Jersey City Terminal - Operations

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Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby CP-4070 » Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:51 am

Dear all,

I would like to understand the operations that once appeared in the Jersey City Terminal.
- Was there a coach yard where coaches were stabled, serviced, maintained and prepared for service in long distance trains?
- Where was a long-distance consist turned?
- When was a consist turned, after passenger disembarked and before the cars were switched to the coach yard or where they switched to the coach yard and turned prior to boarding of passengers in the terminal?
- Does one know of a good source of pictures of the station throat / interlocking area? Maybe one of the Morning Sun Books?

I will have more questions but let's leave it for now.
Thanks for your answers!

Best regards, Andrew
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby Ken W2KB » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:30 pm

This may be of some assistance: http://www.lhry.org/Images/Aerial/M_COMMUNIPAW.jpg

See the aeriel photo. I believe, but am not certain, that the long distance passenger train yard is the trackage to the right of the slip switch area that expanded to the 20 track train shed. I do recall seeing the CNJ business cars serviced there in the mid-1960's. Observation cars were probably turned on the roundhouse turntables, though there was a wye formed by the Newark and New York Branch just west of the terminal area.
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby Ken W2KB » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:41 pm

Also consider joining this CRRNJ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/196783112759/?ref=ts&fref=ts
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby pumpers » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:31 pm

Ken W2KB wrote:This may be of some assistance: http://www.lhry.org/Images/Aerial/M_COMMUNIPAW.jpg

GReat picture! Any idea what the date is?
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby Ken W2KB » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:32 pm

pumpers wrote:
Ken W2KB wrote:This may be of some assistance: http://www.lhry.org/Images/Aerial/M_COMMUNIPAW.jpg

GReat picture! Any idea what the date is?
Jim S


Up a level or two at the website, the caption says 1941. The main site is www.lhry.org has lots more info and photos.
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby pumpers » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:49 am

thanks. Any speculation what all that smoke is back by the roundhouse? Seems too much for one locomotive but I really don't know. Was there some kind of ash pit or dump which was always smoking that much - also seems unrealistic. JS
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby BigDell » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:10 pm

Great photo and great website! Wow.... I DO wish there was a more thorough look at everything. My first thought was perhaps a Morningside book, as well, as those have great CNJ coverage. I had no idea it was a HUGE as it was, I'd only ever seen bits and pieces...
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby BigDell » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:17 pm

Also consider joining this CRRNJ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1967831 ... ts&fref=ts


Ken, sent request to join.
If anyone has any other good references for the JC terminal, please do pass along. Would love video.
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby JonnyRay » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:06 pm

How did trains from the terminal access the nj coast line? My guess is the crossed the bridge from Bayonne to the main land and turned south following the turnpike to Perth Amboy.
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Re: Jersey City Terminal - Operations

Postby ExCon90 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:15 pm

Yes--the route turned south at Elizabethport and followed what became the Conrail "Chemical Coast" line to a flying junction a short distance north of Perth Amboy where it joined the PRR line from Rahway.
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