This PRR branch line ran northeast from Camden, NJ to Seaside, north to Bayhead Jct. and from there north to Long Branch, NJ on the New York and Long Branch Railroad. It was built east from Camden and reached Bay Head Jct. by 1882 or so. Towns traversed included Mount Holly, Pemberton (connection with a PRR branch to Hightstown, later sold and operated as the Union Transportation Co.), Whitings (connection with the Central Railroad of NJ and the Tuckerton RR), Toms River (actually Beachwood, and intersection with CNJ's Barnegat Branch), a PRR spur across the Toms River to Island Heights, across Barnegat Bay to Seaside, north to Bay Head Jct. (connection with NY&LB), and Sea Girt (connection with the PRR Monmouth Jct. to Sea Girt Branch).
Motive power in the 1930’s included high-stepping PRR E6s (4-4-2s) and sometimes PRR 4-4-0s. Passenger cars were typically P70’s. References state there were some four passenger trains each way then.
There are pictures of PRR 1223 (a 4-4-0) in Toms River with a train of P70 coaches. Today, of course, PRR 1223 is in the Railroad Museum of Pensylvania. So are some P70 coaches, and here is the web site: http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/
That same engine pulled tourist trains on the Strasburg RR in the 1980’s. http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/
Service was cut back to Camden – Toms River by 1946, with the burning of its wooden trestle over Barnegat Bay. Passenger service in the 1952 schedule was one doodlebug each way a day. You can find a doodlebug today in the Black River and Western RR in Flemington. http://www.brwrr.com/
Here’s a map of the Philadelphia and Long Branch circa 1969: http://broadway.pennsyrr.com/Rail/Prr/M ... ingham.gif
The line east of Pemberton was gone by 1967, and rails were removed east of Mount Holly in 1984. Freight is still drilled on the line from Camden to Mount Holly. Marne Ave. makes a good place to railfan.
I once saw a picture of a doodlebug near Toms River on this line with a US Navy Blimp overhead, from the nearby Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Does anyone know where that picture can be found?