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Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby SEPTAR3kid » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:31 am

Are the tracks that cross 322 north of Swedesboro part of the "Salem Secondary"? Is it all Conrail Shared Assets operations along there and if so, how frequent are trains through that area?
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby JJMDiMunno » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:26 pm

Those tracks are Conrail's Salem Running Track, which sees trains 2-3 days per week. Movements over this line contain cars that are destined for interchange with SRNJ at Swedesboro.

Movements are at 10MPH.

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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby EDM5970 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:05 pm

I don't know what reporting marks they are using, but the interchange at Swedesboro is now with US Rail, NOT with SRNJ. Has been since, what, December?
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby JJMDiMunno » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:06 pm

Oops - brain fart. You're absolutely correct of course :)

Got so used to referring to SRNJ over the years down there.

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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby RailVet » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:41 am

A week ago today I drove through Swedesboro on my way to Cape May and noticed the tracks were rusty and very overgrown with brush. Is rail service still active on this line?
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby riffian » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:57 pm

Bridge work north of Swedesboro has the line shut down for several months. Since Anchor Glass in Salem shut down there is hardly any traffic left - a couple of cars of telephone poles a week and occasional loads to the feed mill at Woodstown .
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby von schlieffen » Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:25 am

What bridge, out of curiosity? I'm guessing we will see this line abandoned in the near future. Industry in Salem is gone and never coming back, unfortunately.
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby riffian » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:07 am

Presumably the bridge over Mantua Creek, about 3 or 4 miles south of Woodbury. This was mentioned in a piece by Steve Barry in Railfan and Railroad magazine. I think you are probably right about the dismal future of this line.
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby von schlieffen » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:32 am

No work occuring on the Mantua Creek bridge visible from Kings Hwy. I live right up the street. It must be the one just south of US 322 and North of downtown Swedesboro. I think that's the Racoon Creek? That's the only other waterway crossing on the Conrail-owned section. I agree, this line will see abandonment shortly.
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby rr503 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:49 pm

I just saw the SRNJ GP9(?) parked north of the turnpike bridge. The last time I was by there (Thursday) it wasn't there. Anyone know anything about this?
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby glennk419 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:45 am

If you look at the Google Maps view of the intersection of Kings Hwy. and Ogden Road ( actually Ogden Rd and the RR crossing ), the Geep can be seen spotted adjacent to Grasso Foods in a shot from July 2016.
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby rr503 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:39 am

Whoops! Must have missed it on the way down.
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby riffian » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:37 pm

Steve Barry has a blurb in this month's "Railfan and Railroad" about this line. He noted there is only one remaining customer on this line, that being the feed mill in Woodstown and they only get a couple of cars per month ("a couple of dozen cars annually"). The State of New Jersey has provided a $3.5 million grant to improve the trackage down to the port in Salem for potential new business. The State Assemblyman for the area is quoted (with extreme optimism) that there is a big future for the line, both in freight and weekend scenic rides. South Jersey is not noted for its scenic beauty and Salem, although with some nice downtown architecture, is essentially a small town ghetto. I guess you have to wish them luck, but it appears to me that it is another case of throwing good money after bad.
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Re: Trackage Through Swedesboro

Postby von schlieffen » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:58 pm

I'm not sure if the pole treatment plant receives cars anymore, it's been a while. The glass plant is shuttered and so is rail service to Mannington. The Salem port operation only services one large ship, a weekly freighter to Bermuda and back.

There is one additional customer on the conrail-owned portion of the line, just north of route 322. It's called Garmar Industries and they build specialty pallets and shipping crates. The old stick rail was recently torn up in the Woodbury area on this line and replaced with welded.

Salem county is unfortunately a very economically depressed part of the state; however I disagree that it is lacking in scenic beauty.
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