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Date: 02/18/24 18:10
Amtrak ballast trains travelling over Metro-North
Author: twropr

On Feb. 13 there was a post of an Amtrak ACS-64 pulling hoppers past the South Norwalk railcam at 1:44 am.   I learned that Amtrak is hauling ballast in its hoppers
from the quarries east of Old Saybrook, CT - most likely Pine Orchard.  This may be ballast used for the additional tracks being built for the Penn Station Access Project
on the Hell Gate Line.  I also learned that the ACS motors can be modified to handle freight.
Andy



Date: 02/18/24 18:49
Re: Amtrak ballast trains travelling over Metro-North
Author: goduckies

twropr Wrote:
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> On Feb. 13 there was a post of an Amtrak ACS-64
> pulling hoppers past the South Norwalk railcam at
> 1:44 am.   I learned that Amtrak is hauling
> ballast in its hoppers
> from the quarries east of Old Saybrook, CT - most
> likely Pine Orchard.  This may be ballast used
> for the additional tracks being built for the Penn
> Station Access Project
> on the Hell Gate Line.  I also learned that the
> ACS motors can be modified to handle freight.
> Andy

Wow they are spreading ballast... fascinating...


That's never eeeeeever done.

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Date: 02/19/24 06:10
Re: Amtrak ballast trains travelling over Metro-North
Author: Lackawanna484

I don't know if the Pine Orchard tracks are still accessible, but th the area used to be great for watching Tilcon switchers work the yard and the docks.

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