New York New Jersey Rail takes delivery of new carfloat

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A brand-new carfloat will expand operations in New York Harbor.
New York New Jersey Rail
NEW YORK — New York New Jersey Rail, the operator of the last carfloat operation in New York Harbor, took delivery of the first of two new, larger carfloats on Thanksgiving Day.

NYNJ Carfloat 100 is 370 feet long and 59 feet wide, big enough to accommodate four tracks that can carry 18 60-foot freight cars. That’s up from 14 cars on the current three-track float.

The new barge is docked at Staten Island, N.Y., until it can be placed into service, says Donald Hutton, managing director of the railroad that is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The new craft won’t be able to enter service until a new transfer bridge is completed at the railroad’s Greenville Yard in Jersey City, N.J., and modifications are finished at its transfer bridge at 65th Street in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Those projects are scheduled for completion in early 2019 as part of a major upgrade of the carfloat operation.

The new carfloat, the first built for use in New York in decades, was built by Metal Trades, Inc., of Hollywood, S.C.

Watch the February issue of Trains for a feature on NYNJ Rail.

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