A view of the New York Connecting Railroad right-of-way, looking geographically south. Although the line is presently single-tracked, the line was originally designed to be able to accommodate a two track road. The new railroad bridges that are being built will accommodate two tracks, as warranted by CSX.
Who knows... if the a new freight train tunnel is built connecting New Jersey and Bay Ridge Brooklyn, the old New York Connecting Railroad line may one day see a lot more freight traffic then is currently run over the line. It is good to see that CSX and New York State has provisioned the line to continue to have enough right-of-way for a two-track road.
The bridge carries 37th Street over the railroad right-of-way.
OldNYC.com contributor Paul Pesante shares with us a
picture he took along the right-of-way of the former New York Connecting Railroad (now CSX Fremont Secondary line), from the 45th Avenue
overpass just north of Queens Boulevard. According to Paul, this picture shows CSX Y-101, the Oak Point (BX) - Fresh Pond daily turn, lead by CSXT SD40-2s 8854
A view of the New York Connecting railroad right-of-way, looking geographically north. About a mile away from this site is the Hell Gate Bridge, which will carry the line in to the Bronx.
A side view of the new railroad bridge.
We have now moved on to Queens Boulevard. At this location, the New York Connecting Railroad's right-of-way is carried over the boulevard by a beautiful bridge. According to historians who were on the trip, the New York Connecting Railroad was forced by the City of New York to build an architecturally beautiful bridge for the boulevard. Apparently, the NYCRR complied, and the bridge maintains its grace to this day. The Long Island Railroad's Queens Boulevard Bridges (both Mainline and the Port Washington Branch bridges) are "regular" railroad trestles, and are not as elegant as the New York Connecting Railroad bridge.
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