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Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line

Posted by Train Man Paul : Metro-North's Best Conductor FOR ALL 3 LINES!!! on Sat May 5 22:46:34 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by ClearAspect on Thu May 3 21:38:24 2012.

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The costs of rebuilding this line alone would be astronomical!! I mean let's think about:

1. Cost of rebuilding ALL the bridges and structures along the right of way to where they can support heavy cars like M-7s and possibly DE/DM engines

2. Cost of roadbed renewal, since multiple portions of this line have suffered major erosion, washouts, not to mention having to completely remove the thousands of trees which have overgrown and retaken the right of way

3. Cost of complete track component replacement and renewal, plus the costs of building CPs (control points; to turn service, reroute to other tracks, etc.)

4. Cost of fully installing the ASC and cab signal signal system with full compliance to the PTC federal requirements

5. Planning and building of stations, parking facilities for each, land purchases for such projects, etc.

6. Any consideration of equipment storage tracks and locations at the terminal, land acquisition should this be planned, etc.

The costs alone will forever keep opening this line for any kind of rail service buried!! And yes, with the capacities of Penn already full to the brim, and the limited amount of space the GCT ESA terminal for the LIRR will have added to the service that will be running there already once it is opened, this rail line more than likely will NEVER host a train over it again!!



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