"Nightime Rail Reclaim on the Viaduct"
Long Island Railroad's RFX5 shoves the rail reclaim train west down the Atlantic Branch Viaduct at Nostrand Avenue on the chilly morning of January 9th, 2021. The rail reclaim train picks up old rails along the right of way to send out for scrap and recycling. The train was also used to drop small sections of new rail where a normal Continuous Welded Rail train would not fit. The train consists of LIRR's only two running EMD SW1001s (103 & 105) for power and 7 open-ended gondolas. These moves mark the first time a diesel has ran on the Atlantic Branch east of East New York in 4 years and prior to that, over a decade.