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« Reply #120 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 10:06pm »
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Good clue. Here is another - the last remaining station. An engine house also was located here.

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« Reply #121 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 12:16pm »
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Wow, and I just MILLing around this part of New Jersey yesterday, and had no idea that I was just a STONEs throw from where this still existed. Also, got to go and visit the Frog War locale, and see what there was left to see.

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« Reply #122 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 3:52pm »
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Yes, you know this one for sure. -Millstone NJ is the location of the bridge pier in the Millstone River. The station is in Pennington NJ just off Rt 31. The line was the Mercer & Somerset which was constructed in order to stop the Reading from building their line to Bound Brook NJ.  When the Reading arrived, the PRR forces tried to stop them from crossing their line at Hopewell NJ and the "Frog war" ensued. The Reading was victorious in this and the M&S then became a money losing branch that was removed by the end of 1879. Lots of information on the ole interweb.
 
I still do not believe that the line ever was completed to the other side of the river in East Millstone NJ. It would have been on a long wooden trestle with some sort of swing bridge across the D&R canal. There are plenty of photos taken of the Millstone and New Brunswick RR at this time period, but none of what would have been a major crossing of the canal by the M&S. If anyone knows for sure and has proof, I would be most interested.


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« Reply #123 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 4:29pm »
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Ah, I did go down Main Street Pennington, too while I was down there, but I didn't see it.
 
And as far as I know too, you're right, the branch never got any further than them building the pier.  
 
I often wondered if, had some "overly rich" financier concocted a grand scheme to continue the Raritan River RR past the PRR in New Brunswick, down the Millstone Branch, around the backside of Somerset County to White House Station, connect to the Rockaway Valley, and then connect that to the Morristown and Erie. Sounds like a history for somebody's "imagineered" model railroad!


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« Reply #124 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 9:26pm »
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Imagine if the Mercer & Somerset was completed and became the preferred route between   Trenton and New York. The NEC would have taken another route through Somerset County.
 
Here is a PRR depot deep in "enemy" territory. I think I hear the Dorsey brothers...
 


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« Reply #125 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 10:05pm »
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As a former trombonist, Tommy D. was a hero, so this is a no-brainer for me. I'll say no more...

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« Reply #126 on: Apr 5th, 2016, 1:46pm »
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Interesting, I learned a few things today by being given that clue (thanks Wikipedia!)
 
I don't know why, but Clearfield, PA followed by Watkins Glen, NY popped into my head.....If I hadn't looked it up, I never would have guessed correctly in a million years.


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« Reply #127 on: Apr 6th, 2016, 6:50pm »
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This station is now being restored. I will not give it away other then to say I have been there, and the town had other railroads too.   Keith

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« Reply #128 on: Apr 6th, 2016, 7:35pm »
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I had heard that it was restored. Maybe I will get up that way again to check it out.  
 
This is Shenandoah PA - home of the PRR,Reading, LV, the Dorsey brothers and some good perogies.


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« Reply #129 on: Apr 7th, 2016, 8:24pm »
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GTL - another incursion by the PRR into RDG territory.
 


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« Reply #130 on: Apr 8th, 2016, 9:06am »
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Wow, not much to go on, hmmm?
 
Is the t-shirt in the window or the church in the background a clue?


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« Reply #131 on: Apr 11th, 2016, 6:36pm »
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The tshirt is part of the fund raising for the local historical society.
 
This location is in the far western part of RDG coal country.


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« Reply #132 on: Apr 11th, 2016, 8:51pm »
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Have not been there in some time, Lykens.   Keith

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« Reply #133 on: Apr 12th, 2016, 10:09am »
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Correct Keith, Lykens Pa. There was a lot of mining activity here years ago with the Reading also in town.
 
Glad that it has been restored.


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« Reply #134 on: Apr 12th, 2016, 10:12am »
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Wow, I had no idea the PRR got into Lykens! That is a part of Anthracite country that I have never explored, or at least don't remember ever driving through on family vacations!

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« Reply #135 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 11:54am »
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This one should be easy-peasy.......
 
Doodlebug leaving the junction on a route no longer used by passenger trains, but still sees limited freight today. Also home to a lot of musicians and actors.....And, I hear Jay and Silent Bob hang out here a lot, after all, it's kind of what they "do".


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« Reply #136 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 12:10pm »
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Could it be Red Bank, NJ?


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« Reply #137 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 1:45pm »
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Yeah, that wasn't too tough, was it?
 
Here we are at Red Bank NJ, as the PRR gas electric is, IIRC, on the CNJ's Southern Division (towards Lakewood, NJ), as the PRR used the CNJ's yard here. Red Bank was the junction where the CNJ's Southern Division "main line" branched off the NY&LB "main line".
 
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As Red bank predated the CNJ/PRR operations, Red Bank's 1876 station is of CNJ design, and was very much like a few other CNJ stations, notably Fanwood, NJ's station is shape/layout and others that no longer exist.
 
Red Bank is/was home to such entertainment notables as Kevin "Silent Bob" Smith, Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, Country artist Clint Black, and most notably, Jazz great William "Count" Basie.
 
As you can see, I grabbed this shot off eBay.


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« Reply #138 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 2:47pm »
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I watch Comic Book Men on AMC, not sure why as I don't collect comics, but anyway, it is about Jay & Silent Bob's Stash in Red Bank and you occasionally see NJT in some of outdoor scenes.
 
It appears that the NJS line from Red Bank to Port Monmouth got ripped out, along with the Navesink bridge, over a century ago, but you can still see evidence of it from Red Bank to the Navesink in Google Earth. It appears that the U.S. Government RR to the 2 mile long pier complex uses about a 1/2 miles of the old NJS RoW near Middletown.


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