The Freehold Secondary Mystery

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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby Blackseal Jim » Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:35 am

Those are the dates I found too in regards to the last runs of steam and the Doodlebug. The 31 made a Friday run this week to Prestone.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby Blackseal Jim » Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:33 am

Heard that BGS has lengthened the siding to accept cars that carry 60' beams. I noticed while I was working across street that the center beam cars were further in the yard than a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it'll make for some longer trains.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby NJT4149 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:08 pm

SA-93 will work the Freehold today
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby Blackseal Jim » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:38 am

Browns Yard Santa train is coming to Freehold on Saturday ,Dec 10 th @ 12:00
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby RailsEast » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:29 pm

Good weather this year for the run; as the train looked minutes from departure from Browns Yard....

http://njtwom.rrpicturearchives.net/sho ... id=4598277

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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby Blackseal Jim » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:44 am

Nice picture !! I heard them come into town . They were playing Jingle Bells on the horn . Sounded great !!
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby CJPat » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:32 pm

Do they haul any cars down or back with them? What would be the reason for two (2) engines if it's just pulling a hack? To provide some load to the engine?
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby R&DB » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:37 pm

Conrail Shared Assets is operated by CSX and NS. The Santa train (including the caboose) is decorated for Christmas with both companies represented. See Chris's photo a couple of posts previous.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby CJPat » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:45 pm

OK, good PR.
Thanks for the fast info!
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby southern sec. kid » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:28 pm

Drove through Freehold today with hopes to catch the train. CSX 4415 was running LHF with one hopper car, 2 loaded Centerbeam flats and one boxcar. Caught them idling away right before the Wemrock Road Bridge. Not sure if they usually wait there or not, I was guessing there was a tree down on the line somewhere ahead.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby bigblue5277 » Mon May 15, 2017 5:16 pm

Train crossed Halls Mill Rd. to serve Prestone at 5:30ish this Monday evening. CSX 4415 + covered hopper + tank car + splat.

Train must go to Prestone (end of line) at least once a week (M or W).

With this info I wish others would be able to photograph and post some pics of this local operation.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby CNWMAN » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:15 pm

Is there any photographic record of any steam engines other than K4's and Atlantics in use or traveling on the Freehold Secondary back in the Jamesburg to Sea Girt days? I know a special with the King of England went through in 1939 with cars from Canadian Pacific I believe, but I'm not sure what pulled it on that route. Just curious, watching lots of Youtube Pennsy steam videos and it occurred to me that for all the types of steam Pennsy had, what if any had been used on the route back in the days of steam. Also, what diesels were used immediately after steam into the 60's and 70's , does anyone know or have photos?
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby TOMSTV1 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:53 pm

The last steam run was 1957 for a fan trip, and the PRR. 4666 Doodle Bug ran from the 50s till 1962. they tore the line from Manasquan to Farmingdale up in 1964. It's now a bike path.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby Blackseal Jim » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:27 am

CNWMAN wrote:Is there any photographic record of any steam engines other than K4's and Atlantics in use or traveling on the Freehold Secondary back in the Jamesburg to Sea Girt days? I know a special with the King of England went through in 1939 with cars from Canadian Pacific I believe, but I'm not sure what pulled it on that route. Just curious, watching lots of Youtube Pennsy steam videos and it occurred to me that for all the types of steam Pennsy had, what if any had been used on the route back in the days of steam. Also, what diesels were used immediately after steam into the 60's and 70's , does anyone know or have photos?

I have some pictures that my Grandpop took of Pennsy steam in town and a postcard dated from 1903 that has a small 4 4 0 in front of the Pennsylvania station with a passenger train. As far as the diesel locomotives , I have no pictures. I think he lost interest in the PRR at that point and working at the Rugmill it was much easier photograph the CNJ.
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Re: The Freehold Secondary Mystery

Postby Blackseal Jim » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:05 am

Saw the train last nite. N.S. GP 38-2 5313 heading to Prestone with 3 tank cars and the splat. There were two more cars in the yard.
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