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Re: PC: Harmon NY -> was 20th Century Limited
- Subject: Re: PC: Harmon NY -> was 20th Century Limited
- From: "Peter King" <FSHOBBY@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 10:58:02 -0500
I was through there on Saturday, looks like they have
already started construction. Aside from the loss of
the old shop building, the placement of the new one
would seem to block a good portion of the yard that's
visible from the platforms now. If the location of the
old building becomes part of the yard, that won't be
easily visible from the platform, it's too far north.
(Although it will be visible from the upper parking
lot.) I do remember the old station, before high-level
platforms. The platforms were LONG! They extended
about as far south as they do now, and much further
north. (Beyond the bridge over the yard.)
I had a good laugh when they built those condos north
of the station. They were quite expensive for the
time, even not considering that they were sandwiched
between 2 busy rail yards, Metro North's PCB pit, and
the county dump. If I remember correctly, after a
couple of years of poor sales, they were drastically
reduced in price. Of course, with the state of real
estate in Westchester these days, I have no doubt tha
they are expensive once again.
Robert Holzweiss wrote:
>For those interested in photographing the "Old"
Harmon shops, get your pictures while you can. Metro
North has planned an ambitious rebuilding of the
entire yard complex. The plan includes the demolition
of the main shop building and the construction of a
new, smaller building to the south near where the
fueling pad is presently located. The new arrangement
will significantly rearrange the trackage around the
shops moving most maintenance functions (in addition
to the locomotive servicing) further to the south to
reduce the noise pollution for those expensive condos
located along the water at the north end of the yard.
As an aside, you get to the condos by crossing the
tracks at the same location as the former turning loop
installed to permit steam locos coming in from the
north to back around the loop to the round house(es).
Although the original bridge has been replaced, the
foundation of the old bridge supports the new bridge.
>In just the past 10 years Harmon has drastically
changed with elimination of lineside signals,
replacement of the bridge crossing the shop leads,
realignment of mainline tracks through the yard,
closing of JD Tower between Harmon and Croton North,
and the drastic reduction in freight activity at
Croton North due to the closing of the Tarrytown GM
plant. Demolition of the main shop building will be
the final blow.
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