Morris Park Yard is where the LIRR maintains and overhauls its diesel locomotive fleet – the new shop, which will be able to service four diesel locomotives at a time, will improve turnaround time for repairs and increase the reliability and lifespan of the fleet. Diesel locomotives are in use on the Port Jefferson Branch east of Huntington, on the Oyster Bay Branch, on the Ronkonkoma Branch east of Ronkonkoma and on the Montauk Branch.
Progress continues in the shop building, which will house parts storage, drop tables, overhead cranes, lifts, employee facilities, truck wash and wayside power. Installation of precast concrete panels, yard lighting conduits and foundations and column encasements are complete; interior plumbing, electrical and drainage work continues. Approximately 25 percent of the trackwork has been completed, with installation of switches, performance of rail welding and installation of the track roadbed.
For more information and images, please visit the Morris Park Diesel Locomotive Shop project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/morris-park-diesel-locomotive-shop/.