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North Jersey Shared Assets Area


North Jersey Shared Assets Area

Conrail (Unofficially: Conrail Shared Assets Operations)
Reporting mark CRCX
Locale three separate networks, in the Detroit, MI, Philadelphia, PA, and Newark, NJ areas
Dates of operation June 1, 1999–present
Predecessor Consolidated Rail Corp.
Track gauge (standard gauge)
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Conrail Shared Assets Operations is the unofficial commonly used name for modern day Conrail (reporting mark CRCX). Conrail is an American railroad company. It operates three networks—the North Jersey, South Jersey/Philadelphia, and Detroit Shared Assets Areas, where it serves as a contract local carrier and switching company for its owners, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway. When most of the former Conrail's track was split between these two railroads, the three shared assets areas (a total of about 1,200 miles of track) were kept separate to avoid giving one railroad an advantage in those areas. The company operates using its own employees and infrastructure, but owns no equipment.

North Jersey Shared Assets Area

The North Jersey Shared Assets Area stretches from the North Bergen Yard in North Bergen, New Jersey south into Jersey City and Newark, and beyond to Manville and Trenton, much of which is operated over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and New Jersey Transit lines through trackage rights. Primary connections are to CSX's River Subdivision north to Albany, New York at North Bergen, NS's Southern Tier Line northwest to Buffalo, New York at Croxton Yard in Jersey City, NS's Lehigh Line west to Allentown, Pennsylvania and CSX's Trenton Subdivision southwest to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Manville, and the Conrail South Jersey/Philadelphia Shared Assets Area at Trenton. Oak Island Yard is the principal yard for the region with smaller ones at Bayonne, Greenville (Jersey City), Linden, Manville, Metuchen, Newark, Old Bridge, Port Reading (Woodbridge), and Red Bank.[1]

South Jersey/Philadelphia Shared Assets Area

The New Jersey Department of Transportation anticipated in 2010 increased freight activity in South Jersey that has led to capital improvement and expansion projects for this designated area.[2]

The South Jersey/Philadelphia Shared Assets Area is operated out of Pavonia Yard in Camden, New Jersey.

Delair Bridge

The south track at the Delair Lift Bridge (part of the Delair Branch) is used by Conrail; the north track is used by New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Line.

Detroit Shared Assets Area

The Detroit Shared Assets Area consists of three main lines:

  • Utica to Milepost 20 (junction with Norfolk Southern Detroit Line)
  • Michigan Line (runs parallel to Michigan Avenue, US Hwy 12): CP-Townline in Dearborn (junction with Amtrak Michigan District) to CP-Bay City Jct.
  • Lincoln Secondary (From junction with CSXT Toledo Terminal Subdivision at Carleton to Ecorse Junction in Detroit). Trains can operate within the 5 blocks along the secondary: Outer, Sibley, Penford, Guard, Graft on track warrants issued by the CSX RL Dispatcher located in Calumet City, Illinois.

CP-West Detroit, Delray, CP-YD, and River Rouge Yard lie close to each other on the Utica/MP 20 line, giving the whole a rough K-shape. Various spurs and industrial tracks branch off from this trackage.


External links

  • Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail Home Page)
  • Conrail Historical Society
  • Surface Transportation Board final decision about the Conrail split)
  • Various Conrail Stuff - Maps of Conrail Breakup
  • Detroit Shared Assets Area by Jeff Knorek
  • Conrail Shared Assets Photo Gallery : Page 1 of 2 - by Stan's RailPix
  • Conrail (Pages 1 - 25 from 2004 book)
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