Freight Branch adjacent to PATH tracks in Jersey City

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Freight Branch adjacent to PATH tracks in Jersey City

Postby MaRoFu » Mon May 22, 2017 9:09 pm

Apparently there is a freight spur (possibly part of the Passaic and Harismus Line) in Jersey City that runs adjacent to the PATH Journal square station and tracks. I'm just curious if any trains still run on the line, because when I looked on Google Earth, all I found was a branch leading to the River Line (which is most likely inoperable as there seems to be lots of vegetation on the rails), another branch leading to the National Docks Line (tracks long removed), and after passing through the PATH yard, the track just ends on the abandoned PRR Exchange Place viaduct.
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Re: Freight Branch adjacent to PATH tracks in Jersey City

Postby rr503 » Fri May 26, 2017 8:43 pm

Yeah this is a stub of the P&H line from when it used to connect to the river line which was torn up to make way for the HBLR. The remaining trackage was used up until 2012 ish by NS trash trains from South Kearny to run around their trains, but when the contract went to CSX, that practice was ended.
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