21st Century Long Island Freight

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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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New York & Atlantic Railway - Railroads Illustrated April, 2012 Photos/Article: William Skeats


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
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Farmingdale new switch view W 
from New Hwy 3-23-13
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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 3-18-2013
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Farmingdale turnout ready for installation view W 3-18-2013
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Farmingdale concrete plant view W end of new sidings 03-23-13
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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 3-23-13
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Farmingdale concrete plant view W  from New Hwy 03-23-13
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Farmingdale concrete plant off loading site under construction view W 03-23-13
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Farmingdale concrete plant 
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Farmingdale ex-B&G Pickle Co. and Republic Warehouse view E 3-23-13
Note: The previous razed siding loading docks.
All photo/information above Steven Rothaug, unless otherwise noted 
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LIRR #271 & 156 1/24/01 Pine Aire, Train RS60 - Don C. 
cleaning number boards and lights as Jay E. looks on. 
Photo: William Skeats
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NYA #151and 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. 02/04/06 
Photo: John Volpi
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Pulver Gas Bridgehampton Plant & Fuel Station 
Sign Photo: Mike McDermet
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NYA #106, #159 Blissville Yard View NW 09-06-09
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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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NYA #106, #159 Under Greenpoint Ave. Blissville 09-06-09
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Islip westbound at ex-84 Lumber 3/16/12 
Photo: Glen Johnson
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RS #303 Amco Plastics, Farmingdale 1/15/05
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Carfloat #278 with 14 car load, 40 min. trip 11/13/14 Photo: Richard Perry -  NY Times
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NYA 65th St. View E 11/13/14
Photo: Richard Perry -  NY Times

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

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

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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.

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.


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

Switching Medford Team Track. Delivery for Triangle Lumber.

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.