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Saturday, July 9, 2016
This week's Railroad Operations on the N.Y.C.T.L.
Today's blog entry is a bit photo extensive and covers about a weeks worth of railroad ops on the N.Y.C.T.L. It's a bit long so a cup of coffee and comfortable seat will definitely help. Let's take a look;
First train into Empire City this week was Train ML-7 powered by 4 GP35s with cars for the
Empire City Ford Plant.
Boxcars loaded with auto parts are on the head end
Empty Auto Racks are in block 2
My entire fleet of auto racks making up block 2 of ML-7. A NYC 40' boxcar is both a track cleaning car and being used as a buffer car between the 89' auto rack and the caboose.
The four GP35s powering ML-7 roll thru the shelf portion of the layout known as industry city or shelf city. This area is still in need of a better name.
Four empty NYC 60' boxcars being pulled from Ford
Three boxcars from Acme Auto Parts in Mayfield NY are spotted at Ford
The just in time delivery of auto parts is completed. The auto racks will be spotted later on request of the Ford Plant Car Shipping Supervisor
Next train in is Train VN-4 (Selkirk Yard to Terminal Yard) with EMD FP7 and ALCO C424 for power
Cars for Empire City industries in block 1
Steel loads going to Mid Island Steel in Medford NY will be interchanged with the L.I.R.R.
Block 2 of VN-4
Passing Niles Tower and switching over to track 3. Newly painted caboose 18418 on tail end of ML-7 sits on track 2 as they ready the auto racks for placement at Ford in the background.
Rolling past Hostess / Wonder Bread towards Terminal Yard
Beginning the climb to Terminal Yard
And arriving on time at 1900 hrs
The next train movement is EC-1 also known as the Empire City Turn
1st and 2nd generation EMD power are in charge of the train today
A panoramic view of EC-1 entering Empire City
EC-1 is bloated today with 17 cars for the L.I.R.R. that will be interchanged at North Side Yard
The 3 unit power lash up has the train moving slowly and steadily towards North Side Yard. Block 1 from VN-4 includes the two flat cars with steel slabs for the L.I.R.R. and the three NYC boxcars.
The EL and PC boxcars round out the cars brought down in yesterday's VN-4
Passing the Hohman Ave tower and entering North Side Yard
EC-1 makes it early morning arrival at North Side Yard
A pretty empty Yard has filled up with EC-1 needing to double over two tracks to accommodate it's train.
The power has run around and is now coupling onto it's caboose as their is still a bit of work to be done.
The crew was a little sloppy this morning leaving the car cards and uncoupling pick in the photo.
This 40' A.P.R.R. boxcar is spotted as a buffer at the head end of the cars heading to Long Island
EC-1 leaving North Side Yard and passing Hohman Ave tower
and getting the all clear from tower operator 1/87th scale Larry D.
EC-1 has pulled past Niles Tower and is now shoving back towards All City Storage
The three NYC boxcars with appliances from Peerless Appliance being spotted at All-City Storage
Some switching has the two B&O cars cars out of the way and the third NYC car is shoved to the freight door. All-City Storage is an older building built when the 40' boxcar was the norm so it's two loading doors will not accommodate the 50'ers. No problem as they are spotted at the outside freight platform. The forklift drivers will use a steel plate to cross from the outside platform to the car at the door and enter the building that way. A common practice.
EC-1 all coupled together and heading back to Terminal Yard
Back at Empire City the Empire Belt train crew is none other than 1/87th scale Engineer Ed and
1/87th scale Sir Neal Himself. Here they are exchanging pleasantries and/ or insults with the Hohman Ave tower operator 1/87th scale Larry D.
The crew also gets the word that the L.I.R.R. is due in this afternoon .
The Empire Belt power for today is rail fan favorite A.P.R.R. #358 and a NYC GP40 #3067
They have cautiously coupled up and started pulling today's cars which consist of high quality cases of scotch in the PC car and cases of soda in the EL car. A derailment here could result in an all night party with scotch and soda mixed couresty of E.E. and Sir Neal. The cars are consigned to Ralph's Grocery Warehouse
The crew shoves slowly into the Gervais Pipe and Ralph's Grocery Warehouse siding
The two gons with pipe loads are outbound from Gervais Pipe and Fitting and
destined for the Mid Hudson Valley Ag COOP.
With the outbound cars out of the way the inbound cars are shoved back towards
Ralph's Grocery Warehouse.
PC car with cases of scotch, EL car with cases of soda and an REA car with...ice? are spotted at Ralph's
1/87th scale PC Ralph has come out to chat with the E.B. crew and gets the time honored "come on up"
The E.B.R.R. now switches out Cargill with 1/87th scale E.E. on the front platform
and 1/87th scale Bobby G hard at work in the Gervais Pipe yard.
The Empire Belt train is held at Hohman Ave as the L.I.R.R. makes it's scheduled appearance
The L.I.R.R. crew enters the yard from the east side to tack the caboose onto their train
The E.B. crew gives the outbound train L.I.R.R. train a roll by inspection while the tower operator gives them a high ball.
An A.P.R.R. boxcar, steel loads from Kings Port Steel and other freight cars head for points east.
The day's work is done and the guys talk it over.
Tomorrow they'll switch the yard and make the Terminal Yard transfer run.