• US Navy Earle Railroad

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

Moderator: David

  by R&DB
 
IIRRC there are 4 Naval Supply ships based out of Earle. They provide supplies of all kinds to the Atlantic and Med fleets. (Including weapons) The reasons for the long piers is to protect the pupulace in case of a mishap. Highly the military would allow and civiliian use of the pier.
  by JohnFromJersey
 
If the Earle railroad was to be used for any sort of non-military use, it seems commercial use of the piers is out of the question then. Maybe you could use it to have a train running to the SeaStreak Ferry... not sure how many people use that ferry, and not sure how many people would use a MOM line that doesn't go straight to NYC/North Jersey, but requires you to hop off and get onto a ferry into the city. Not only would you have to improve the tracks from Toms River - Farmingdale to at least Class 3, but you'd also have to re-double track the Earle railroad most likely, and would need significant money to upgrade the ferry terminals in Atlantic Highlands.

Honestly, at that rate, you might as well just tear up the Henry Hudson Bike Trail, make it a railroad to the ferry again, and run a shuttle out of Matawan that would take people to and from the ferry terminal. And then have MOM originating in Lakehurst or Toms River, connect onto the Coastline at Red Bank (so people could transfer off if they want to take a train to NY instead of a ferry), and then terminate at the ferry.
  by Ken W2KB
 
R&DB wrote: Tue Sep 13, 2022 5:53 pm The reasons for the long piers is to protect the pupulace in case of a mishap. Highly the military would allow and civiliian use of the pier.
Yes, that and another substantial reason is that the water depth of Sandy Hook Bay in that area is only around 10 to 15 feet, so frequent very costly and disruptive dredging would be required for a considerable width over the two mile distance of the pier.
  by R&DB
 
In the post Ken quouted above I mistacenly letft out Highly-UN likely.
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