msernak wrote:Route 1 from Pennsylvania to Trenton and got off on 29 South. At the traffic light in front of the Katmandu night club I made a left. On the left I saw a side street next to some abandoned aprtments with what looked like trolley tracks in the grass.
To split hairs, it's a branch off the Camden & Ambouy's Trenton Branch, now used by the North Jersey Transit River Line. Somebody mows the grass, so you can see that there is a switch to single track a few feet farther away from the street. Both tracks crossed Rte. 29 and turned South into the American Bridge plant, now the baseball stadium and its retention pond. At one time, there must have been a switch to reach the river dock just North of Katmandu Club, as there is a concrete bumper on the riverbank for a siding that was torn up earlier. That would be just about the upper limit of steamboat navigation on the Delaware River, as the falls are only a few feet North. A branch of this branch ran South between Coats and Union Sts., crossing Federal and Lexington Sts. into a small building. The junction switch may still be in the grass.
The Trenton & Mercer Co. Traction 5 foot, 2 inch gauge trolleys crossed in Lamberton St. until December, 1934; Public Service Rwys. 4 foot, 8-1/2 inch and 5 foot gauge trolleys also crossed, I think in Union St., until about 1930.
One of the American Bridge Diesel engines is right across the river, now No. 395 on Tyburn RR in Fairless Hills. American Bridge had a locomotive crane and some flat cars at the end, which were scrapped there when the stadium was built, after the office building was built on the tracks between there and Katmandu.