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Moodna viaduct?

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So i hear this line is generally in need of rebuilding, and that rebuilding is underway, and that MNRR will eventually purchase the line from NS.

 

Ok, but what is the state of the moodna viaduct? I've seen photos of the footings, and they don't look good. Are there plans to rebuild the footings? What is their current status?

 

When will the viaduct be able to take trains at full speed?

 

- A

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Nothing will happen, both railroads are happy with the current agreement no need for change when it comes to ownership right now. As for the bridge not sure what they plan on doing on a side note if any of you ever have the time I say take a train ride up that way definitely worth it.

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Nothing will happen, both railroads are happy with the current agreement no need for change when it comes to ownership right now. As for the bridge not sure what they plan on doing on a side note if any of you ever have the time I say take a train ride up that way definitely worth it.

 

For a few weeks (or months?) they had a 10 mph slow order due to 2 deficient timbers. Currently the speed is 60 on one end and 70 on the other end (i forget which), and 30 on the bridge. I just think that rebuilding the footings and replacing some key support elements (putting the viaduct OOS for at least a month) would allow 70 mph operation end to end. The engineering behind the viaduct is sound, however the physical structure needs lots of work.

 

As for the NS/MNRR ownership, i am pretty sure that MNRR will purchase out right once a certain level of repair is reached on the structure, since there is no way (MTA) can afford to fix it by itself, whereas NS is more than able to afford the needed overhaul.

 

I guess we will see. Any additional information & photos from the ground of the structure/footings would be appreciated. :tup:

 

- A

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Having talked to top guy at MN West of Hudson operations just recently, the feeling is now is not a good time to think about buying the line. Like I said and he backed me up both Railroads seem to be fine with how things are working between them right now. The viaduct however does need alot of work, when the weather gets better I'll take a drive up that way and do some photographing of the structure and the surrounding area. I make this trip a few times a year, not so much for the trains but for the scenery with the viaduct.

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Having talked to top guy at MN West of Hudson operations just recently, the feeling is now is not a good time to think about buying the line. Like I said and he backed me up both Railroads seem to be fine with how things are working between them right now. The viaduct however does need alot of work, when the weather gets better I'll take a drive up that way and do some photographing of the structure and the surrounding area. I make this trip a few times a year, not so much for the trains but for the scenery with the viaduct.

 

Cool!:tup: Thanks for the additional info!

 

- A

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Well there goes getting nice shots with all the construction equipment in the way when it shows up...I think its dumb to scale this project back they should just do all the work but alas there is no $$$ for that.

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I've never even seen this thing in person (aside from Freds wonderful photos). Scenery that good to warrant a visit once the weather warms up?

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Yes its a beautiful area. Get up there before the construction equipment gets there! I know I will! Its also worth the train ride over it but that can be done anytime.

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I've never even seen this thing in person (aside from Freds wonderful photos). Scenery that good to warrant a visit once the weather warms up?

 

Oh yeah, go for it. It's best driven and there's a nice little park right underneath the viaduct for some cool views as well as the ones up from the hill.

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Please post links to any posts with photos & info here, as this can become the project information thread. Once the improvement project starts i will re-name the thread and stick it.

 

- A

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Oh yeah, go for it. It's best driven and there's a nice little park right underneath the viaduct for some cool views as well as the ones up from the hill.

 

Is there somewhere to park your car around, I looked on Google Maps but couldn't really tell...

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You're best off bringing a map, getting up there early and doing a little recon of the roads and stuff. It's really not that big an area but would still help you with those logistics. This is one of those things that I could drive you to exact spots but can't for the life of me write them down :confused: At any rate, the roads are pretty much rural and parking is on the side of the road, catch as catch can.

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Well if it's rural than parking on the road wouldn't be a big deal. I'd definitely have a map and a GPS though, that's for sure.

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I've never even seen this thing in person (aside from Freds wonderful photos). Scenery that good to warrant a visit once the weather warms up?

 

If you have seen the movie Michael Clayton, the main character's car blows up right in its shadow.

 

The view is breathtaking.

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If you have seen the movie Michael Clayton, the main character's car blows up right in its shadow.

 

The view is breathtaking.

 

Nah, not a George Clooney fan. If you saw Syriana, then you know which scene I liked the most. :)

 

You're right though, the view does look worthy of a drive up there.

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