Posts Tagged ‘barge’

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.

Broadway Bridge disrupts subway service twice today

Monday, May 4th, 2009

You might not have noticed the service alerts, but the Broadway Bridge was raised twice today, disrupting (1) train service both times.

10:35 AM

10:35 AM

8:00 PM

8:00 PM

Some people probably assumed that the “Barge of Death” was coming or going, but that was not the case.

In the morning, the Broadway Bridge was raised to allow a “spud barge” to be moved from west of the bridge to east of the bridge. This spud barge had been hanging around the area for a week.

Then, this evening, the Broadway Bridge was raised again. Once it was up, the new Circle Line boat “Manhattan” came through, followed by the spud barge.

I’m not sure why the Circle Line boat was waiting for the bridge to go up (it was waiting for at least 10 minutes), because they usually pass under the bridge. In fact, earlier today we saw a Circle Line boat pass under the bridge just fine. My guess is that either the water level was higher than normal, reducing clearance, or that the Circle Line crew wanted to give their passengers an up close view of the bridge going up (not that there were many passengers – the boat was almost completely empty from what I could see).

Here are some photos from this evening’s events:

And some BONUS Metro-North Railroad photos:

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.

Valentines Day BARGE OF DEATH

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

The Barge of Death set sail at noon today, this Valentines Day. It was followed up the canal shortly thereafter by the Barge o’ Trucks. The Shelby pushed the Barge of Death and the Vera K. pushed the Barge o’ Trucks.

Another Subway Barge Has Sailed

Saturday, October 4th, 2008


Originally uploaded by semarr

Looks like the barge left today(10-04-2008)…