New York MTA upgrades Metro-North Harmon Yard maintenance and operations hub

New York MTA upgrades Metro-North Harmon Yard maintenance and operations hub Image credit: NYMTA

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has completed upgrades to Metro-North Railroad’s vital maintenance and operations hub at Croton-on-Hudson, NY, which employs 1,200 people. With the opening of this new 400,000 square foot facility, known as the Harmon Shop, Metro-North will be able to maintain train reliability and meet the maintenance needs of its operations for decades to come.

For over 100 years the Harmon Yard has played a vital role in the railroad’s daily operations. When Metro-North inherited the site from its predecessor railroads in 1983, it was immediately recognized as inadequate to meet the needs of crews who would maintain the railroad’s fleets of railcars and locomotives. The MTA identified capital funds to make upgrades in the late 1990s, and work has been underway since 2001 to make these necessary upgrades.   

The project, which includes state and federal funding, was completed over 23 years in five phases:   

  • Phase 1: Crews built service tracks, a new employee overpass, and provided wayside power to the yard to significantly reduce the idling engines in the yard, reducing noise to the surrounding neighbors and producing less fossil fuel emissions.   
  • Phase 2: Crews built Communication & Maintenance of Way buildings and made modifications to the Material Distribution Center.   
  • Phase 3: Crews built a new Coach Shop and new Locomotive Shop as well as a new Wheel True Facility with a Tandem Underfloor Wheel Lathe designed to maintain Metro-North’s fleet of M-7 self-propelled electric railcars, and future fleets.   
  • Phase 4: Provided for priority repairs on multi-purpose building to house shops, primarily on the western section of the building, and construction of a new Wheel Storage Canopy in the north yard.   
  • Phase 5: Provided the complete replacement of the multi-purpose building in two stages. The first stage provided the construction of a new double-ended Consist Shop with two tracks each ten cars long. The second stage included construction of the EMU Running Repair and Support shops. 

 The brand-new facility includes repair and support shops for Metro-North to perform its Reliability Centered Maintenance program and account for unscheduled repairs on their entire electric fleet. The facility has been equipped with a dozen car-hoists, four pedestal tracks, and multiple door level and roof level platforms to assist in the preventive maintenance. The second floor is designed to streamline the parts distribution between the new electric shop and adjacent support shops and the consist maintenance shop by integrating a service corridor connecting all three buildings.

Source: NYMTA