GSC wrote: ↑Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:21 am
The TRIT / Barnegat Branch did have an "almost sort" of connection with service from Camden if you count the side-by-side running of the Tuckerton RR and the Barnegat Branch from Waretown to Barnegat. Although little used, there was a connection between the two at Waretown. The Tuckerton actually operated the Toms River RR / Barnegat Branch for a short time when the Toms River RR went on strike, providing service from Tuckerton, Barnegat, Toms River, and Lakehurst. (Have to look at Brinckmann's book for exact dates) The strike didn't last long, and the Tuckerton RR found it difficult to run those extra miles and keep to a convenient schedule.
I believe the Tuckerton RR was for many years controlled by the PRR, so I wonder if coming from Camden/Philly to Whiting on the PRR, you could go directly to Barnegat or Tuckerton without changing at Whiting. I doubt it - I'll have to go look at some old Official Guides and look up the connections.
Related, it would be fun to look at the CNJ and Tuckerton RR schedules, to see if you were trying to go from Forked River or Waretown for example to Camden, and took the CNJ down to Barnegat, how long a layover you had before you could get the Tuckerton RR to Whiting, and again how long you had to sit in Whiting. (The Tuckerton came in just a bit south of Waretown - was there a station there - if so how far was it from the CNJ station a bit north in Waretown?)
In Barnegat, I found maps online https://library.princeton.edu/libraries ... negat.html
Go to 1909 page 3 - the CNJ and Tuckerton RR stations were about 100-200 feet apart, just north of Bay Ave on Railroad ave (now Memorial Dr). Does anyone know if the old brick building on the NE corner of Memorial Dr & Bay Ave that I see on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/YRtrrLw3DXe7zM1u8
is the CNJ station? (I have a deja vu feeling that was discussed here on RR.net once 5 or 10 or 20 years ago...)
EDIT: WIkipedia says https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuckerton_Railroad
"In 1900, through passenger service was established by the PRR between Camden and Beach Haven." !!- that meant Camden to Whiting, going down through Barnegat, across Barnegat Bay, and then running down Long Beach Island. I wonder how long that trip took.