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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby riffian » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:07 pm

[quote="liftedjeep"]What remains at an empty Winslow Junction after most of the equipment has been sold off. (6/22/2018)

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4976285

Nothing left but scrap fodder. Too bad the former Lehigh Valley diner couldn't be saved.
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby Conrail Blue » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:02 pm

riffian, here's an interesting article that may answer your question. The old Salem glass plant has now has new owners who want to bring new tenants to the property. The plant still has rail access which will be used to try and lure new companies. I assume SRNJ thinks new traffic will come on the line which could explain the purchase of trackage.

https://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2018/07/glass_plants_closure_after_151_years_shattered_thi.html
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby R&DB » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:03 am

Stopped by SRNJ Winslow Yard Yesterday to take a few pictures and was surprised to find 2 NS six axle units tied down there. There was also a line of hoppers on the Beasley Point overpass at Winslow. Anybody have any ideas about these finds?
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby glennk419 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:25 am

R&DB wrote:Stopped by SRNJ Winslow Yard Yesterday to take a few pictures and was surprised to find 2 NS six axle units tied down there. There was also a line of hoppers on the Beasley Point overpass at Winslow. Anybody have any ideas about these finds?


I've seen NS power tied down there before. They run them down to near the SRNJ engine house to avoid vandalism. The hoppers are most likely H&K stone hoppers waiting for transfer to Pleasantville or empties waiting to go back to Birdsboro. The VERY rare coal trains to Beesley Point typically run through.
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby R&DB » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:45 am

Thaks Glenn, I kind of figured they were stone for either H&K or Winslow asphalt plant.
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby adama1 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:21 pm

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/17/2018-08024/jp-rail-inc-dba-southern-railroad-company-of-new-jersey-lease-and-operation-exemption-consolidated

According to a notice of Surface Transportation Board on 04/17/2018 (see above) SRNJ has leased the track from Swedesboro to Woodbury Junction from CSAO and will interchange with CSAO in Woodbury Junction. CSAO will also have a PDT in Woodbury J.

On the south end of the line Salem has invested $3 million in a rail project to spur development in Salem County:

https://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2017/11/3_million_rail_project_hopes_add_businesses_touris.html

http://www.snjtoday.com/story/36728414/salem-county-railroads-facelift-expected-to-boost-tourism-economy

Two quotes:
(1) '...When the railroad isn’t being used for commerce, officials say they hope to see the new set of tracks used for tourism. Tourism would be perhaps a railroad car or two or three that would accentuate our wineries in Salem County."It would travel at a slow rate of speed up to Swedesboro and perhaps there’s a restaurant up there that they could stop and enjoy dinner...”

(2) “...Currently we have one client (Empire Blended Products, WI) who’s probably going to take over the Heinz building. They are specialty concrete manufacturers and they will bring in train carloads of sand. That’s what it’s going to be used for primarily in the city of Salem...”


Does anyone know which customers are still active? From N. to S.: Wickes Lumber, Delmonte (2x), South Jersey Farmers Exchange, Mannington Mills, Kopper Poles and Port of Salem
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby von schlieffen » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:39 pm

None of those named are active. The farmers exchange may receive two cars a year, and I don't think any in 2018. Garmar Industries received some lumber on the conrail part of the line in the past few years. The rest have closed or gone away from rail. Currently there is some SRNJ equipment parked in Woodbury, but the tracks are overgrown beyond Rt 45. CSAO stopped maintaining the tracks and clearing vegetation maybe a year ago. The rail, ties, and ballast are in acceptable shape but it needs a good dose of roundup sprayed all up and down the line, and some general debris clearing. Sad, but I think industry returning to Salem county is just a dream. Even on the Penns Grove line south of Paulsboro, traffic has slowed to a trickle- the Deepwater coal plant is gone and Dupont is mostly shut down.
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby liftedjeep » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:05 am

von schlieffen wrote:Even on the Penns Grove line south of Paulsboro, traffic has slowed to a trickle- the Deepwater coal plant is gone and Dupont is mostly shut down.


I wouldn't necessarily say "a trickle".
WPCA-11(CSAO) still regularly interchanges cars with SMS Lines in Bridgeport, and the Deepwater plant is most definitely not gone. As a matter of fact, an NS 507 (empty coal loads) ran up the Penns Grove Secondary Friday night (Nov 30th).
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby adama1 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:43 pm

von schlieffen wrote:None of those named are active. The farmers exchange may receive two cars a year, and I don't think any in 2018. Garmar Industries received some lumber on the conrail part of the line in the past few years. The rest have closed or gone away from rail. Currently there is some SRNJ equipment parked in Woodbury, but the tracks are overgrown beyond Rt 45. CSAO stopped maintaining the tracks and clearing vegetation maybe a year ago. The rail, ties, and ballast are in acceptable shape but it needs a good dose of roundup sprayed all up and down the line, and some general debris clearing. Sad, but I think industry returning to Salem county is just a dream. Even on the Penns Grove line south of Paulsboro, traffic has slowed to a trickle- the Deepwater coal plant is gone and Dupont is mostly shut down.


Apparently Garmar Industries and the Farmers Exchange still are customers:
https://youtu.be/zoERwZu9oLs and
https://youtu.be/2MtORJLRYNY

No news from the Port of Salem?

The last years (until recently) quite a lot of money was poured into the reconstruction of the southern part of the line.
For example https://youtu.be/EQitAN-zhKQ
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby von schlieffen » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:52 am

liftedjeep wrote:
von schlieffen wrote:Even on the Penns Grove line south of Paulsboro, traffic has slowed to a trickle- the Deepwater coal plant is gone and Dupont is mostly shut down.


I wouldn't necessarily say "a trickle".
WPCA-11(CSAO) still regularly interchanges cars with SMS Lines in Bridgeport, and the Deepwater plant is most definitely not gone. As a matter of fact, an NS 507 (empty coal loads) ran up the Penns Grove Secondary Friday night (Nov 30th).
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The Carneys Point Generating Station is active, the Deepwater plant is gone and the site levelled.

And you're definitely right, there's SMS at Pureland and a few other plants below Paulsboro that still see plenty of traffic. It's the portion below the Gloucester/Salem line that has really seen a decline. I suppose I should have said that rather than below Paulsboro.
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Re: SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Postby liftedjeep » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:26 am

von schlieffen wrote:
liftedjeep wrote:
von schlieffen wrote:Even on the Penns Grove line south of Paulsboro, traffic has slowed to a trickle- the Deepwater coal plant is gone and Dupont is mostly shut down.


I wouldn't necessarily say "a trickle".
WPCA-11(CSAO) still regularly interchanges cars with SMS Lines in Bridgeport, and the Deepwater plant is most definitely not gone. As a matter of fact, an NS 507 (empty coal loads) ran up the Penns Grove Secondary Friday night (Nov 30th).
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The Carneys Point Generating Station is active, the Deepwater plant is gone and the site levelled.


My mistake. You are correct.

We always referred to the Generating Staion as the Deepwater power plant.
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