Last of its kind
Floating rail cars from Jersey City to Brooklyn
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Floating rail cars
Floating bridge, and empty barge, waiting to be loaded
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Floating bridge, and empty barge, waiting to be loaded
Floating bridge, and empty barge, waiting to be loaded
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These rail cars are loaded with cargo, such as lumber, consumable goods, produce, building supplies, aggregate, scrap metal, and building supplies. They were transported by rail barge and tug to Brooklyn at 7:30 a.m. on a Thursday in July.
These rail cars are loaded with cargo, such as lumber, consumable goods, produce, building supplies, aggregate, scrap metal, and building supplies. They were transported by rail barge and tug to Brooklyn at 7:30 a.m. on a Thursday in July.
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NYNJR supervisor checks the bridge before loading.
NYNJR supervisor checks the bridge before loading.
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This is the first of two rail cars of lumber loaded on the barge. The weight is balanced by loading the middle cars first. In the distance is Brooklyn, New York. The Bayridge Towers mark the 65th Street area, which is the Brooklyn destination.
This is the first of two rail cars of lumber loaded on the barge. The weight is balanced by loading the middle cars first. In the distance is Brooklyn, New York. The Bayridge Towers mark the 65th Street area, which is the Brooklyn destination.
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The John P. Brown is the tug company that tows the rail across the harbor.
The John P. Brown is the tug company that tows the rail across the harbor.
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With the Carfloat loaded, the locking pins from the bridge to the barge are released by the crewman for its trip across the harbor.
With the Carfloat loaded, the locking pins from the bridge to the barge are released by the crewman for its trip across the harbor.
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Ready to go. Two deckhands untie the lines, and the horn sounds to indicate they are ready to depart.
Ready to go. Two deckhands untie the lines, and the horn sounds to indicate they are ready to depart.
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The locomotive is backing off the float bridge, its work of loading complete. The pins are out and ready for the next load in a few hours.
The locomotive is backing off the float bridge, its work of loading complete. The pins are out and ready for the next load in a few hours.
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Tug Backing away from the float bridge, about to turn and head toward Brooklyn
Tug Backing away from the float bridge, about to turn and head toward Brooklyn
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On these pages are pictures, taken by Victor M. Rodriguez, of the last “Carfloat” operation in New Jersey. The NYNJ Rail operation, located at the former Pennsylvania Railroad Greenville Yard in Jersey City, carries rail cars on rail barges called “Carfloats,” which are towed by tugs, between Jersey City and the 65th Street Yard in Brooklyn.
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