Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

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Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby frankgaron2 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:57 pm

Hi All:

Here's a shot I took back in late winter 1979/1980. It's a shot of the bridge abutments of the LV mainline in Jersey City - looking north and not too far from Philips Street, if I remember right.
http://www.frankgaron.com/Railroad/IMG_0068b.jpg

Feel free to correct me if I have anything wrong.

Thanks,

Frank
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Re: Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby red baron » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:59 am

Nice shot Frank!
I used to spend a lot of time in that area during that time frame. Would love to see more if you have others. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby lvrr325 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:55 pm

Lead unit in the photo is ex-LV 302.
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Re: Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby umtrr-author » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:50 pm

Wow, that line has been gone longer than I thought. How time flies...

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby Zeke » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:12 am

When Conrail came in we Penn men had to qualify all of that trackage in order to mark up on the Oak Island Extra list. The main line viaduct from Constable junction to JC float yard was technically in service for lite engine moves but was out of service for trains. Due to no maintenance for many years it was on the verge of being condemned and with the CNJ main downgraded to a single yard track it had out lived its purpose as a jumpover of the CNJ main line and a quick way into the LV JC float yard. The National Docks Branch was the main route to the Jersey city coal yard. It had now become the interchange for all of the ex LV / CNJ Bayonne and Howland Hook traffic that was prohibited from going west over the CNJ Bay Bridge which was also off limits to Freight trains. The only equipment allowed over the bridge were the Budd cars and 3 car diesel passenger trains until 1978 when they too came off.

The National Docks branch was in service to Johnston Avenue only, as the bridge spanning the projects further east was also condemned due to metal fatigue. There were still a few customers at Johnston Ave and the interlocking signals and power switch were still extant but the switch lined, blocked and spiked for the yard and the signals dark. There was still a pristine semaphore signal with a bright red and white blade by Greenville on the LV main that was approach lit and serving as the distant signal for westbound movements to Upper Bay interlocking but that came down around 1978 or so. I recall boiling up the hill and the curve around sundown one winter evening with a 100 car Pullout seeing a brilliant high green on that semaphore, running a couple of LV GP-18s still in LV paint and thinking it looked like 1959 instead of 1977. The old main line viaduct was a nicely engineered piece of railroad that pointed to the LV's prosperity back in the day. The docks eventually opened back up and became a thru main line again, accessing ex EL Croxton yard and the ex PC River line to Weehawken and beyond. Conrail found out a good deal of the old LV in the terminal area quite useful to them.
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Re: Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby Zeke » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:36 pm

In the above post I incorrectly referred to Bayonne's Constable hook as Howland hook which is located in Staten Island.
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Re: Main Line Remnants, Jersey City NJ, Early 1980

Postby pumpers » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:33 am

Does anyone know of any on-line pictures (or elsewhere) of the LV trestle over the CNJ back in the day before it was torn down? I tried with Google for a few minutes but had no luck.
Thanks, JS
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