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Moving Out: Farewell to the Dundee Spur

Morristown and Erie SW1500 shoves a work train west on Monroe Street on the Dundee Spur in Garfield, N.J., September 22, 2020. The work train is being positioned into Island Yard in Passaic to load scrapped rail and ties onto flat and gondola cars for transport to Morristown, N.J. Garfield police protected the final moves on the Dundee Spur. Russell Sullivan

Moving Out: Farewell to the Dundee Spur

December 2020By Carl G. Perelman/photos as noted

The former New York & Greenwood Lake Railway equipment, now belonging to Operation Toy Train, finally moved out of Island Yard in Passaic, NJ, on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Morristown & Erie provided the crew and SW1500 20 for the move to the New York, Susquehanna & Western interchange at Passaic Junction in Saddle Brook, NJ, symboled MX97. This was not the last train off the property, as two more outbound M&E rail trains in October removed the rest of the rail, ties and other track infrastructure from the yard.  The two revenue covered hopper cars that were stranded on the railroad property a few years ago were also removed and placed on the NJ Transit interchange track in Garfield for Norfolk Southern to pick up. The former Dundee Yard site will become a new residential complex, while the street running track in Garfield will eventually be removed. It was a long, slow, painful death for New Jersey’s last street-running trackage. But it is finally over. R.I.P. the Dundee Spur, may it long be remembered…

Dundee Spur

The Streets of Garfield– Morristown & Erie Railway SW1500 20 is “glass out” as it leads a scrap train of rails and ties from the New York & Greenwood Lake (Former Erie Railroad Dundee Spur) on Monroe Street in Garfield, N.J., in this aerial view on the morning of Thursday, October 15, 2020. This kind of true street running through residential and commercial districts was once common, but became a thing of the past for New Jersey when these trains finished removing the remnants of rail in this community. Marc Glucksman–River Rail Photo

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This article was posted on: December 1, 2020