Jersey City - Rail Yards

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Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by RichCoffey » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:42 am

Maps of the Waterfront’s History
  • Interactive Historical Overlay (Then and Now)
  • Lots of Link outs to further info
http://www.vizettes.com/kt/jersey-city/jc-railyards.htm
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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by pumpers » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:49 am

Somewhere, including railroad.net, there are great old photos, from the first half of the 1900's I think (before diselization), looking at large portions of the waterfront from Bergen Hill, seeing just about nothing but rising columns of smoke and steam.
My favorite was one (I think posted on railroad.net), which I believe it was stated was on the wall in some NJ Transit office, having been handed down through the ages. Would love to see that one again.

JS

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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by RichCoffey » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:19 am

Andy Blair’s Flicker Site has some nice photos of that era — Check out his photo stream:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wavz13/67 ... otostream/

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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by rr503 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:40 am

I would also look here

http://www.historicaerials.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by umtrr-author » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:12 pm

Go two blocks north (up) and one block west (left) and that's where I became a railfan for life! Third-floor walkup on Fifth Street, directly in sight of the Harismus Cove Viaduct (now "the Embankment").

Life would have been very different if we'd lived on the Second Floor!
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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by many19 » Sat May 19, 2018 10:16 pm

If you really want to see something really amazing. Please take a look at this page.

Make sure you are seated.

https://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/JCplat_boo ... /index.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by ExCon90 » Mon May 21, 2018 3:05 pm

And don't pull it up if you have anything important to do the rest of the day :wink:

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Post by Ken W2KB » Tue May 22, 2018 9:49 pm

ExCon90 wrote:And don't pull it up if you have anything important to do the rest of the day :wink:
'I do, so I won't. But I'll be back! Thanks!!
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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by pumpers » Wed May 23, 2018 6:35 am

Several times I have "spent many fascinating hours" ("wasted" in plain ENglish") looking at those pages. And there are other years available too, also Bayonne: http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/HUDSON_COUN ... udson.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Thanks for reminding me - it has been a few years and might be time to go back and take another look :wink: (and thanks to Rutgers for providing it all for us free). JS

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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by many19 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:43 pm

pumpers wrote:Several times I have "spent many fascinating hours" ("wasted" in plain ENglish") looking at those pages. And there are other years available too, also Bayonne: http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/HUDSON_COUN ... udson.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Thanks for reminding me - it has been a few years and might be time to go back and take another look :wink: (and thanks to Rutgers for providing it all for us free). JS

You should thank Rich Taylor and our ( NYSME) great relations with him for these maps. My understanding is that he dug these Plat Maps from the Garbage and saved them for many years. One of our member knew of it and through Rutgers very high tech scanning services they were able to bring them to life for everyone to see. I saw the original Plot for the Jersey City area before they took it to RU and the paper in some great shape.

Anyway finds like these are a rear thing. I wonder if there are Plat books like these for Chicago. That would be as amazing...

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Re: Jersey City - Rail Yards

Post by GSC » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:53 pm

As I said in my "Old Maps" thread, send coffee and sandwiches, and occasionally drop by to see if I'm still breathing.

Fascinating stuff.
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