Discussion of the CNJ (aka the Jersey Central) and predecessors Elizabethtown and Somerville, and Somerville and Easton, for the period 1831 to its inclusion in ConRail in 1976. The historical society site is here: http://www.jcrhs.org/
You would never know now just how busy Lakehurst used to be, with a turntable, roundhouse, and shops. And farther south (west), Whitings Jct was such a bottleneck that the Pennsy intended to build a line from Medford to Manahawkin to bypass it. What price progress?
Tonight's forecast - dark. Followed by scattered light in the morning.
Here we see SJ-2 headed north for Elizabethport through Winslow and under the former Reading Line. Also of note is the top of the old water tower/tank just above the treeline to the right of the trestle. The Jersey Central's Winslow station is also pictured, which was closed in 1975 and later destroyed by fire. This shot was taken in August of 74. Only four years later in 1978 would the final train roll through Winslow Junction along the Southern Division before it was abandoned. (Picture taken by my uncle Jim Kranefeld)
The water tower belonged to the Jersey Central. It was actually the second water tank, having replaced the original ca 1926. Long out of service in the shot I posted, the water tower's "skeleton" lasted into the early 90's I believe before finally coming down.
-Here is a link to my "CNJ Southern Division" album. It contains pictures that I've taken over the past few years (and continue to add to) of what remains of the former Southern Division that is currently abandoned/out of service. The album begins in Lakehurst and continues south to Vineland: