Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

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Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby Comet III 5001 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:22 pm

Repost from NS Forum:

Just north of the NS Lehigh Line as shown here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=na ... 1&ct=image

Were those the tracks of another line or were they a branch from the Lehigh Line?
Also, how at what time during the(including weekends) do freight trains pass by Hillsborough on the Lehigh Line?
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby PVRX1 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:43 pm

Former Central Railroad Company of New Jersey Flemington branch. Somerville - Flagtown - Neshanic Station - Three bridges - Flemington. Flemington - Three Bridges owned and operated by the Black River Rail System, Three Bridges to Somerville long long removed before google and map quest were created.

As for the Lehigh Line its a 24 hour a day railroad.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby Comet III 5001 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:16 pm

What year were the tracks removed?
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:25 pm

CNJ abandoned the Flemington Branch long ago, in the 1950s or early 60s at latest. Black River & Western purchased the old ROW and the ex-PRR line to Lamberville in the mid 1970s.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby pierrerabbit » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:27 am

Not sure of the exact dates, but there were occasional freights on the branch into the 70's. I remember as a boy the "local" coming through town at "walking speed". Towards the end, the bridge in Neshanic became so bad, it was easier for the Flemington freight to come in off the PRR Bel Del, via the BRW. My guess is the tracks between Somerville and Three Bridges were torn up around '75-'76.

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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby greg90 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:33 am

The last passenger train ran on April 25, 1953. I wrote a little about it here

http://cnhillsborough.blogspot.com/2008 ... rains.html

NYTimes article here

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract. ... 5F478585F9
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby Comet III 5001 » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:05 pm

Also, how many trains cross Beekman Lane on the Lehigh Line everyday (including weekends). If possible please include the specific times (More preferably mid day-afternoon).
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby Kaback9 » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:35 pm

That might be a question for the Lehigh line thread.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby JimBoylan » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:03 pm

In early 1979, the bankruptcy Trustee had given up trying to sell the branch as a railroad, and McHugh Bros. bought some of the crossing equipment. The tracks were torn up soon after.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby pierrerabbit » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:55 pm

Thanks for the corrected info Jim.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby wolfboy8171981 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:33 am

R36 Combine Coach wrote:CNJ abandoned the Flemington Branch long ago, in the 1950s or early 60s at latest. Black River & Western purchased the old ROW and the ex-PRR line to Lamberville in the mid 1970s.


I have seen pictures of BR&W #60 and the orginal coaches getting interchanged in Flemington from the CNJ to the PRR in 1964.

After the BR&W became a common carrier in 1968, CNJ freight was interchanged with the PRR and BR&W. The CNJ had embargoed the line, but there were still valuable customers just east of Flemington. In 1972 the CNJ then sold the Central Branch from the PRR connection to the Hunderton County Line and RS3 #1554 to the BR&W.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby JADes718 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:58 pm

I spoke with a resident who lives on Mill Lane (near the river) near the old right of way. He stated that he remembers back in the 60's train crews stopping to buy eggs from his family. He told me that they were short freight trains which operated "pretty slow".
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby pierrerabbit » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:11 pm

I know the exact house you are talking about. I mentioned this in a CNJ thread, but if you travel east from the river on mill lane, you will pass a couple of houses, then go under the lehigh line (MP44). Just past that, on the right is an old tunnel where the CNJ passed under the lehigh line. Its a cool spot to explore.
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby Chessie GM50 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:21 am

Peter, don't you mean that area in 3 bridges, where the Lehigh Line bridge is, and then the abandoned CNJ bridges are (if you look closely, there was a bridge that was over the road, that was moved, and placed on the abandoned tracks) If you do, I know where you're talking about. If not...well I don't!
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Re: Abandoned tracks in Hillsborough, NJ

Postby pierrerabbit » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:47 am

Chessie - No. This is across the river from neshanic (the white bridge). If you look at Google Maps, type in "Neshanic Station NJ", it will pinpoint the intersection of Elm, Mill Ln, and River Rd. Follow Mill Lane travelling East, and the map even shows where the tracks cross. There is an awesome photo oportunity of an NS freight travelling over the tunnel.
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