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  by E-44
 
There's the Raritan River RR running from South Amboy to New Brunswick. It had a branch that crossed Ryders Lane and the Turnpike (still there by Home Depot) in East Brunswick and the main line that ran into New Brunswick, crossing under US 1, running alongside the Squibb property parallel to College Farm Rd. (still visible from the overpass on US 1 South), crossing Georges Road and terminating at the corner of Remsen Ave. and Sandford Street. The builders had intended to continue through New Brunswick to meet the PRR, but the PRR was having none of that.

https://www.sayrevillehistory.org/rarit ... htbox=ci6h

The Reading came north from Philadelphia and had trackage rights eastward on the Jersey Central running east/west just north of Camp Kilmer (now partially occupied by Livingston campus). The Lehigh Valley, running east/west parallel to and north of the CNJ, originally ran down through South Plainfield, through Metuchen (crossing under the NEC) on its way to Perth Amboy where it unloaded Pennsylvania coal. Later, it built to a terminal in Jersey City. The Perth Amboy branch is now a a rail trail from Metuchen to Perth Amboy. The Reading ran a branch to a coal barge transfer facility (Port Reading in Carteret) through Metuchen and Woodbridge (behind the Woodbridge Center shopping center).

There are great maps (some posted in other forums here) of what the Kilmer trackage looked like during WWII in the book Triumph V - Philadelphia to New York - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/195 ... 830---2002. It shows the PRR turning loop (the crossover bridge still stands above the NEC just east of Edson station) for eastbound trains coming off the NEC and the rail yards within Camp Kilmer and you can walk through the Edison parking lot on the westbound side and see the remnants that led to some of the old grey warehouse buildings , one of which used to house the Rutgers Press. I just bought a mint copy on eBay. They are stlll available used.

And lastly, there were the trolley lines that ran all through New Brunswick as well as the last ones that ran on Easton Ave. around the train station and down Albany Street across the river through Highland Park, turning north along River Rd. to Bound Brook and continuing east to Edison, where they joined with lines to Perth Amboy and Elizabeth.

http://www.jhalpin.com/metuchen/history/trolley.htm
https://newbrunswicktoday.com/2015/01/0 ... -hub-city/

So yes, lots of rails in and around New Brunswick and Piscataway. Some gone, some remnants faintly visible and some active.
  by CJPat
 
Surprisingly, Bing Maps still depicts the rail lines still in place. You can see the Pennsy spur coming north off the NEC as it approaches the area and you can see the LV/Reading coming from the North out of Metuchen dropping down parallel to the NEC before entering the Camp Kilmer area from the North at Edison Station.

https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=8586bcb7 ... orm=S00027

If you use Streetside view, you can even see some of the tracks at crossing points like onTruman Drive South. Most street views will just show grass or trees where the ROW existed like for the Pennsy ROW.
  by JohnFromJersey
 
When did they remove all the spurs that came off of the NEC in NB?
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