Elm Park / Mariner's Harbor / Arlington

The Port Richmond viaduct ends just to the Eest of Treadwell Avenue, with the ROW proceding on an embankment to the Bayonne Bridge, where it descends into and open cut. A single track seems to be intact from here on west with some derelict vestigial station facilities and platforms, although the cut is heavily overgrown. Street bridges over the ROW have been maintained and this is likely the least expensive stretch of ROW to restore. This is also the area that will receive the greatest commuting time reductions on the line. If the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBRL) line is extended into Staten Island, the Elm Park station, just under the approach to the Bayonne Bridge on Hwy. 440, would presumably be a transfer point between the two lines.

The remnants of the Elm Park station sit under the Bayonne Bridge just to the east of Morningstar Road. They are some of the better-preserved and more visible of the NSRR station ruins.

Eastbound platform
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Eastbound platform
Platforms under the bridge
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Platforms under the bridge
Eastbound platform
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Eastbound platform
Station canopies
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Station canopies
West end of eastbound platform
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West end of eastbound platform
West end of eastbound platform
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West end of eastbound platform
Elm Park station viewed from the Southeast
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Elm Park station viewed from the Southeast
Platforms
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Platforms
Breech in eastbound platform
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Breech in eastbound platform
East end of eastbound platform
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East end of eastbound platform
ROW headed east under the Bayonne Bridge
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ROW headed east under the Bayonne Bridge
Westbound platform
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Westbound platform
Watery ROW headed west from Elm Park
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Watery ROW headed west from Elm Park

There is a pedestrian bridge over the ROW just to the east of the Elm Park station that gives a good view of the ROW in this area. The surrounding neighborhood is a mildly-decayed old working-class neighborhood and includes Port Richmond High School. Perhaps a good target for gentrification associated with a new rail line.

Densely-packed houses on Innis Street
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Densely-packed houses on Innis Street
Innis Street leading to pedestrian bridge
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Innis Street leading to pedestrian bridge
Pedestrian bridge
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Pedestrian bridge
ROW under the pedestrian bridge
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ROW under the pedestrian bridge
ROW looking west to Elm Park station
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ROW looking west to Elm Park station
ROW looking west to Elm Park station
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ROW looking west to Elm Park station
Overgrown ROW east of pedestrian bridge
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Overgrown ROW east of pedestrian bridge
Overgrown retaining wall on south side of ROW
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Overgrown retaining wall on south side of ROW
Northbound John Street dead end into ROW
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Northbound John Street dead end into ROW
Overgrown eastbound tracks passing John Street
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Overgrown eastbound tracks passing John Street
Retaining wall
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Retaining wall
Discarded shower enclosure?
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Discarded shower enclosure?
Boarded-up houses on John Street north of ROW
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Boarded-up houses on John Street north of ROW
Old and new residences on Morningstar Road
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Old and new residences on Morningstar Road
Lasalle Street headed north to the east of the Bridge
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Lasalle Street headed north to the east of the Bridge

The Bayonne Bridge features a 1,675-foot main span supported by a hyperbolic steel arch. The bridge was designed by Othmar Amman based on the design that his mentor, Gustav Lindenthal, used for the Hell Gate railroad bridge between Ward's Island and Astoria, Queens. Groundbreaking occurred on September 1, 1928 and the bridge opened to traffic on November 15, 1931. Although cantilever and suspension designs were considered, the arch design was chosen because it could accomodate proposed rail lines on the outer edges of the roadway. The rail lines never materialized as envisioned, although as of this writing in 2009 there are propoosals to bring the Hudson-Bergen light rail line over the bridge into Staten Island. There are also considerations of replacing or modifying the bridge to accomodate newer ships that exceed the 150 foot clearance above mean high water (NYCRoads 2009).

Bayonne Bridge (viewed from the southeast)
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Bayonne Bridge (viewed from the southeast)
Where parade floats come from
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Where parade floats come from
Bayonne Bridge center span
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Bayonne Bridge center span
North approach
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North approach
Center span
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Center span
View from southeast
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View from southeast
Pier spalling
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Pier spalling
No tresspassing
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No tresspassing
View across Newark Bay
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View across Newark Bay
South approach piers
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South approach piers
Underneath the arch viewed from the south
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Underneath the arch viewed from the south
View from the southwest
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View from the southwest
View from the southwest
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View from the southwest
Under the south approach looking north from Lasalle Street
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Under the south approach looking north from Lasalle Street
South approach looking north from Lasalle Street
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South approach looking north from Lasalle Street
South approach looking south from Lasalle Street
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South approach looking south from Lasalle Street
Looking north under the South approach from Innis Street
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Looking north under the South approach from Innis Street

Mariner's Harbor sits to the west of the Bayonne Bridge and, as the name implies, was home to considerible industry that supported the maritime industry. The coast was home to shipyards, steel mills and machine shops and saw substantial activity in support of WW-I and WW-II. Bethlehem Steel bought a shipyard here in 1938 and employed 12,000 during its peak in WW-II, launching destroyers and making propellers for other types of ships. Bethlehem Steel closed the shipyard in 1960 and the propeller plant in 1971. I'm not sure exactly what was where, but these are some of the buildings on the coastline to the west of the Bayonne Bridge, most seeming to still be active with light industrial activity. (GlobalSecurity.org 2009, DestroyerHistory.org 2009)

Tanks to the west of the bridge
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Tanks to the west of the bridge
Space for rent
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Space for rent
Former Bethlehem Steel propeller factory?
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Former Bethlehem Steel propeller factory?
2589 Richmond Terrace
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2589 Richmond Terrace
2589 Richmond Terrace
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2589 Richmond Terrace
2589 Richmond Terrace
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2589 Richmond Terrace
Tower - 2589 Richmond Terrace
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Tower - 2589 Richmond Terrace
2589 Richmond Terrace
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2589 Richmond Terrace
Sewer overflow - Richmond Terrace at Wright
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Sewer overflow - Richmond Terrace at Wright
For Lease / Sale - Richmond Terrace at Housman
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For Lease / Sale - Richmond Terrace at Housman
Dock remnant - Richmond Terrace at Wright
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Dock remnant - Richmond Terrace at Wright
Guard dog?!
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Guard dog?!
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.
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Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.
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Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.
VIlla Marin GM dealership
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VIlla Marin GM dealership

The ROW proceeds west from the Bayonne Bridge in a shallow trench, crossed by a number of street bridges. The surrounding neighborhoods are fairly dense mixed industrial and sturdy old residential.

Lasalle at Winant
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Lasalle at Winant
Lasalle at Winant
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Lasalle at Winant
Granite Ave bridge over ROW
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Granite Ave bridge over ROW
Looking east down ROW from Granite Ave
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Looking east down ROW from Granite Ave
Looking west down ROW from Granite Ave
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Looking west down ROW from Granite Ave
Industrial building on Walker Street
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Industrial building on Walker Street
Back of industrial building on Lake Street
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Back of industrial building on Lake Street
Contemporary row houses on Granite Ave north of Walker
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Contemporary row houses on Granite Ave north of Walker
Light industrial street on Granite Ave south of Walker
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Light industrial street on Granite Ave south of Walker
West Shore Little League ballpark
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West Shore Little League ballpark
Contemporary row houses - SW corner of Lake at Walker
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Contemporary row houses - SW corner of Lake at Walker
Warehouse - NE corner of Lake at Walker
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Warehouse - NE corner of Lake at Walker
Contemporary townhouses - Lake St south of Walker
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Contemporary townhouses - Lake St south of Walker
Available warehouse - Lake Street
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Available warehouse - Lake Street
Art Moderne - 141 Lake
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Art Moderne - 141 Lake
141 Lake
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141 Lake
125 Lake - light industry
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125 Lake - light industry

The Lake Avenue station sat between Lake Street and Simonson Street. It is not slated for reactivation.

Lake St. Station
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Lake St. Station
Lake St. Station
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Lake St. Station
Lake St. Station
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Lake St. Station
ROW headed east from Lake Avenue
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ROW headed east from Lake Avenue
Inactive power lines along the ROW at Lake Avenue.
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Inactive power lines along the ROW at Lake Avenue.
West ends of Lake Avenue Station platforms
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West ends of Lake Avenue Station platforms
Single track running through Lake Avenue Station
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Single track running through Lake Avenue Station
Simonson Avenue bridge over ROW
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Simonson Avenue bridge over ROW
Single track headed west from Simonson Avenue
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Single track headed west from Simonson Avenue
Overgrown ROW headed west from Simonson Avenue
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Overgrown ROW headed west from Simonson Avenue

Mariner's Harbor north of the ROW up to the bay is an area of well-maintained older single family homes and some new contextually-sensitive infill development, which is surprising given the remoteness of the area and proximity to industry. If I'd had a chance to come out here on a sunny day, the photos might have had a more Rockwellian character.

Townhouses on Lake Avenue.
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Townhouses on Lake Avenue.
Lake Avenue headed north toward the coast
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Lake Avenue headed north toward the coast
New townhouses
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New townhouses
Mixed age development
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Mixed age development
2672 Richmond Terrace
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2672 Richmond Terrace
Townhouses on Wright Avenue
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Townhouses on Wright Avenue
42 Simonson Avenue
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42 Simonson Avenue
43 Simonson Avenue
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43 Simonson Avenue
Van Name at Heusden Street
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Van Name at Heusden Street
Van Name Avenue bridge over ROW
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Van Name Avenue bridge over ROW
Heusden Street running parallel on south edge of ROW
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Heusden Street running parallel on south edge of ROW

Mariner's Harbor was a center-platform station that sat between Van Pelt Avenue and Erastina Place.

Mariner's Harbor station
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Mariner's Harbor station
Mariner's Harbor station
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Mariner's Harbor station
Van Pelt Ave. bridge over ROW
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Van Pelt Ave. bridge over ROW
Unused power line over ROW
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Unused power line over ROW
Canopy supports
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Canopy supports
Brickwork
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Brickwork
Mariner's Harbor station
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Mariner's Harbor station
Mariner's Harbor station
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Mariner's Harbor station
Overgrowth
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Overgrowth
West edge of platform
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West edge of platform
Linden Ave. along south edge of ROW
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Linden Ave. along south edge of ROW
Maple Parkway
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Maple Parkway
Maple Parkway
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Maple Parkway
Arthur Drier and Son
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Arthur Drier and Son
Union Avenue
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Union Avenue
Disused silos on Leyden Ave btw Union Ave and Harbor Road
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Disused silos on Leyden Ave btw Union Ave and Harbor Road
Abandoned townhouse development on Harbor Road
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Abandoned townhouse development on Harbor Road

Mariner's Harbor houses is a dreary high-rise development from 1953, which seems to have opened just as the NSRR line was closing. Whether that was by Robert Moses' design or not, it likely served to further isolate the low income residents by making them dependent on slow city buses for mobility.

Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mariner's Harbor Houses
Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mariner's Harbor Houses
Management Office
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Management Office
Building plaque - notice Robert Moses not included
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Building plaque - notice Robert Moses not included
Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mariner's Harbor Houses
Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mariner's Harbor Houses
Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mariner's Harbor Houses
Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mariner's Harbor Houses
Lockman Loop just east of Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Lockman Loop just east of Mariner's Harbor Houses
Mill north of ROW and Mariner's Harbor Houses
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Mill north of ROW and Mariner's Harbor Houses
El gato
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El gato
Pentecostal Tabernacle, 183 Harbor Road
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Pentecostal Tabernacle, 183 Harbor Road
Survivor walkup, Harbor Road
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Survivor walkup, Harbor Road
St. Michael's Church
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St. Michael's Church
Pedestrian passage to South Road Bridge
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Pedestrian passage to South Road Bridge
House on South Road
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House on South Road
South Road bridge
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South Road bridge

Harbor Road was the penultimate stop on the North Shore line. The far western part of the line has been reactivated for freight service to the New York Container Terminal in Howland Hook. The restored line begins with a single track just west of Union Road, proceeds under Harbor Road and expands to five tracks just west of South Road. The Travis Branch also splits off of the line just east of South Road and continues down the West Shore to an electrical plant.

ROW enclosure east of Union Avenue
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ROW enclosure east of Union Avenue
Restored rail line west of Union Avenue
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Restored rail line west of Union Avenue
Single rail line west from Union Avenue
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Single rail line west from Union Avenue
Restored rail line west of Union Avenue
12/4/2009 04:07 PM
Restored rail line west of Union Avenue
Restored rail line running under Union Avenue bridge
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Restored rail line running under Union Avenue bridge
Harbor Road Bridge, Summerfield United Methodist Church
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Harbor Road Bridge, Summerfield United Methodist Church
Rail line splitting to three tracks west of Harbor Road
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Rail line splitting to three tracks west of Harbor Road
Conrail - No Trespassing
12/4/2009 04:20 PM
Conrail - No Trespassing

Arlington was the terminating station on the North Shore line at South Road. No traces of the old station remain. There has never been regular passenger rail service beyond South Road and there are no plans to add it. Adding a stop in Howland Hook might be helpful for some New York Container Terminal employees, but limited potential patronage and possibility of contention with freight service might not make an additional stop worth the cost. The area west of South Road and south of the ROW is largely undeveloped and is a potential location for an additional rail yard and / or a new maintenance facility.

Tracks headed from the east to South Road
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Tracks headed from the east to South Road
Tracks headed west to Arlington Yard
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Tracks headed west to Arlington Yard
Tracks headed west to Arlington Yard
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Tracks headed west to Arlington Yard