That's the case on the NJ Coast Line south (west) of Long Branch. This rail line brought settlement to the Jersey Shore, towns incorporating around 1880-1890. These little mile-square kingdoms each demanded a station, and at one time, there were 16 stations below Long Branch. (Nine open as of today). Closed were Hollywood, Deal, North Asbury, Avon, Como, Sea Girt, and Brielle.pdtrains wrote:Stations in NJ are also very close together. a result of the towns being developed in the area over 150 years ago. Many stations are a mile or less apart, so there is no space to speed up, and stopping every mile...my goodness...22 mph is about right for a local.
When the NY&LB extended south/west below Long Branch to Belmar (then Ocean Beach) in 1876, there were nine stations over an 8.3 mile line.
I paced a westbound NJT trains from Bradley Beach to Belmar along Memorial Drive and the train hit almost 40 mph before slowing for the Shark River Draw and Belmar, about a two mile run. Good acceleration for an eight-car ML, but not really much in making any time.
Imagine back to the time when all these stations were open. Tough schedules to keep.