And the seas parted…

Running through a sea of green on a brutally hot July day in New Jersey (air temp of 92, heat index of 99), Conrail Shared Assets Operations weekly Sayreville, NJ based local WPSA-31 makes its way to Lakewood, NJ on her regular Thursday afternoon schedule. Just 45 minutes later, a strong thunderstorm with torrential rain would engulf the area, rendering this photo impossible. Many thanks to the crew for getting out of Browns Yard just a little early for this run!

Image recorded July 13, 2017

 

Conrail Shared Assets Operations weekly Sayreville, NJ based local WPSA-31 makes its way to Lakewood, NJ

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The usual Thursday stroll

On a surprisingly sunny Thursday afternoon (most Thursdays in NJ are cloudy), Conrail Shared Assets local train SA-31 heads down the CR Southern Secondary (the old CNJ Southern Division) in Eatontown with a short consist for Lakewood, NJ. This was a main freight route for the Central RR of NJ, running from Jersey City to extreme southern NJ, from the late 19th to mid 20th century, hosting at least two trains a day. Many years ago, there was a passing siding at this point on the line, with the north switch located just about where NS 5283 (GP38-2, ex-CR 8081, nee-PC 8081, blt 2/73) is positioned in this photo. In November of 1953, CNJ train SJ-2 derailed 21 cars at this spot, with a few even climbing the embankment to the left, and it is thought that the switch contributed to the accident.

There will be no problems for the crew today, as they take their very regular Thursday stroll down the Southern; in fact, if you wake up & don’t remember what day it is in this area, you will know it’s Thursday if you see the local going by. The train is never big, and never fast (10 mph restriction on this line), but there is much rr history in this area dating back to the 1850s, and it’s good to see the line still in operation into the 21st century.

Image recorded on August 15, 2013

Conrail Train SA-31 Southern Secondary Eatontown NJ

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