
even after the fire, applying new paint to stress points of the bridge ti keep
it in shape if the line were ever revived. Bridge maintenace ceasesd when CR
took over. The bridge was important to PC but not CR. Had PC rebuilt it, 18
months later the line would have been abandoned as Amtrak did to the NH
Time will tell if NS goes through with the plan to rebuild
the line. The owners of the bridge are in trouble anyway with the City of
Poughkeepie, State, Coast Guard to name a few over taxes, maintenance, lack of
navigation lights that went out when Central Hudson pulled the plug and stopped
paying CR $26G a year for use of the bridge by routing power lines near the
bridge under the Hudson. That was part of the original deal with NH, to string
power lines across the bridge and provde NH with free power for the navigation
lights. So the current owners are still in trouble over this. They now want
Central Hudson to remove the unused power lines and brackets but so far the
utility company has not responded. The group claims, the wires distort the
appearance of the bridge. So, with all this going up, may be resolved by NS if
they go through with the plan. It gives them a good New England route from Port
Jervis area as well as Croxton since there is no other Hudson River rail
I have not been to Pittsfield since '77 so I cannot
comment on HTR's rails there. Last picture I saw showed two HTR GP35's coming
off the NYC ADAMS SECONDARY TRACK from North Adams crossing the crossovers on
the B&A to their own line. What would HTR do at Danbury?
There is nothing here but the museum in the ex-yard. With
NS running there, there would be no need for HTR to interchange there since NS
would run through to Shelton Jct and up Waterbury Branch to Hartford. Who knows,
maybe NS who already has rights over GRS may use the Conn River Line into East
Deerfield to reach Boston.
NS has a good relationship serving local customers on
their own as well as through their Thorobred Service contract service with short
lines that have engines pained NS Black with the horse logo and no "NS" name
making them appear as Ex-NS units. CR similarly had a CE Express service with
some short lines.
We'll you'll never see electric freight power again since
diesels are more universal and can be used in and out of electreic territory
where electrics are dedicated to one line.
> Here's an interesting reprint of a
Poughkeepsie Journal report on the fire:
> Don't get me wrong, I would love to see freight traffic restored to
> Maybrook line. I would also like to see freight motors hauling
> trains under the wires through New Haven. (Try that with an AEM-7
> just not holding my breath...
Gene Fusco | (970)
> S/W Development | Why do I take pictures of
> LSI Logic Inc. | Because they're
too big to take home.
> Fort Collins CO.
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