I too played many days on the "Hinks" during the mid fifties. Perhaps I threw a few dirt bombs at you since I was a "Mount Ephraim boy" and always fought the "Gloucester City Boys" on the hills of the Cut-Off.
For those that do not know this, there are still narrow gauge tracks located in Audubon. These tracks were used to help construct the line. While teaching in a neighboring town in the eighties, a student that knew I liked trains informed me that the tracks existed close to where he lived. So, after work, I ventured to the spot and sure enough there they were including a switch. Since then, Mike DiMunno and I have traveled there several times and he has taken some great pictures of the area.
The term "Hinky-Dinks", I believe, came from the fact that the line was never completed and was called the "Dinky Railroad'. Might be wrong, but that was how it was explained to me many years ago ( Chuchubob--any help here?).
Mike and I walked about 60% of the line two years ago and found several interesting things. One being that some of the elevated hills still exist in the West Collingswood Heights area and of course, the tracks. PSE&G owns the entire line now and keeps it cleared for the most part.
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