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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 Sun May 6 13:35:50 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by Joe V on Sun May 6 13:14:02 2012.

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Well for one, those bridges have not carried train traffic in quite some time, especially when you consider the weight of M-7s, and plus it'd have to be able to accommodate the DE/DM engines in case they should have to be run there, and the weight of the DE/DM engines have already caused stressing to other structures as well as track (all of which I heard from an LIRR track foreman), so it'd be safe to say structures which have not seen a train in some 60 years+ might not be able to handle the load, not to mention they have all been subject to weathering, and corrosion, and had you properly seen the plate girders bridges over Jamaica Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Yellowstone Blvd, they are not in the best of shape to handle newer, heavier trains at current day high traffic frequencies. I am sure before any consideration of service reinstatement on the line, such inspections would certainly need to be done, and I'm quite certain those bridges would indeed have to be replaced, and with the condition of the viaduct along 99th street, a complete teardown and rebuild would certainly be warranted.

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