New York/Railroads

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Kudos to the wikipedia.org page which does a much better job of text descriptions, yet doesn't link to relevant data relations in OSM (via BrowseRelation wiki entries), as many OSM wiki readers have become familiar with. You might choose the text-oriented wikipedia.org page now and that'd be good, however, if you need the OSM data we are building links into tables and that will take some time and effort into the future. An Overpass Turbo link might prove useful, try this for passenger train routes. So, see List of New York railroads if text descriptions are "good enough for now." We could use something like that for OSM specific data, even if it is simply links in wikipedia.org pages like the one ref'd above.

New York Railroads in OSM are in very good shape. The only place where they might need work is in the railroad yards in Buffalo, which are in constant flux, and in New York City where there are disused underground railways which cannot be visited (legally or easily or safely) yet which exist and some have tracks, and some are even used for special purposes (e.g. the City Hall station in the city).

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Introduction

This is a VERY early seed of New York/Railroads, please bear with OSM as it completes. It will be quite some work to properly complete this, as New York has a rich rail history and this wiki barely scratches the surface of fully documenting both "what is" (in the real world) and "what is in OSM." By way of comparison, please see California/Railroads for a substantially-complete statewide railroad wiki (now in a "later beta" stage of completion), whereas this (New York/Railroads) wiki can be characterized as "pre-alpha." Even long journeys begin with the early steps!

Active lines

Lines that see regular rail traffic whether freight, passenger, industrial, tourism, whatever. If they are active, they go here. If they are not, they are placed into the Disused or Abandoned sections below.

CSX Transportation (CSXT)

A Class I major railroad in the USA.

Main

Subdivision Operator Relation Route Notes
Selkirk CSX relation 4793512 Selkirk Needs TIGER review

Branch

Industrial

Norfolk Southern (NS)

A Class I major railroad in the USA.

Main

Branch

Industrial

Short Lines

Often Class III minor USA railroads.

Branch

Industrial

Passenger trains

Tracks and stations used for passenger train routes are correctly collected into route=train relations. This is a very rich topic in the state of New York, as rail is a frequent, common transportation mode, especially in denser urban areas.

Amtrak

Amtrak operates long_distance passenger=national and one high-speed train with wide service to more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces on more than 21,400 miles of routes: some passenger=suburban (commuter) trains, most passenger=regional (medium-distance: often interstate, sometimes intrastate) trains and all passenger=national (long distance, interstate, most are overnight) and passenger=international trains. All Amtrak trains which serve New York are believed to be in this table. Please correct and/or update if you find errors or corrections are needed.

Route name Trains (ref=*) Passenger Service type=route_master type=route Status and Notes
Acela Express® 2100-2222 high speed relation 9796393 WAS-BOS relation 9796293
BOS-WAS relation 9796352
Routing (2/4)Stops (3/4) Roughly complete; public_transport v2. 457 miles (735 km). Amtrak's premier high-speed service between Boston and Washington, with speeds up to 150 mph (241 km/h) in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Underlying infrastructure Northeast Corridor needs track connectivity fixes.
Adirondack® 68, 69 international relation 10322765 v1 relation 4073816 Routing (2/4)Stops (3/4) Roughly complete; public_transport v1. 381 miles (613 km), a "higher-speed" corridor and service, contrasted with Acela, Amtrak's highest speed service. No overnight service.
Cardinal® 50, 51 national relation 10322762 v1 relation 2807121 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v1. 1146 miles (1844 km).
Carolinian℠ 79, 80 national relation 10322760 v1 relation 1900976 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Nearly complete; public_transport v1. (Needs minor "track split" fixes). 704 miles (1133 km). No overnight service.
Crescent® 19, 20 national relation 10322758 v1 relation 1809808 Routing (2/4)Stops (2/4) Somewhat complete; rough public_transport v1. 1377 miles (2216 km). Underlying infrastructure (route=railway) relations need fixing.
Empire Service® 230-260, 233-259, 280, 281, 283, 288 regional relation 4452798 NYP-YNY-POU-ALB relation 4234377
ALB-POU-CRT-YNY-NYP relation 4452779
NYP-POU-ALB relation 10322899
ALB-POU-CRT-NYP relation 10322903
NYP-ALB relation 10322898
ALB-CRT-NYP relation 10322902
ALB-NYP relation 10322901
NYP-YNY-ALB-NFL relation 9155839
NFL-ALB-YNY-NYP relation 9155838
NYP-ALB-NFL relation 10322900
NFL-ALB-NYP relation 10322904
NYP-ALB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
ALB-NYP Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) 142 miles (229 km) New York City - Albany
NYP-NFL Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
NFL-NYP Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v2. 460 miles (740 km) New York City - Buffalo, a "higher-speed" corridor and service, contrasted with Acela, Amtrak's highest speed service.
Ethan Allen Express® 290-293, 295, 296 regional relation 4445810 RUD-NYP relation 4445771
NYP-YNY-RUD relation 4234911
NYP-RUD relation 10322921
RUD-NYP Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
NYP-RUD Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v2. 241 miles (388 km).
Lake Shore Limited® 48, 49, 448, 449 national relation 10322753 v1 CHI-ALB relation 1358974
v1 ALB-NYP relation 10946018
v1 ALB-BOS relation 10946019
Routing (2/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; rough public_transport v1. 959 miles (1543 km). At Albany-Rensselaer, trains 48 and 448 decouple eastbound and trains 49 and 449 couple westbound. Underlying infrastructure (route=railway) relations need fixing.
Maple Leaf℠ 63, 64 international relation 4467191 TWO-NYP relation 4467190
NYP-TWO relation 4467189
TWO-NYP Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
NYP-TWO Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v2. 544 miles (875 km). No overnight service. Needs to be separated at Niagara Falls, Ontario into Amtrak- and VIA-operated segments.
Northeast Regional℠ (Norfolk/Newport News) 65-67, 82, 83, 85-87, 88, 93-96, 99, 110, 111, 121, 123, 125-127, 129-141, 143, 146, 148-170, 172-175, 179-190, 192-196, 198, 199 regional relation 10322749 v1 relation 4799100 Routing (2/4)Stops (2/4) Somewhat complete; rough public_transport v1. Amtrak's busiest routes. 457 miles (735 km), a "higher-speed" corridor and service, contrasted with Acela, Amtrak's highest speed service. Underlying infrastructure (route=railway) relations need fixing.
Northeast Regional℠ (Roanoke) 65, 67, 82, 83, 85-87, 93, 95, 96, 99, 110, 111, 121, 123, 125-127, 129-141, 143, 145-156, 158-178, 180-190, 192-196, 198, 199 regional relation 10322749 v1 relation 4799101 Routing (2/4)Stops (2/4) Somewhat complete; rough public_transport v1. Amtrak's busiest routes. 457 miles (735 km), a "higher-speed" corridor and service, contrasted with Acela, Amtrak's highest speed service. Underlying infrastructure (route=railway) relations need fixing.
Palmetto® 89, 90 national relation 10322751 v1 relation 2648181 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v1. 829 miles (1344 km). No overnight service.
Pennsylvanian℠ 42, 43 regional relation 10322745 v1 relation 4044002 Routing (2/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; rough public_transport v1. 444 miles (715 km). Underlying infrastructure (route=railway) relations need fixing.
Silver Meteor® 97, 98 national relation 10322741 v1 relation 1590286 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v1. 1522 miles (2449 km). Part of "Silver Service®."
Silver Star® 91, 92 national relation 10322742 v1 relation 1897938 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v1. 1377 miles (2216 km). Part of "Silver Service®."
Vermonter℠ 54-57 regional relation 10322744 v1 relation 1359387 Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Essentially complete; public_transport v1. 611 miles (983 km). Needs rerouting through Connecticut River Line (see [1])

Suburban/urban/light_rail/tram rail

Under construction. Add suburban/urban/light_rail/tram systems post haste as there are at least five additional rail tables with BrowseRelation entries to make here:

  • Long Island Rail Road (New York)
  • Metro-North Railroad (New York, Connecticut)
  • NFTA-Metro (Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo)
  • MTA (New_York_City_Subway)
  • PATH

Disused lines

Lines that don't have regular traffic but with all infrastructure in place. Tracks are tagged railway=disused.

This is an early, stubby table only just getting started. It needs much more population as there is a vast rail history in New York. Very much under construction and only in its infancy here.

Here is an Overpass Turbo (OT) query which can be helpful.

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Ithaca Branch LV The single way is entered A disused spur off the Ithaca Branch, Ithaca No TIGER Review required An initial stub entry into the Disused table

Abandoned lines

Former railroad lines, whether still visible on the ground or not. A formal abandonment process with FRA has completed. Ways are tagged railway=abandoned or sometimes railway=razed if they have become completely built over in urban areas or are now, for example, farmland which has reverted to a more natural state with no evidence of tracks having been there. These should be historically determined or able to be so, but sometimes this is difficult because of lost history.

This is an early, stubby table only just getting started. It needs much more population as there is a vast rail history in New York. Very much under construction and only in its infancy here.

Here is an Overpass Turbo (OT) query which can be helpful.

Name of Subdivision/Line and/or Operator (at abandonment) old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
West Shore Railroad NYC relation 1376497 Buffalo - Syracuse - Kingston - Union City, New Jersey Substantially TIGER Reviewed An initial stub entry into the Abandoned table

Railtrails

A railtrail uses a former railroad right-of-way for e.g. bike or hiking paths, preserving the ROW for possible future re-use as a railway while providing a useful service in the meantime.

Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
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To Do

Full list of active railways, whether they are in route relations or not. Assess their TIGER review status. Pressure will rise to stub passenger routes, abandoned and disused will emerge, as will tourism/heritage.