Abandonment of Raritan Branch (Edison, NJ)?

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Abandonment of Raritan Branch (Edison, NJ)?

Postby TIGERFRED » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:21 pm

hello-

I grew up in Edison, NJ. According to historical maps, the train line which ran near my house was the Raritan Branch of the LVRR. Any idea when this was abandoned? Not sure if it was used post-Conrail!
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Postby CAR_FLOATER » Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:28 pm

It was in service at least up until 1972, see -

http://www.lvrrmodeler.net/ny_branch.htm

Look for the entry for the Greensand Branch. Apparently the Raritan Branch got this name in later years. My 1917 track map shows two branches off the Raritan Branch, Keasbey's Branch and Warners Branch. At least three narrow guage clay pit railroads also crossed this branch at one time. I know that most of the track is still in, even out in Nixon and Greensand, though it's all but burried.

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Postby TIGERFRED » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:57 pm

CF-

Thanx for that update. Most, if not all, of those companies in Greensand (now known as Heller Park), are gone. Benzol Products was one of my Little League sponsers!

How can I see an online copy of that 1917 map?
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Postby CAR_FLOATER » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:58 pm

Fred -

Glad I could help......Unfortunately, my 1917 map is way too big to scan, and fragile at best.

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Postby TIGERFRED » Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:57 pm

thanx for your help!
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Postby David Hutchinson » Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:51 pm

I grew up in Metuchen and used to go down to the Perth Amboy Branch main during the early 1960's. I have posted info before, I think under the NJ Railfan thread, regarding ops on this branch. I was mentioning the operations to Camp Kilmer, the tower located in Metuche, etc., if you can do a search and locate. I have some maps.... I think I even have the official LV track diagrams somewhere in my stuff. Send me a private e-mail with your snail mail address and I'll respond.
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Postby David Hutchinson » Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:51 pm

I grew up in Metuchen and used to go down to the Perth Amboy Branch main during the early 1960's. I have posted info before, I think under the NJ Railfan thread, regarding ops on this branch. I was mentioning the operations to Camp Kilmer, the tower located in Metuche, etc., if you can do a search and locate. I have some maps.... I think I even have the official LV track diagrams somewhere in my stuff. Send me a private e-mail with your snail mail address and I'll respond.
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Postby David Hutchinson » Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:52 pm

I grew up in Metuchen and used to go down to the Perth Amboy Branch main during the early 1960's. I have posted info before, I think under the NJ Railfan thread, regarding ops on this branch. I was mentioning the operations to Camp Kilmer, the tower located in Metuchen, etc., if you can do a search and locate. I have some maps.... I think I even have the official LV track diagrams somewhere in my stuff. Send me a private e-mail with your snail mail address and I'll respond.
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Postby TIGERFRED » Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:21 pm

will do-thanx!!
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Re: Abandonment of Raritan Branch (Edison, NJ)?

Postby green_elite_cab » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:05 pm

I'm bumping this thread,

does anyone know what that smokestack used to belong to that is visible just past Exit 9 on the turnpike (as you cross the "Basilone" bridge)? the factory it belonged to has been torn down sometime past 1940, according to photographs on HistoricAreials.com (it was a concrete pad with a smokestack in the 1947 photos) . The ruins are still there, but they are hard to see through the trees except for the smokestack.

It looks like there used to be a lot of rail service into it, and i've always been dying to know what it is.
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