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Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sun Jul 23 07:37:44 2006, in response to Re: My Route Suggestion of the Old Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, posted by SUBWAYMAN on Sun Jul 23 00:07:21 2006.

disagree. The ROW looks like it is big enough to handle heavy rail.

Of course it's wide enough. It was used for heavy rail for decades. Ron seems to forget that that it is an IMPROVED grade separated rail line, that was completely rebuilt by the LIRR to grade separate it (unlike some other branches).
We are not talking about an unimproved rail line with grade crossings, like the Lower Montauk Branch (which is still an active line too, and just as narrow as the Rockaway line in some points), or completely unimproved rail lines such as the Bushwick Branch or the old Whitestone branch, etc.

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