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PRR Harsimus Cove Yard

Postby rr503 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:17 pm

When did CR stop using it?
Historic aerials in 1979 shows cars there, and this (http://www.multimodalways.org/docs/rail ... 1-1980.pdf) schedule shows a train originating there...
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Re: PRR Harsimus Cove Yard

Postby JasW » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:09 am

In the time-honored tradition of responding to years-old threads -- sometime in or just before 1985, which is when CR sold the property. In 1986, I moved to Third Street in downtown JC, just 2-3 blocks south of the Harsimus embankment, and I remember my landlady telling me that runs over the embankment had only stopped within the previous couple of years.

Here's a gratuitous hi-res pic of the yard in its 1924 heyday. The H&M powerhouse is clearly visible at left. I can even see my old place on Third Street in the upper left.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7839/47469368522_85a54ea4a9_o.jpg
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Re: PRR Harsimus Cove Yard

Postby pdtrains » Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:34 pm

Is there any sign of the RR left between the PATH tunnel portal in JC and exchange place and the yard?
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Re: PRR Harsimus Cove Yard

Postby JasW » Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:49 am

pdtrains wrote:Is there any sign of the RR left between the PATH tunnel portal in JC and exchange place and the yard?


The tracks to the yard branched off from the main Pennsy JC line just before the turnpike. The massive embankment carrying the line to the yard (minus the bridges) is still there along 6th Street. Some bridge supports on the other side of Newark Avenue from 6th Street are still there, too (including a big one right next to a basketball court in a park!). But there's nothing left of the main passenger line between the PATH portal and Exchange Place -- it was all wiped out and replaced with Columbus Dr.

Edit: I take that back -- not all traces of the trestle that ran from the PATH portal (the Waldo Yard) to Exchange Place are gone. There is part of a stone embankment still standing at Brunswick Street and Columbus Drive that marked the beginning of the trestle. It's visible here: https://goo.gl/maps/zkhmakKefH92
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Re: PRR Harsimus Cove Yard

Postby umtrr-author » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:39 pm

I spent the first few years of my life living on Fifth Street between Jersey and Erie, on the third floor walkup apartment that, thanks to a low building on the other side of Fifth, faced "The Embankment" that went into Harismus Cove.

Not long before the bridges were pulled but well after the line was out of service, I walked the line from Henderson Street to the point from which I used to see GG-1s, E-44s and switchers pull cuts of cars and entire trains in and out of the yard.

Life would have been a lot different if we'd lived on the second floor!

Great photo of the place at its peak. Thanks for sharing.
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