Posts Tagged ‘barge of death’

Photos of Weeks Marine Crane 552 under Broadway Bridge

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Weeks Marine Crane 552 in the Harlem River Ship Canal today

As I reported earlier today, the Weeks Marine crane 552 departed the 207 St subway yard after serving there for about nine years. The crane loaded all the reef-ready subway cars onto the Barge of Death. It also loaded the scrap trucks onto another barge for delivery to a scrap dealer. Here are some photos of the crane being pushed by Weeks tug Elizabeth through the canal and towards the Hudson River at around 1:20 PM today.

Photos taken by my wife. Thanks!!

Reefing Crane Leaves 207 Street Yard

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The Weeks Marine crane has left the yard. Looks like reefing is pretty “over” for the time being. Pics forthcoming.

Next cars to be reefed: redbird, yellowbird, R-42

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Currently on the dead line at 207 Street Yard are a redbird, a yellow rider car, and some R-42 cars. These cars may soon be loaded onto the Barge of Death for a one-way trip to the reef.

The Barge of Death has returned to 207 St Yard

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

After an absence of several months (due to the fact that the reefing program was temporarily suspended), the Barge of Death is now back at 207th Street Yard. I can see the top of the backhoe that is on top of the barge and used to push the subway cars into the water when out at sea. And the tug Virginia just came back under the raised Broadway Bridge to head back to the Hudson River.

So it looks like there may be another barge going out in the not too distant future…

Photos of Barge of Death from Saturday

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Loyal reader David-Paul Gerber captured some outstanding photos of the “Barge of Death”, Weeks 297, which carries retired subway cars out to sea to be dumped to create artificial reefs. He took photos of the barge as it passed between the Broadway, Henry Hudson, and Inwood Movable Bridges, and then again as it passed the George Washington Bridge.

Click HERE to view all of his photos, or click on some of the highlights below.

Thanks David!

The barge passed Spuyten Duyvil at about 2:30 PM. About two hours later it was followed out to the Hudson River by the barge carrying the subway car wheel assemblies or “trucks”.

And this was Barge 18 (the 18th barge to set sail in the current round of reefing), for those of you keeping score at home. Thanks to George Chiasson Jr. for that information.

Barge of Death returns on a beautiful Sunday morning

Sunday, March 8th, 2009
Barge of Death passes under the Broadway Bridge

Barge of Death passes under the Broadway Bridge - Sunday morning

What a way to ruin a beautiful Sunday!

The Barge of Death returned to the 207 Street Subway Yard this morning. It passed under the raised Broadway Bridge. The barge was escorted by the Weeks Marine tugs “Virginia” and “Shelby”.

Edit: The trucks barge was seen returning around 12:30 PM.

Here are more photos:

Early Saturday Barge of Death Departure

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The Barge of Death departed yesterday morning (Saturday, February 28, 2009) at about 10:00 AM. This is the earliest in the day I recall it ever departing. The barge appeared to be filled with about 60% R-32 cars and 40% R-38 cars.

Gloomy Sunday – the Barge of Death returns

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
Barge of Death passing under the Broadway Bridge

Barge of Death passing under the Broadway Bridge

I awoke to a gloomy Sunday, and the empty Barge of Death waiting patiently for the Broadway Bridge to rise. Last week the Barge had deposited into the ocean its load of retired subway cars, and they sank to their watery grave. The empty barge now floats outside the 207 Street subway yard, waiting to be loaded with about 40 more retired subway cars.