21st Century Long Island Freight

Today, in 2020, NYAR has only one active customer on the Port Jeff line: Kleet Lumber. Virtually none throughout Nassau county unless somebody moves again to the Hicksville Team yard. The Central Branch has one world recycling which ships out C&D, and takes in stone and lumber. All the other costumers on Central Branch are gone along with West Hempstead and Montauk Branch (Freeport team). Thus, leaving the mainline with the bulk freight activity out in Suffolk. NYA controls the Bayridge and Bushwick Branch tracks with perhaps growth potential.
 
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LIRR 'Green' locomotives on the way - Newsday 9/26/2018 Archive: Dave Morrison
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LIRR Should Run Own Freight Service - Newsday 3/06/2018 Archive: Dave Morrison
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Farmingdale - Coastal Distribution, LLC   

The New York & Atlantic RR services Coastal Distribution; a transload facility for construction and demolition debris (C&D).  It is built on the previous LIRR site of an existing wye that extended north of the main line.  

Coastal is one of NY&A's largest customers. It loads about 10-15 gondolas 6 days a week. I believe it has its own trucks (I've seen at least 5 tractor trailers) and its own railcars (CDEX cars). It is an empties-in/loads-out operation.

It may recycle some metal found in the debris that the tractor trailers bring in, but the majority of the waste is C&D (sheetrock, lumber, etc.)  This is what the corrugated steel shed on the east leg of the wye houses. The trucks dump their loads and then in it is loaded by grapple and loaders into the high side gondolas for disposal in landfills. (Sent to Ohio, I believe.)

The west wye leg crosses New Highway and enters the fenced property through a gate.  Coastal Distribution. However, currently, switching is performed on the east leg of the wye only. Loads are pulled out, then the empties are shoved in, both on the east leg of the wye. It doesn't make sense to put the emptied through the west leg, as the engines are on the wrong end of the drag. Usually the job that switches coastal takes care of business there, then either continues east to Wyandanch to switch the container customer before heading back west, or they just run around at Farmingdale and head back from there.

A new longer siding has been laid north of the team track and it looks like it extends far enough west to reach a sand and gravel lot. 

The wye goes back to the early 20th century, c.1916, when Bloch and Guggenheimer (B&G) Pickle's siding occupied the west wye leg site area followed by Republic Aviation during WW II, when in full swing, building fighter planes for the war effort. As the LIRR rules prevented steam engines from running tender first on the main line, the wye was essential for turning them for the westbound runs. The building was later used as a warehouse. 


Farmingdale wye - Coastal Distribution, LLC aerial 
Note: Abandoned ex-B&G Pickles/Republic siding prior to raze in 3/2013
 

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Farmingdale track view E
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NYA Farmingdale at New Highway Map 3/20/2013 Note: Indicates previous razed B&G siding
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West view Farmingdale wye
3/18/2013
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Farmingdale new switch view W 
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Coastal Distribution gate west leg of wye view NE across New Hwy. 3-18-2013
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Coastal Distribution view S 3/23/2013
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Farmingdale turnout ready for installation view W 3/23/2013
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Farmingdale concrete plant view W end of new sidings 3/23/20133
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Coastal Distribution view S 3/23/2013
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Farmingdale wye view W the old and new turnout for the teamtrack 3/18/2013
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Farmingdale wye view W new siding for Coastal Distribution 3/18/2013
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Farmingdale switch into concrete siding view E  3/23/2013
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Farmingdale concrete plant view W  from New Hwy 3/23/2013
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Farmingdale concrete plant off loading site under construction view W  3/23/2013
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Farmingdale concrete plant 
view NW  3/23/2013
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Farmingdale ex-B&G Pickle Co. and Republic Warehouse view E  3/23/2013
Note: The previous razed siding loading docks.
All photo/information above Steven Rothaug, unless otherwise noted 

Blissville
 
NYA #106, #159 Blissville Yard View NW 9/06/2009 Photo/Archive: Dietrich Ryan

NYA #106, #159 under Greenpoint Ave. Blissville 9/06/2009 Photo/Archive: Dietrich Ryan

Blissville 10/30/2021 concrete pad pour in place.

A Waste Management shuttlewagon hauls a cut of empty trash containers from Bliss Yard towards the Review Avenue transfer facility along the Lower Montauk Line in Long Island City at Greenpoint Avenue.  5/02/2022 view N Photo/Archive: Greg Grice

Blissville - ZemRock sign View NW 5/13/2022

Blissville 5/13/2022

Blissville office - SOXX hoppers  5/13/2022

 

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LIRR #271 & 156 1/24/2001 Pine Aire, Train RS60 Photo: William Skeats
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NYA #151 and NYA #101 eastbound Smithtown  10/2001 Photo: John Volpi
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NYA #261 & # 151 with the  Railbox car 
have been turned.  The train backs up to couple 
up to the remaining cars. 2/04/2006
Photo: John Volpi
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Pulver Gas Bridgehampton Plant & Fuel Station 
Sign Photo: Mike McDermet
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RS #303 Amco Plastics, Farmingdale 1/15/2005
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NYA #151 Deer Park, Train RS40 done switching Southern Container and Tanger Outlets C&D-tree waste 03/01/2007 Photo: William J. Skeats
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Islip westbound at ex-84 Lumber 3/16/2012 
Photo: Glen Johnson
 
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Carfloat #278 with 14 car load, 40 min. trip 11/13/2014 Photo: Richard Perry -  NY Times
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NYA 65th St. View E 11/13/2014
Photo: Richard Perry -  NY Times

PARACO GAS

Paraco Gas Riverhead view N 2017
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Paraco Gas view E 1/27/2017
Photo: Steve Rothaug
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Paraco Gas propane tanks view E 1/27/2017
Photo: Steve Rothaug


Riverhead - Paraco Gas at MP71-72
NYA #261 train RS71  3/04/2019
Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats

 
Paraco has three spots for  LPG tank car unloading on their siding; located at 44 Kroemer Ave., Riverhead. The eight white tanks have a capacity of 30,000 gallons of propane, but are not filled all the way to allow for expansion. I was told they are filled with about 28,000 gallons. Info: Steve Rothaug
RS70 arrives at MP71 to switch out Paraco gas in Riverhead NY. After they cleared the Kromer Ave crossing, the engineer switched ends to the 261, got their new Form A card and Form K card from Divide and switched out Paraco gas. Paraco employees wasted no time unloading the tank cars once they were spotted in the siding.
Photo/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

Calverton - After switching out Paraco Gas, 2/21/2022 RS71 makes it way back to Pine Aire Yard.  Photo/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

 RS71 with pickup of 3 empty center beams from Sherwood lumber on the way back. 2/21/2022
Photo/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

KO11E is famous as the last manual block position light signal in the country. 2/21/2022
Photo/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

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NYA MP15ACs #151,155 American Lumber, Holtsville 12/09/2006 Photo: William Skeats
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NYA #151 Paraco Gas, Riverhead 12/14/2006 Photo: William Skeats
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Glenwood Mason Supply Co., Glenwood 10/16/17 Photo: Greg Grice
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Manhattan Beer Distributors, Ridgewood 8/12/2017 Photo: Greg Grice
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NYA #270, #155 picking up 2 empties at Yong's Siding, Southold 8/24/2004
Photo: John Volpi
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NYA PR20b #300-301 One World Recycling 2017 Photo: Daniel Foran
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NYA RS-20B #300-301 Waste Management, Brooklyn 12/31/2017 Photo: Marc Glucksman

Last moves of the year. The New York and Atlantic Railway RS-20 brought a cut of Waste Management refuse cars to Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Progress Rail PR20B pair 300-301 are the newest engines on the NY&A and are a popular target when running together. Marc Glucksman

 

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NYA GP-38 #271, RS-20 #268 at Manhattan Beer Distributors, Ridgewood 1/07/2018
Photo: Marc Glucksman

The MTA NYC Transit Bus Grand Ave. Depot in the background. NYA GP-38 #271 leads #268 as they shove back into the warehouse with loaded box cars. These units served passengers for over two decades on the MTA LIRR before accruing almost as much time on their present assignment in freight service. Marc Glucksman


NYA GP38-2 #271 - Train  RS61 Holbrook 11/08/2001 Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats

The crew is heading back to Pine Aire after switching customers east of Ronkonkoma.
 


NYA GP38-2 #271 MP15AC #156
Train  RS60 Ronkonkoma View W 2/06/2001
Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats

Possible Propane for Paraco in Riverhead.


NYA GP38-2 #261 - Train  RS60 Holtsville 12/15/2001 Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats

The 261 is in the lead with 6 empties from Southern Container and MP15AC #156.

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NYA MP15AC #155-156 Bay Ridge 1/14/2018 View W Photo: Marc Glucksman

Float on! The car floats of the NYNJ RR at the Brooklyn Army Terminal serve as a modern to link to mostly forgotten form of transportation. Freight cars from Bayonne, NJ arrive by barge, and are mostly transferred to the New York and Atlantic Railway. On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the NY&A made an unusual Sunday 
daylight run down the Bay Ridge Branch to make an exchange of cars with MP15ACs #155-156.


NYA train RS60 the Pine Aire based freight has entered AH siding in Calverton waiting for the LIRR Train to Riverhead to pass. GP38-2ís leased from MTA to NYA in 1999. First green scheme #261, #268, and #270 were painted in 1999. #271 was painted in the memorial  scheme in 2001. Calverton 9/13/2002 Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats
 


NYA GP38-2 #268 - Train RS30 Bridgehampton - Pulver Gas View NE 1/26/2001 Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats

Train RS30 is pulling empty tank cars from Pulver Gas on the North Freight track.


LIRR MP15AC #150 leads a welded rail train just east of Rosedale Station on the Atlantic Branch. The train spent the weekend dropping rail throughout the Atlantic Branch. 1/25/2020. Photo/Archive: Greg Grice

RS40 NYA #156 at B Tower with 19 cars for construction & demolition (C&D) waste loading at One World Recycling 5/04/2021
Photo/Archive: Dan Foran

RS41 NYA #156 heading back to Fresh Pond Yard from One World Recycling in North Lindenhurst on the Central Branch at DIVIDE. View SW 5/07/2021 Photo: Jeff Erlitz

RS40 NYA #156 One World Recycling 5/07/2021 Photo/Archive: Thomas Farmer

RS70/71 NYA #159 Yaphank - View W 5/09/2021 Photo/Archive: Craig Lignelli

RS70/71 NYA #159 Yaphank - View SE 5/09/2021 Photo/Archive: Craig Lignelli

RS70/71 NYA #159 Yaphank - View E 5/09/2021 Photo/Archive: Craig Lignelli

RS70 westbound at MP73.2 LD siding, Riverhead, waiting for Train 250 to pass before proceeding west to switch Paraco Gas 8/03/2021 Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

MTA LIRR Train #6469 with Kawasaki M9 #9051 passes the Rail Train with LI #163 (MP15AC, 4/1977) near Bayside on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The rail train was dropping welded rail between Little Neck and Bayside as part of ongoing work projects on the Port Washington Branch. Photo/Archive: Marc Glucksman

RS71 NYA #156 hauling contaminated soil from Brookhaven National Lab to Fresh Pond.  Mineola 5/22/2021
Photo/Archive: Thomas Farmer

RS71 NYA #271 trailing 5/29/2021 Photo/Archive: Patrick Hines

They still had one extra centerbeam to drop off
at Roberts Plywood in Deer Park


Medford Team Track

NYA GP38-2 #270 - Train  RS60 Medford 2/06/2003 Photo/Archive: William J. Skeats

Switching Medford Team Track. Delivery for Triangle Lumber.

 


RS70/71 at Medford Team Track later to runaround at Yaphank 5/20/2021 Photo/Archive: Dan Foran


NYA #271, #268 Medford Team Track 3/27/2022 Photo/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

Medford Team Track - 2022 Google maps

Gershow Recycling

Gershow Recycling, Medford view W 2021 Photo/Archive: Gregory Nelson


Gershow new siding install  view E 12/2021


Medford  new siding at X. Google maps 2021

 


CIT EMD GP38-2 CIT #402 NYA #270 6/02/2021 Photo/Archive: Dan Foran
 

RS71 sand outbound freight KO 6/02/2021 Photo/Archive: Dan Foran Wednesday's NYA RS70/71 with two very unusually seen foreign visitors! Seen here on the consist returning from Brookhaven Rail Terminal was two Grand River Railway 3281 two bay hoppers.
 

RS71 passing through KO with CIT #402 sandwiched between NYA 159 and 270 sand outbound.  6/02/2021 Photo/Archive: Dan Foran

 

NYA MP15Ac #151 6/23/2021
Photo/Archive: Greg Grice

 
NYA "Visits Lady Liberty" on the afternoon of June 23rd, 2021. (above right) New York & Atlantic Railway MP15AC 151 is seen passing the Statue of Liberty and iconic Manhattan skyline as it traverses the New York Harbor on one of New York New Jersey Rail's car float barges. The locomotive is on its way to Metro East Industries in East St. Louis, Illinois for rebuild, upgrades and repaint.  New York New Jersey (NYNJ) Rail's Marine Rail Division serves as bridge route for freight rail traffic moving across the Hudson River between Greenville, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York. It is one of the last remaining car float operations in North America.  Greg Grice

NYA RS41 CIT #402 at School St., Westbury 11/12/2021 Photo/Archive: Chris Medina

NYA #156 Train RS91 westbound at MP29.10 Syosset 11/17/2021 Photo/Archive: Jeff Erlitz

NYA #156 reversing past MP59 to Nicolia Ready Mix to drop loads and pick up empties. 12/04/2021 Photo/Archive: Dan Foran

NYA RS70 reversing move on the Calverton Spur delivery to Eastern Fence 12/05/2021
Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

NYA #300 train RS40 is seen rounding the curve about to pass over the Merritts Road crossing with 12 loaded stone cars and a lumber car bound for Pineaire yard. Centerbeam was for Marjam, stone was for Astro, and Roberts Plywood after stopping at Pine Aire. 1/22/2022
Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

LI  freight via rail Looking to Expand 12/19/2021 NEWSDAY

Roberts Plywood - Deer Park
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NYA #155, #151 Roberts Plywood, Deer Park  View NW 3/20/2022
Photo/Archive: Ronnie Schnepf


Roberts Plywood, Deer Park  2022 map Google

NYA #270 switching Robert's Plywood 2005 Photo/Archive: William Skeets


NYA working Robert's Plywood 3/09/2010 Photo/Archive: William Skeet


ELM Global Logistics - Brentwood
Facility/Business - Warehousing and transload facility handles various commodities as a third-party logistics provider - Commodities - Food, Paper Products, Lumber and Panel Products

TBOX #642703 at ELM Global Logistics, Emjay Siding, Brentwood 1/29/2022 Photo/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

ELM Global Logistics, Emjay Blvd. siding, Brentwood  Google 2022

Eastern Wholesale Fence - Calverton

Calverton Runaround view W 12/05/2021 
Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

Eastern Wholesale Fence, Calverton 2022 map Google

NYA #156 - Eastern Fence view NW
12/05/2021 Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

NYA #156, #159 Eastern Fence 12/05/2021  Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

NYA #159 - Eastern Fence view NW
12/05/2021 Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

NYA #151, #155 Burman Blvd., Calverton
3/21/2022  Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

Calverton Runaround NYA #151, #155 View W 3/21/2022  Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

NYA #155, #151 - View E Runaround Calverton 3/21/2022
Photo/Archive: Daniel Foran

 RS70 - Pine Aire Yard, out to YA siding (Yaphank)

After making the run around move at YA, the Geeps tie back onto their train to head west to Brookhaven Rail Terminal.

 

After arriving in the yard, the crew picks up a freshly painted yellow 60 foot TBOX boxcar for Roberts plywood and will shove the outbound cars from Brookhaven onto the former Pilgrim State Hospital track.

A nice surprise was to see a Pan Am Railways box car parked on the outbound track.

The Pan Am car was an interesting one since it still had it's Boston & Maine reporting marks.

After clearing the pilgrim switch to the west end, the crew shoves the empties onto the siding.

Spotting the TBOX boxcar for Robert's Plywood.

After spotting the boxcar, the crew makes its way back to the main through the valley of trailers. After they enter the main, they will continue west to Farmingdale to switch out Costal.
"Little Bit of Sun, Little Bit of Clouds"

Today's RS70 job, 3/27/2022., as the crew ran from Pine Aire Yard, out to YA siding (Yaphank) with cars in tow for Brookhaven Rail Terminal. Afterwards, the crew returned to the yard and headed west to switch out Robert's Plywood in Deer Park and Costal Distribution in Farmingdale.
Photos/Archive: Benjamin Lederer

Another Mainline run for the RS40 crew brings them eastbound up the slight grade leaving Farm Interlocking. Seen to the left of the frame is the Village of Farmingdale's aging water tower. Instead of a $2 Million rehabilitation, the Village trustees voted to erect a new 500,000 gallon tank to replace it. Maintenance costs will now be much lower and the residents of Farmingdale Village will continue to have clean drinking water for years to come. Taken 6/20/2022 Joseph Tischner